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Thompson Announces UW System Layoffs

Thompson Announces UW System Layoffs

10% cut in administrative expenses to set example as system-wide cuts needed.

Universities Require COVID-19 Pledge

Universities Require COVID-19 Pledge

Many UW System campuses requiring pledge by staff, students to wear face masks, maintain safe distances, wash hands.

UW System Orders 350,000 COVID-19 Tests

UW System Orders 350,000 COVID-19 Tests

System plans to test students in the dorms every two weeks.

Regents Approve Rules Complying with Title IX Changes

Regents Approve Rules Complying with Title IX Changes

Without changes, UW-System could have lost $1 billion in federal revenues.

Health Departments Can Enforce State Mask-Mandate

Health Departments Can Enforce State Mask-Mandate

Despite some Sheriffs' opposition, Evers administration says it can be enforced.

$2 Million Gift For UW System Online Classes

$2 Million Gift For UW System Online Classes

Anonymous donation will be used for instructor training, technology purchases.

Thompson Seeks $110M for UW System’s COVID-19 Response

Thompson Seeks $110M for UW System’s COVID-19 Response

The interim president wants federal, state aid for PPE and testing when schools reopen.

Tommy Thompson Starts UW President Term

Tommy Thompson Starts UW President Term

His first action is gathering input from UW System faculty, staff, students and members of the public.

State Trails Midwest in Spending on Universities

State Trails Midwest in Spending on Universities

Report: Wisconsin’s public university funding below five neighboring states, down 42% since 2006.

Tommy Thompson Named Interim UW System President

Tommy Thompson Named Interim UW System President

Former governor comes in after a controversial search process that lost its top candidate.

UW-Milwaukee, Madison Will Reopen This Fall

UW-Milwaukee, Madison Will Reopen This Fall

Universities will limit the size of in person classes, with many courses moving online.

State’s LGBTQ Groups Celebrate Historic Ruling

State’s LGBTQ Groups Celebrate Historic Ruling

US Supreme Court’s decision bans workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity.

UW System Issues Pandemic Guidelines

UW System Issues Pandemic Guidelines

Campuses should have social distancing for classes, use residence halls for quarantines, testing.

State Challenges Federal Sex Assault Changes

State Challenges Federal Sex Assault Changes

Kaul joins 17 other states opposing federal rules, claiming less protection for sexual assault and harassment victims.

Faculty, Admin Slam UW Restructuring Plan

Faculty, Admin Slam UW Restructuring Plan

System leader Ray Cross proposed a restructuring plan that would cut programs across the system.

Finalist Named For UW System President

Finalist Named For UW System President

University Of Alaska System President Jim Johnson is only finalist left after others drop out.

Average UW System Graduate Earns $50,000

Average UW System Graduate Earns $50,000

That’s one year after graduation, UW analysis finds. And 87% living in state 5 years after graduating.

UW-System Lays Off 40 Administrators

UW-System Lays Off 40 Administrators

Because of COVID-19, the UW-System laid off 40 from UW-Shared Services Office.

Will Evictions, Home Foreclosures Rise?

Will Evictions, Home Foreclosures Rise?

State moratorium on both has expired, experts expect surge in problems.

Evers Promises Three New UW Regents

Evers Promises Three New UW Regents

“Extremely unusual” for board members with expired terms to stay on and continue voting.

Crime Lab Taking Longer to Process DNA Evidence

Crime Lab Taking Longer to Process DNA Evidence

The average turnaround time increased in 2019, according to a new report.

UW Plans Testing All Students, Faculty

UW Plans Testing All Students, Faculty

System President Ray Cross says goal is for in-person classes at all campuses this fall.

UW System Expects $212 million in Losses

UW System Expects $212 million in Losses

The pandemic has brought a fiscal crisis to the university system.

UW System Furloughs 588 Employees

UW System Furloughs 588 Employees

Every administrative employee furloughed, due to revenue losses caused by pandemic.

Biden Wins Big Over Sanders

Biden Wins Big Over Sanders

63 to 31 margin in state presidential primary; Biden criticizes holding of in-person election.

UW System Projects $170 Million Revenue Loss

UW System Projects $170 Million Revenue Loss

Housing and dining fee refunds and college sports revenue losses, all due to pandemic.

County Jails Cut Inmate Population

County Jails Cut Inmate Population

Eau Claire down by 49%. Sheriffs try to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks among inmates, staff.

State Grows COVID-19 Testing Capacity

State Grows COVID-19 Testing Capacity

Partnerships with private labs help. But still a shortage of tests.

