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Kickapoo Coffee Now Wonderstate Coffee

Kickapoo Coffee Now Wonderstate Coffee

Drops Indigenous name amid national reckoning about race after “being called out.”

State Landlord Group Wants Evictions Delayed

State Landlord Group Wants Evictions Delayed

Wisconsin Apartment Association pushes tenant repayment plans, working with state rental assistance.

State’s Beef, Pork Farmers Getting Squeezed

State’s Beef, Pork Farmers Getting Squeezed

Prices for beef and pork plummet as meatpacking plants slow production, yet retail prices rising.

Hunger Task Force Will Distribute $1M in Dairy Products Locally

Hunger Task Force Will Distribute $1M in Dairy Products Locally

The organization will support struggling dairy farmers and local food pantries.

State’s Cheesemakers Against the World

State’s Cheesemakers Against the World

26 countries and 36 states will compete at 2020 World Championship Cheese Contest in Madison.

State Lost 10% of Dairy Farms in 2019

State Lost 10% of Dairy Farms in 2019

Low milk prices blamed for record breaking loss of farms.

More Banks May Serve Hemp Businesses

More Banks May Serve Hemp Businesses

Survey shows those willing to provide loans has risen from 17% a year ago to 48% today.

State’s Egg Producers Set New Records

State’s Egg Producers Set New Records

Demand for cage-free eggs helps drive 19% increase in production in 2019.

New Group Promotes Ethical Political Leadership

New Group Promotes Ethical Political Leadership

LeaderEthics Wisconsin offers 2020 Citizen’s Guide, hopes to battle disinformation.

Big Property Tax Hikes Hitting State

Big Property Tax Hikes Hitting State

Report predicts highest increases in a decade, driven by state’s school districts.

Green Groups Sue Public Service Commission

Green Groups Sue Public Service Commission

Two PSC members who okayed transmission lines had ties to utilities pushing project, suit charges.

China Tariffs Hurting Farmers, Kind Says

China Tariffs Hurting Farmers, Kind Says

Congressman pushes Trump to settle trade war, help farmers losing out on export markets.

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

Farm Groups Support Agriculture Secretary

Republicans threaten to force firing of Evers’ secretary Brad Pfaff; farm groups object.

Hemp Growers Assail State Regulators

Hemp Growers Assail State Regulators

Delays by state in testing fields means some growers lose valuable crops.

Organic Valley Now 100% Renewable

Organic Valley Now 100% Renewable

Largest food company in the world to get 100 percent of its energy from renewables.

Vaping-Related Diseases Traced to THC

Vaping-Related Diseases Traced to THC

State health officials warn against THC vaping products as state, national investigations grow.

State’s Exports Down in 2019

State’s Exports Down in 2019

But survey shows 67% of businesses support Trump tariffs.

Statewide Meetings Held on Student Loans

Statewide Meetings Held on Student Loans

Governor’s task force holds meetings across Wisconsin to understand crisis, find answers.

Monarch Butterfly Population Could Increase

Monarch Butterfly Population Could Increase

Numbers traveling from Mexico higher this year. Efforts to replenish habitat, reduce pesticide use needed.

High Tolerance: Alcohol Abuse Causes Foster Care Placements
High Tolerance

Alcohol Abuse Causes Foster Care Placements

Adults drinking takes toll on children, cited in 80% of foster care placements in one county.

Cross Says Budget Process Causes Competition

Cross Says Budget Process Causes Competition

UW System president says various campuses competing to get scarce funds for new facilities.

State Grows Non-Polluting Jobs

State Grows Non-Polluting Jobs

Report finds 2.4% increase in renewable energy and energy efficiency jobs in 2018.

Baldwin Wants More Federal Help With Flooding

Baldwin Wants More Federal Help With Flooding

State’s flooded areas need more help and changes in federal flood insurance needed, says Senator.

Life Harder for Less Educated Workers

Life Harder for Less Educated Workers

New report finds they have higher out-of-pocket medical expenses, lower life expectancy.

Evers Says GOP Discouraging Private Donors

Evers Says GOP Discouraging Private Donors

Legislators' rejection of capital budget may scare away private donations to university projects, governor says.

New Project Doubles State’s Solar Output

New Project Doubles State’s Solar Output

Dairyland Power Cooperative will purchase 149 megawatts from Jefferson County solar farm.

Farmers, Environmentalists Applaud Water Quality Trading Bill

Farmers, Environmentalists Applaud Water Quality Trading Bill

GOP bill would create a clearinghouse to trade credits from reducing water pollution.

Ron Johnson Calls for Ending Tariffs

Ron Johnson Calls for Ending Tariffs

Study shows Wisconsin could lose 14,000 jobs from Trump’s tariffs.

Evers Demands Respect for State Employees

Evers Demands Respect for State Employees

First executive order prohibits discrimination in state employment, second calls on agencies to respect all employees.

Federal Shutdown Impacts State Businesses

Federal Shutdown Impacts State Businesses

Wisconsin businesses booked more than $4.3 billion in government contracts in 2018.

Many Wells Contaminated in SW Wisconsin

Many Wells Contaminated in SW Wisconsin

Survey finds almost half of private wells tested in the area are contaminated

Regents Okay Pay Hike for UW Staff

Regents Okay Pay Hike for UW Staff

UW System officials say uncompetitive pay causing faculty turnover.

State Enjoys Low Food Prices for Holiday

State Enjoys Low Food Prices for Holiday

Survey of grocery stores finds fourth straight year of price declines.

Southwest Wisconsin Swings Democratic

Southwest Wisconsin Swings Democratic

Four key counties that helped elect Trump switched to Evers, Baldwin.