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 2021-09-04 01:16 

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In WI, a $100 vaccine incentive seems to work. Nationwide, incentive results are a tossup...

MADISON, Wis. — A week after Gov. Tony Evers promised a $100 debit card to anyone in Wisconsin getting their first COVID-19 vaccine, the 7-day average of shots administered rose to its highest since late June. From free beer to cash prizes, COVID-19...

 2021-09-04 01:11 

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'When you see buses, drive like your kid is getting off of it': Girl nearly gets hit...

MADISON, Wis. — Jessica Zingg, mother to a 7th grader at Toki Middle School, has a message to drivers after witnessing her daughter nearly get hit by a car as she was coming off a school bus Thursday. "It was her first day. As the bus was coming...

 2021-09-03 20:26 

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Child psychiatrist helps parents deal with unknowns as kids return to school...

MADISON, Wis. — The first day of school can be nerve-wracking as it is. Add on a pandemic and returning to in-person learning for the first time in a year and a half, anxiety levels increase. UW Health Physician and Child Psychiatrist Marcia Slatter...

 2021-09-03 20:19 

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WI extends COVID vaccine incentive as 65K residents get first dose since start of program...

MADISON, Wis. — Unvaccinated Wisconsinites now have a few more weeks to claim $100 if they get vaccinated. Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Friday that they're extending the vaccine incentive program unti...

 2021-09-03 20:13 

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DHS Deputy Secretary Julie Willems Van Dijk to retire next week...

MADISON, Wis. — Julie Willems Van Dijk, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' deputy secretary, is retiring this month after more than 40 years of working as a nurse and public health leader. Gov. Tony Evers made the announcement Friday s...

 2021-09-03 19:10 

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Richland Center woman charged in 2019 homicide arrested for violating bond conditions...

RICHLAND CENTER, Wis. — A Richland Center woman who admitted to killing a man in 2019 was arrested Wednesday for violating the terms of her bond conditions. Amber Lundgren, 37, is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting death ...

 2021-09-03 19:01 

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Police kill alleged carjacker outside Wisconsin Walmart...

FRANKLIN, Wis. (AP) — Police killed a man outside a suburban Milwaukee Walmart after he allegedly carjacked two vehicles. Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas said the man carjacked a vehicle and kidnapped its driver some time before 8 a. m. Frida...

 2021-09-03 02:32 

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Officer faces more serious charge in Daunte Wright death...

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors have filed a more serious charge against the former suburban Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot Black motorist Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, but it is not the murder charge that activists were...

 2021-09-03 01:46 

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From HBO/Showtime production to UW Health doctor; how witnessing 9/11 changed her life...

MADISON, Wis. — Dr. Lisa Arkin, the Director of Pediatric Dermatology at UW School of Medicine, says working with children and their families is what she was put on this earth to do. A career she only discovered after the terrorist attacks in NYC on...

 2021-09-02 23:56 

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Madison Common Council backs UW Health nurses in unionization efforts...

MADISON, Wis. — UW Health nurses looking to unionize received the backing of the Madison Common Council on Thursday, as they push for a union voice. Alders and nurses are asking UW Health for a fair union election process to take place before the en...

 2021-09-02 23:18 

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Another Republican says don't sue UW over COVID policies...

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A second Republican legislator says he doesn't support suing the University of Wisconsin System over its COVID-19 protocols. Sen. Steve Nass, co-chair of the Legislature's rules committee, has threatened to sue system of...

 2021-09-02 23:10 

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$750K bond set for man charged in grandson's beating death...

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bond has been set at $750,000 cash for a Milwaukee man accused of fatally bludgeoning his 12-year-old grandson whom he accused of stealing his money. A criminal complaint alleges that 54-year-old Andrez Martina used a sledgehammer, ...

 2021-09-02 23:06 

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Milwaukee County prepared to reject election subpoena...

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Milwaukee County's chief elections clerk has indicated that he isn't going to comply with a subpoena issued by a Republican lawmaker requiring him to turn over ballots and voting machines to a GOP-controlled legislative ...

 2021-09-02 23:04 

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'Burnout': COVID-19 hospitalizations rise in Dane Co., staff concerned about another surge...

MADISON, Wis. As the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues its spread throughout Wisconsin, hospitals are once again filling with patients infected with the virus. In Dane County, hospitalizations, even in the ICU, are as high as they've been since Janu...

 2021-09-02 18:55 

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Federal pandemic unemployment benefits are about to end: Here's what to know in Wisconsin....

MADISON, Wis. — As the Delta variant continues to surge in Wisconsin and across the country, several federal unemployment benefit programs put in place last year to help people deal with the effects of the pandemic are set to expire this weekend....

 2021-09-02 18:52 

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Several Madison, Dane County roads to close next weekend for Ironman Triathlon...

MADISON, Wis. — Several downtown and campus-area roads will be closed next weekend as hundreds of athletes compete in the Ironman Triathlon. The race is scheduled to run from 6:45 a. m. until roughly midnight on Sunday, Sept. 12. Competitors will sw...