Researchers Seek Plasma of COVID-19 Survivors

Researchers Seek Plasma of COVID-19 Survivors

Froedtert, Medical College seek donors. “They all have this superpower.”

State’s Colleges Will Refund $78 Million

State’s Colleges Will Refund $78 Million

Wisconsin’s 13 universities and branch campuses reimbursing students moving off campus.

State Residents Turn to Outdoors

State Residents Turn to Outdoors

To avoid going ‘stir crazy’ amid unprecedented social restrictions, many turn to parks, trails, fishing.

Gun Sales Spike

Gun Sales Spike

Apparently, COVID-19 panic has Wisconsinites stocking up on ammo and firearms.

Wisconsin Labs Overwhelmed By COVID-19 Tests

Wisconsin Labs Overwhelmed By COVID-19 Tests

Can’t keep up with demand for tests, hoping FDA will allow more private labs to process samples.

Evers Less Liberal Than National Democrats?

Evers Less Liberal Than National Democrats?

In once Progressive Wisconsin, state’s Democrats no longer in vanguard of their party.

Universities Make Changes in Face of COVID-19

Universities Make Changes in Face of COVID-19

Many campuses are going to remote classes and are asking students not to return from Spring Break.

5 UW Campuses Phasing Out Coal

5 UW Campuses Phasing Out Coal

UW System will end its statewide contract to provide coal for campuses.

UWM Offers Another Employee Buyout

UWM Offers Another Employee Buyout

Faces $7 million budget hole. Second buyout since 2015.

Report Finds ACT Test Decline Since 2014

Report Finds ACT Test Decline Since 2014

State’s students less college ready, ‘alarming' black vs white achievement gap.

Bills Would Block Tech Companies Collecting Personal Data

Bills Would Block Tech Companies Collecting Personal Data

Legislation would allow Wisconsin residents to block collection of their data and could impose fines up to $20 million.

Bill Would Prohibit Free Campaign Rallies

Bill Would Prohibit Free Campaign Rallies

Trump, Clinton campaigns still owe Eau Claire, other cities for security, sanitation costs.

State Virtual Charter Schools Up 140%

State Virtual Charter Schools Up 140%

In the last decade virtual charter school enrollment grew from 3,106 to 7,465 students.

UW-Madison Had 1,015 Conflicts of Interest

UW-Madison Had 1,015 Conflicts of Interest

No university had more conflicts since 2012 for researchers getting federal health grants.

UW System Going Big on Online Classes

UW System Going Big on Online Classes

New plan seeks to double online enrollment by 2025.

Local Governments Still Adding Wheel Taxes

Local Governments Still Adding Wheel Taxes

13 counties and 26 municipalities have enacted local wheel taxes.

Counties Exhausting Snow Plowing Budgets

Counties Exhausting Snow Plowing Budgets

Record snow in February has left some counties with no winter plowing budget for rest of year.

Regent’s UW President’s Search Criticized

Regent’s UW President’s Search Criticized

Search committee includes no faculty, staff or non-regent students.

Mercury in Great Lakes Trout Persists

Mercury in Great Lakes Trout Persists

Though waters cleaner, invasive species have forced trout to eat food with higher mercury concentrations.

State ACT Scores Dip In 2019

State ACT Scores Dip In 2019

Down slightly from prior years but still higher than the national average.

Good News, Bad News on State Budget

Good News, Bad News on State Budget

Report finds 2018-19 year had $1.7 billion surplus, but new budget will exceed projected revenues by $800 million.

UW System President Ray Cross to Retire

UW System President Ray Cross to Retire

Has held leadership roles within UW System since 2011.

Evers Opposes UW Free Speech Rules

Evers Opposes UW Free Speech Rules

Governor has veto power over UW Regents’ rules; proposal would punish students who disrupt free speech.

Regents Advance Controversial Free Speech Rules

Regents Advance Controversial Free Speech Rules

UW System students would face suspensions or expulsions for violations, if rules approved

Bill Caps Student Fees For UW System Athletics

Bill Caps Student Fees For UW System Athletics

Makes university building projects difficult to fund and reduces athletic funding at UWM

Oxycontin Maker Gave $65k to Marquette University

Oxycontin Maker Gave $65k to Marquette University

Family behind Purdue Pharma, a company being sued for its role in opioid epidemic, made $60 million in donations to universities around the world.

UW System’s Growth Is Top Heavy

UW System’s Growth Is Top Heavy

8% drop in system’s faculty over three year period while number of administrators grew 3.5%.

Marquette University Slashes Staff

Marquette University Slashes Staff

To avoid tuition hike, 24 employees laid off, 49 vacancies won’t be filled.

