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Wisconsin postal workers hope new Federal law will prevent further cuts to USPS services across state

Postal workers in Wisconsin are optimistic that a new law overhauling the U.S. Postal Service and injecting more than $100 billion into the service will help put an end to years of instability in the service. A bipartisan bill to address the financially strapped service will save money by reducing USPS’s health care costs and eliminating a burdensome federal requirement that the service pre-fund retirees’ expenses. The bill also makes six-day delivery a matter of law, after some cost-cutting plans could have ended Saturday service, a plan that was announced and then rejected in 2013. “If this bill didn’t...

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Governor Tony Evers kicks off statewide tour to honor Health Care Heroes for work during pandemic

Early in the pandemic the phrase “health care heroes” was used to laud those on the front lines. Now that the pandemic has loosened its grip on Wisconsin, that term is once again being used to show appreciation. On March 14, Governor Tony Evers kicked off a statewide tour to acknowledge the testing, vaccination and education efforts of those at local health departments and tribal health clinics, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, COVID-19 vaccination and testing sites, and schools. “You saved lives. Think about that,” Evers told those gathered inside the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, all of whom...

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COVID-19 in decline: Two years of the pandemic and for some the future will still include wearing masks

Before the pandemic, Margaret Wilkins of Oconomowoc was a kindergarten teacher. But in November 2020, she contracted COVID-19. The weakness, dizziness, fatigue, and heart issues, from her symptoms were scary. “I tried to go back to teach in January, but I couldn’t make it,” she said. “I was so exhausted, I barely made it a couple of hours.” Wilkins never went back to school, deciding to take an early retirement. Now, she is fully vaccinated and boosted, but will never forget how difficult her bout with COVID-19 was. She says she’s scared to get it again, so she always wears...

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Part of $1B infrastructure plan to restore polluted sites on Great Lakes includes Milwaukee River Estuary

Federal officials said work to restore polluted sites on the Great Lakes, including in Wisconsin, will wrap up faster than expected after a $1 billion boost from the bipartisan infrastructure plan. President Joe Biden and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on February 17 that the funding will allow regulators to clean up 22 sites contaminated by historic industrial practices within the next decade. The U.S. and Canada designated 43 sites, known as Areas of Concern, or AOCs, among the most polluted across the Great Lakes in 1987. “This $1 billion investment is going to turbocharge the cleanup and...

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Support for Ukraine: A growing number of Milwaukee companies have halted their business in Russia

Numerous Wisconsin companies have closed their international facilities in Ukraine and Russia as the war and violence in Ukraine escalates. The state’s largest companies including SC Johnson, Johnson Controls and Harley-Davidson — are joining some of the world’s best-known brands in pulling out of the countries following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that began on February 24. The United States and its allies have imposed wide-ranging sanctions against Russia. They’ve restricted Russia’s access to its overseas currency reserves and barred many of its banks from SWIFT, a global network that financial firms use to conduct transactions. Mary Lovely, a senior...

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Restoration of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville to its former glory gains momentum after decade-long effort

Located just 2 miles north of downtown, Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood thrived for decades with vibrant small businesses and a nightlife scene that drew people from across racial lines. But, as was the case for many of the country’s minority neighborhoods, urban renewal programs of the 1960s and 1970s destroyed much of Bronzeville. Freeway construction in the 1960s led to the loss of more than 8,000 homes, churches and businesses — scattering the once tight-knit community across Milwaukee. Artist Mutòpe Johnson lived in Bronzeville until he was about 8 years old. Now in his late 60s, Johnson said Bronzeville had...

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