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UpNorthNews Daily Coronavirus Update
7 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Sen. Tammy Baldwin Interview
We talk to Sen. Tammy Baldwin about her new role as chair of a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that plays a key role in rural development and expanding high-speed internet across more of Wisconsin.
4 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
I See You Needing Fewer ICU Beds
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units has fallen below 100 for the first time in five months. Also, UW schools inch closer toward more in-person classes, but some students risk messing it up with careless behavior.
5 minutes | Feb 18, 2021
A Legislating Legislature
After more than 300 days, the Wisconsin Legislature has finally sent a bill to Gov. Evers that he'd sign. And they're likely going to do it again soon. Plus, state health officials announce a new vaccine registry.
5 minutes | Feb 17, 2021
Delete Your Account!
One of the two candidates for state superintendent of public instruction posts a racially insensitive tweet, apologizes, and deletes her account. Also, Gov. Evers and Pres. Biden go big in their Wisconsin addresses Tuesday.
6 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
Is Ron Johnson Gaslighting?
The Wisconsin senator is trying to get folks to stop believing what they saw at the US Capitol on Jan. 6. Also, Wisconsin is about to hit 1 million vaccine doses administered. And it’s primary election day in the state.
5 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
Election Integrity Attacked Again
Republican legislators have asked the Legislative Audit Bureau to review the November election despite a continued lack of any evidence of fraud. Also, there's a lot we can learn about early Black history in Wisconsin.
4 minutes | Feb 11, 2021
Members of a racial justice task force say they're moving forward despite disappointment over learning the political roots of the group's formation. Also, a Kenosha Co judge gives a surprising break to shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse.
5 minutes | Feb 10, 2021
Mutations and Legal Complications
Coronavirus case numbers continue going down, but two things could erase all of that progress: variants in the virus and legal challenges to basic safeguards.
5 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
When Batting Below 1000 Is a Good Thing
Wisconsin's new daily coronavirus cases have been 3-digit numbers for several days in a row—first time in a long time. Also, Joe Biden is coming to Milwaukee. And, we hear about how many WI workers would benefit from Biden's plan to hike the minimum wage.
5 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
High Time for Good News
Gov. Tony Evers says his next state budget proposal will include legalizing marijuana use as a way to raise $165 million per year. Also, Wisconsin's vaccination numbers have picked up sharply, ranking the state No. 1 on one national list.
5 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
Evers Provides Poison Control
Gov. Tony Evers quickly vetoed Assembly Bill 1 after weeks of letting Republicans know the poison pills in the bill would have to be removed. The restrictions on local coronavirus safety measures stayed in, so the bill is dead and relief efforts have to start again.
4 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Mask On, Mask Off, Mask On!
The Assembly votes to kill the statewide face mask safeguard from Gov. Evers. Hear what the governor had to say as he responded by declaring a brand new public health emergency and face mask requirement. Plus, reaction to the story we broke Wednesday on the political motives behind the Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparities.
5 minutes | Feb 3, 2021
They Just Didn't Want to Do Anything
Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes talks to UpNorthNews about our exclusive story revealing the email exchange between the Assembly Speaker and Majority Leader that shows a task force on racial disparities was a political smokescreen more than an effort at real police reform.
5 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Groundhog Day, Part 293
Two of the Legislature's top Republicans tried to tease Gov. Evers about Groundhog Day. They seemed to have forgotten every day has been the same since last April when it comes to the Legislature doing any work.
5 minutes | Feb 1, 2021
Wisconsin marks 21 days where the average number of new coronavirus cases goes lower. The number of people getting their second vaccine dose reaches 100,000. Plus, the state gets a big financial boost to get more people immunized faster.
4 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Progress Is Threatened
Wisconsin marks 18 straight days with a declining number of average new coronavirus cases, and nearly half-a-million vaccine doses have been administered. But Congress and the Legislature are stuck and not helping—another casualty of gerrymandering.
6 minutes | Jan 28, 2021
An Unexpected Pause
The Republican-led Wisconsin Legislature was all set Thursday to kill statewide face mask safeguards and send a coronavirus bill to Gov. Evers sure to be vetoed. But one group noticed an expensive unintended consequence, and now everything is on hold.
5 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
Not Helping the Helpers
The next priority group for COVID-19 vaccinations is officially set, made up of lots of people you'd fairly describe as helpers. Then there's a very unhelpful bunch in the state Capitol who are voting this week to make things worse for everyone.
5 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
What a Year
Wisconsin is coming up on the 1-year anniversary of the state's first COVID-19 case. There have been losses, changes, setback, and lessons learned. Also, since this was recorded, the State Senate has voted to kill face mask safeguards.
5 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Don't Spoil a Good Thing
WI has now seen 14 consecutive days where the average number of new coronavirus cases has gone down. And yet legislative Republicans may be on the verge of voting to kill the face mask safeguards.
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