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University researchers trying to make up for lost time

Nov. 20, 2021 01:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — First came the 2019 flood. Then COVID-19 hit. And this summer, maintenance and construction problems closed most of the Chemistry Building, a shutdown that spanned nearly 90 days. The two affected wings just reopened on the...

GOP leaders rip university class that touches on race theory

Nov. 17, 2021 16:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two top state Republicans are criticizing mandatory University of Wisconsin-Madison sexual violence prevention training that includes references to privilege, identity and critical race theory. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Tuesday wrote a letter to...

USDA announces $20.2M for dairy business innovation

Nov. 12, 2021 12:04 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced $20.2 million in investments in dairy business innovation efforts, including in the Northeast Dairy Business Innovation Center in Vermont, that it says will help small dairy farms as they recover from the pandemic. ...

UW-Madison flies Ho-Chunk Nation flag atop Bascom Hall

Nov. 06, 2021 14:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison has raised the Ho-Chunk Nation flag over its main administration building, marking the first time that the university has flown another nation’s flag with the U.S. flag and the Wisconsin flag. ...

Statue of Vel Phillips approved for Wisconsin Capitol

Nov. 01, 2021 18:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vel Phillips, Wisconsin’s first Black secretary of state, will be honored with a statue on the state's Capitol grounds, a state board decided Monday. The Capitol and Executive Residence Board voted unanimously to erect the statue of Phillips, the...

Look ma, no hands! Racine leaders unveil driverless vehicle

Nov. 01, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — The city of Racine will be the first in southeastern Wisconsin to experiment with vehicles that can be operated without a driver. But Racine leaders said it will be a while — maybe a long while — before there’s a lot of use of autonomous cars and buses in that...

UW System to follow vaccine order for federal contractors

Oct. 27, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System said Wednesday that it will comply with an executive order issued by President Joe Biden that requires federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden’s order has convinced colleges across the...

Former GOP lawmaker Jarchow running for attorney general

Oct. 21, 2021 19:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Republican state Rep. Adam Jarchow is running for attorney general, setting up a primary with Fond du Lac District Attorney Eric Toney. Jarchow told the Cap Times in a story published Thursday that he was running and...

Northwestern names UW-Madison chancellor as next president

Oct. 11, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Chancellor Rebecca Blank is leaving the University of Wisconsin-Madison to become the first female president of Northwestern University, the suburban Chicago school announced Monday. Blank will succeed Morton Schapiro as its 17th president next...

Man accused of shooting Madison police officer

Oct. 11, 2021 07:35 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Fitchburg man was arrested after he allegedly shot a Madison police officer on the city's popular pedestrian mall. The Wisconsin State Journal reported the 19-year-old man shot the officer early Sunday on State Street, a...