Wisconsin

Software Problems Disrupt First Day of Online Learning in Miami-Dade

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Wisconsin governor wary of Trump visit … New Jersey to reopen some indoor dining … Virginia county’s plan to use libraries as daycare facilities sparks controversy … Alabama mayor asks Mardi Gras organizers to consider parade alternatives.

Teenager Charged With Homicide After Shooting at Kenosha Protest

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Hurricane Laura, pushing ‘unsurvivable’ storm surge, makes landfall in Texas and Louisiana … Former New York assembly speaker begins serving prison sentence … Idaho House votes to revoke Covid emergency declaration.

Second Night of Unrest in Wisconsin City After Police Shooting of Black Man

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | A look at local and state government ties to Idaho militias … Colorado interstate reopens after two-week wildfire closure … Connecticut city to name sewer plant after John Oliver.

One State Launches Online Tool to Help Residents Gauge Risk of Exposure to Covid-19

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services launched the "Decision Tool" after contact-tracing data showed an increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases linked to mass gatherings.

In a Bid to Save Local Restaurants, Cities Open Streets and Parking Lots to Outdoor Dining

The popular "Streatery" program in Madison, Wisconsin could extend beyond its current October end date.

States Let Law School Grads Work Without Taking the Bar Exam

Earlier this month, Louisiana cancelled the bar exam. This week the state became the fourth to enact "diploma privilege," allowing recent law school graduates to practice law without sitting for the three-day bar exam.

State Fairs Are the Latest Casualty of Covid-19

At least 15 states have canceled their annual fairs due to public health concerns amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, while others are moving ahead with modified, pared-down events.

A City Looks to Expand Its Virus Tracing Workforce in Distressed Neighborhoods

Chicago is one of the latest jurisdictions around the U.S. seeking to beef up its contact tracing program. Experts say it’s a key step towards reopening the economy.

Wisconsin Governor Abandons Trying to Negotiate Statewide Restrictions

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Survey finds black and Latino businesses not getting aid … Analysis says air pollution hasn’t decreased dramatically, despite way less traffic ... Researchers question if removal of key staffer will make Florida data release less transparent.

Sending Support: Battling Isolation, Seniors Find Comfort in Pen Pals

Senior centers, nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the country have launched pen-pal programs to help older adults battle social isolation created by the coronavirus.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Stay-at-Home Order

The ruling, the outcome of the latest legislative challenge to Gov. Tony Evers' executive authority, leaves the state with a patchwork of city and county restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Decontamination Systems Can Rejuvenate First Responders' Masks

The systems, which are being deployed across the country, can disinfect up to 80,000 N95 masks per day, allowing each to be reused up to 20 times.

State Parks See Overcrowding as Temperatures Climb

State parks across the country have limited capacity to encourage social distancing, leading to closures over the weekend as temperatures warmed and people flocked outdoors.

Governors Immortalized as Bobbleheads for Coronavirus Response

The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum immortalized four governors as bouncy-headed figurines for their state leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Supreme Court’s Wisconsin Decision Is a Terrible Sign for November

COMMENTARY | The justices are forcing citizens to choose between voting and staying safe from the coronavirus. This fall’s election could be no different.

State Legislatures Scramble to Meet in the Age of Coronavirus

Lawmakers across the country rushed to pass resolutions permitting virtual meetings and remote voting, efforts they said were necessary to adhere to social distancing guidelines and protect legislators.

A Plan to Expand Workers Comp Benefits to First Responders with PTSD

The Wisconsin Senate this week approved a bill that would extend benefits available to full-time law enforcement officers and firefighters, but not apply to volunteers or EMTs.

A Proposal to Protect Referees From Angry Parents

A Wisconsin lawmaker, who is also a youth umpire, wants to increase penalties for harassing or intimidating sports officials, a move he hopes will improve recruitment and retention in the field of athletics.

Seven Cities in a Snowy State Ban Snowballs. Now One is Poised to Reverse Course

A handful of Wisconsin cities have identically worded ordinances that ban snowball fights in public places. After going viral for their policy, officials in Wausau are ready to change it.

Putting Men on Diaper Duty

Lawmakers in Wisconsin hope to require more public buildings to place diaper changing stations in both men's and women's restrooms, the latest state to debate this new twist for so-called "potty parity."