UW Students Oppose Free Speech Bill

UW Students Oppose Free Speech Bill

Student groups say UW Regents policy already protects free speech, law not needed.

Hands-Free Phone Law Being Pushed in Wisconsin

Hands-Free Phone Law Being Pushed in Wisconsin

An activist from Minnesota that lost his daughter to distracted driving is behind the push.

25,000 Could Lose Food Share Benefits

25,000 Could Lose Food Share Benefits

Proposed change in federal SNAP program would cut off 25,000 state recipients.

Accused Ex-UWM Professor Flees Country

Accused Ex-UWM Professor Flees Country

Anthony A. Azenabor faces criminal charges of sexually assaulting a student on campus.

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

DNA Evidence Backlog Greatly Reduced

Effort to reduce backlog yields results. Evers and Kaul want more funding for crime lab.

Evers Brings Back Pardon Review Board

Evers Brings Back Pardon Review Board

Walker disbanded it, wouldn’t pardon anyone in his eight years as governor.

No Shame in the School Lunch Line

No Shame in the School Lunch Line

Milwaukee state Rep. LaKeshia Myers is co-sponsoring a bill that would prohibit school districts from singling students out when it’s time to have a midday meal.

State’s Reported Rapes Up 34% Since 2014

State’s Reported Rapes Up 34% Since 2014

Rise in reported sexual assaults over last five years may reflect Me-Too movement.

DNR Won’t Back Frac Sand Wetland Permit

DNR Won’t Back Frac Sand Wetland Permit

Reverses stand, supports judge’s ruling invalidating Meteor Timber’s DNR permit to fill high-quality wetland.

Nearly 200 Testify at State Budget Hearing

Nearly 200 Testify at State Budget Hearing

Attendees in River Falls support increased school funding, expanding Medicaid, UW capital projects.

Cross Still Hopes for New UWM Building

Cross Still Hopes for New UWM Building

Legislature killed Evers capital budget but UW System still backs new funding, bonding authority for projects around state.

Voters Okay 75% of School Funding Requests

Voters Okay 75% of School Funding Requests

Voters approved nearly $770 million in additional funding for school districts in local referendums.

Tomah VA Didn’t Give Opioids “Like Candy”

Tomah VA Didn’t Give Opioids “Like Candy”

Inspector General report requested by Sen. Baldwin finds no evidence of opioids haphazardly prescribed.

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Why Medicaid Expansion Needed

Key to expanding health coverage, better reimbursement rates, says new state DHS secretary.

Federal Shutdown Hurts Food Share Recipients

Federal Shutdown Hurts Food Share Recipients

Demand for food pantries up due to delays getting benefits.

Shutdown May Cut Off Food Share Benefits

Shutdown May Cut Off Food Share Benefits

State official unsure whether there will be funding for the program given federal shutdown.

2 Million College Students Lack Food Stamps

2 Million College Students Lack Food Stamps

Federal GAO report finds food insecurity for 9% to more than 50% of college students.

Bipartisan Group Calls For More School Funds

Bipartisan Group Calls For More School Funds

Blue Ribbon Commission on school funding included legislators from both parties.

Renewable Energy Made Big Gains in 2018

Renewable Energy Made Big Gains in 2018

Utility companies all competing to embrace solar and wind power.

Duffy Supports Funding for Border Wall

Duffy Supports Funding for Border Wall

But Wisconsin congressman not so sure about Trump’s idea of shutting down government.

Lame Duck Law Adds Work For State Agencies

Lame Duck Law Adds Work For State Agencies

They must submit thousands of pages of “guidance documents” before public hearings on any changes in agency rules.

Lame-Duck Bill Changes Highway Funding

Lame-Duck Bill Changes Highway Funding

Will avoid federal wage requirements; experts express concerns.

DNR Wastewater Permit Backlog Still a Problem

DNR Wastewater Permit Backlog Still a Problem

One year after critical audit DNR still slow to review potential municipal, industrial and agricultural pollution.

State Shifts Cost For New Bridges

State Shifts Cost For New Bridges

Walker administration policy means counties pay entire bill if bridge built to accommodate traffic growth.

Trump’s Aid to Farms Gets Mixed Reviews

Trump’s Aid to Farms Gets Mixed Reviews

Dairy farms badly hurt by tariffs, Trump offers $12 billion national handout to farmers.

Walker Doubts Roe v. Wade at Risk

Walker Doubts Roe v. Wade at Risk

Governor says new Supreme Court justice unlikely to overturn Roe, make abortion illegal in state.

Microplastics From Great Lakes Found In Beer

Microplastics From Great Lakes Found In Beer

Researchers found 12 different brands of beer using Great Lakes water were contaminated with microplastics.