 2021-09-02 18:47 

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Doctors recommend increased precaution for kids, citing rising cases of RSV, COVID-19...

MADISON, Wis. — Cases of respiratory syncytial virus — a respiratory disease that many people contract in their childhood — have been on the rise this summer, which UW Health experts say is unusual for this time of year. Cases have been ...

 2021-09-02 18:45 

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More than five dozen local non-profits receive funding through Dane Co. grant program...

MADISON, Wis. — More than five dozen local organizations are getting a financial boost thanks to a grant program that aims to support groups working to provide services to underserved communities. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said the grant prog...

 2021-09-02 18:41 

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UW-Madison: 9 out of 10 people on campus fully vaccinated...

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Nine out of 10 people on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, including faculty, staff and students, are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The university reported the figures on Thursday. Chancellor Rebecca Blank said she is...

 2021-09-02 03:09 

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MMSD explains decision to require masks outdoors as parents prepare students for school...

MADISON, Wis. A spokesperson for the Madison Metropolitan School District says the decision to require masks outdoors for students too young to get the vaccine was made with safety in mind. The decision, announced on the eve of the first classes in the 20...

 2021-09-02 03:00 

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Living with Cancer...

You may think there are two types of people with cancer: people who beat it, and who don't. It's a little more complicated than that for thousands of others. They're the ones who will likely never ring that bell to signal they're done with...

 2021-09-02 00:26 

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Lottery ticket worth $3 million sold at New Berlin gas station...

NEW BERLIN, Wis. — One lucky person could be getting a boost to their bank account after a winning Mega Millions Megaplier ticket was sold in New Berlin on Tuesday. The ticket, worth $3 million, is the largest Wisconsin Lottery prize this year, and ...

 2021-09-02 00:22 

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Family of inmate killed in jail seek answers, accountability...

WEST BEND, Wis. (AP) — Family members have identified the inmate killed in the Washington County Jail last month. Relatives of 23-year-old Jalen Proft, of Germantown, say they are looking for answers and accountability from law enforcement. Sheriff&...

 2021-09-02 00:18 

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Man charged in homeless shelter shooting found competent for trial...

MADISON, Wis. — The man charged with shooting another man at a men's homeless shelter earlier this year has been found competent to stand trial. Ronald Stephens is charged with one count of attempted first-degree homicide with a dangerous weapon...

 2021-09-01 23:12 

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Will Labor Day travel cause a surge in COVID cases? How soon we will know....

MADISON, Wis. By now, we know the drill: The CDC encourages people not to travel during a holiday weekend, and they do it anyway. This Labor Day is no different. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is asking Americans to reconsider their plans,...

 2021-09-01 23:08 

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FBI reports 44% increase in Wisconsin hate crimes last year...

MADISON, Wis. — Hate crimes rose by 44% last year in Wisconsin, according to the latest annual FBI hate crime report. In an ongoing uptick over the past several years, the number rose to 72 last year, up from 50 hate crimes in 2019....

 2021-09-01 23:00 

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DHS to Wisconsinites: Mask up this Labor Day weekend...

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Health Services is asking Wisconsinites to mask up, and avoid indoor gatherings this Labor Day weekend. "COVID-19 cases are rising in Wisconsin due to the more contagious Delta variant," Chief Medi...

 2021-09-01 22:58 

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MMSD to require outdoor masking at all elementary and middle schools...

MADISON, Wis. — Elementary and middle school students enrolled in the Madison Metropolitan School District will now have to wear masks at all outdoor events, the district announced Wednesday. School officials said the requirement applies to staff, f...

 2021-09-01 22:56 

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Madison moms hiking, fundraising to save Afghan female athletes being targeted by Taliban...

MADISON, Wis. — It's easy to watch what's happening in Afghanistan and feel helpless. That's how two Madison moms felt before they decided to put one foot in front of the other. Jahna Cook and Danielle Jefko started a GoFundMe to benefit...

 2021-09-01 22:35 

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Former vice president at Mercyhealth facing fraud, tax evasion charges in $3M kickback...

JANESVILLE, Wis. — A Milton woman is facing fraud and tax evasion charges for her alleged involvement in a kickback scheme while she worked as a vice president at Mercyhealth. Barbara Bortner, 57, and Ryan Weckerly, 46, are both facing multiple char...

 2021-09-01 22:33 

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Chandler Halderson pleads not guilty in parents' murder, trial scheduled for January...

MADISON, Wis. — Chandler Halderson, the 23-year-old Dane County man charged with killing both of his parents, pled not guilty to all eight charges Wednesday. According to online court records, Halderson is facing two counts on each of the following ...

 2021-09-01 02:59 

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'Not again': Nurses face burnout as Delta surge fills hospital beds...

MADISON, Wis. The Delta surge is translating into more COVID-19 hospitalizations, with the number of patients in ICU beds in south central Wisconsin about tripling in the past month. According to data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the ...

 2021-09-01 01:02 

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Animal rights groups plan lawsuit to stop fall wolf hunt...

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A coalition of wildlife advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Tuesday to stop Wisconsin's wolf hunt this fall and invalidate a state law mandating annual hunts, arguing the statutes don't give wildlife officials any leeway to ...

 2021-09-01 00:59 

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Fire at Kipp Corporation causes $245K in damage...

MADISON, Wis. — A fire at an eastside business caused an estimated $245,000 in damage Monday night. Firefighters were sent to the Kipp Corporation on Atwood Avenue around 9 p. m. after employees were unable to put out the fire on their own. Respondi...

 2021-09-01 00:54 

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Wisconsin school board reverses on opting out of free meals...

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin school district has reversed a decision to leave a federal free meals program following widespread criticism and loud protests from parents and others. Waukesha school board members said they received threats in the...

 2021-09-01 00:03 

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Trouble finding certain products at the grocery store? You're not alone....

MADISON, Wis. It feels like deja vu: grocery stores once again running out of certain products. "It's not as though it's one or two products," Brandon Scholz, President of the Wisconsin Grocer's Association explained. "It's any...

 2021-09-01 00:00 

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UW nursing, pharmacy students eligible for tuition credit for giving COVID-19 vaccinations...

MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin System students will once again have the opportunity to receive a tuition credit for providing COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots. The credit is provided by funding from the Wisconsin Department of Health...

 2021-08-31 23:52 

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TDS helping mold the next generation of technicians...

MADISON, Wis. — Just about every industry has struggled to find qualified employees during the pandemic. This on-going problem is why TDS, a telecommunications company providing service in more than 30 states, decided to start a new internship progr...

 2021-08-31 23:49 

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GOP's Kleefisch takes steps to run for Wisconsin governor...

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Rebecca Kleefisch, who served as lieutenant governor for eight years under former Gov. Scott Walker, took another step toward a run for governor Tuesday, releasing dozens of policy proposals a week after she filed pap...

 2021-08-31 23:47 

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Federal funds, bus rapid transit project in Madison's largest capital improvement budget...

MADISON, Wis. — In the city's largest capital improvement budget*, Madison mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway announced a $355 million plan for 2022 that highlighted affordable housing, small business improvements, sustainability, and one of her highest ...

 2021-08-31 23:42 

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UW police say Badgers player kicked off team was cited for fight...

MADISON, Wis. — The UW-Madison police department says freshman Loyal Crawford, who was dismissed from the Badgers football team on Tuesday, was involved in a fight and cited for disorderly conduct. UWPD director of communications Marc Lovicott says ...

 2021-08-31 23:13 

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Biden praises airlift, defends departure from 'forever war' in Afghanistan...

WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing the nation, a defensive President Joe Biden on Tuesday called the U. S. military airlift to extract more than 120,000 Afghans, Americans and other allies to end a 20 year war an "extraordinary success," though mo...

 2021-08-31 03:03 

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Madison-based auto shop is looking to help prevent catalytic converter thefts...

MADISON, Wis. — One crime, in particular, is on the rise right here in Madison. As of August 10th, MPD says there have been 297 cases of stolen catalytic converters this year. Now a local repair shop, NRG Automotive Repair, will swap out your factor...

 2021-08-31 01:02 

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UW Health asks drivers to look out for children as school begins...

MADISON, Wis. — UW Health is encouraging drivers to keep an eye out for children who are walking or biking on the roads as they return to school next week. The number of traffic deaths in Dane County has already exceeded the total for all of 2020, e...

 2021-08-31 00:52 

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Mask bans in five states face federal civil rights inquiries from Education Department...

The Education Department on Monday opened civil rights investigations into five Republican-led states that have banned or limited mask requirements in schools, saying the policies could amount to discrimination against students with disabilities or health...

 2021-08-31 00:47 

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Wisconsin Easterseals Camps in need of volunteers...

MADISON, Wis. — Easterseals Wisconsin Camps are a lifeline for families of children with disabilities. Registration for next year's Respite Camp at the Elks and Camp Wawbeek in Wisconsin Dells start next week, but Easterseals is still looking fo...

 2021-08-31 00:43 

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'Can I get my COVID and flu shots on the same day?': Answering questions about flu season...

MADISON, Wis. — Doctors are not only encouraging people to get their COVID-19 vaccines, but their flu shots too. After a nearly non-existent season last year, they warn this fall could not only be bad but confusing. Q: How can I tell if I have COVID...

 2021-08-31 00:38 

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Gov. Evers Announces $25 million investment in Madison and Milwaukee transit services...

MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Tony Evers announced a $25 million investment in transit services for the City of Madison and Milwaukee County on Monday. The investment is supported by money the state received through the American Rescue Plan, and includes ove...

 2021-08-30 23:52 

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Wisconsin governor: $680K for election probe is 'outrageous'...

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers says it is "outrageous" that Republicans plan to spend $680,000 on an investigation into the 2020 election in the state. Evers on Monday accused Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos ...

 2021-08-30 23:50 

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MMSD School board passes resolution calling for mandatory staff vaccinations...

MADISON, Wis. The Madison Metropolitan School District board is calling on administrators to develop a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for its staff members by late September. The school board unanimously voted 7-0 to pass a resolution supporting a ...

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