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Tommy Thompson has surgery after water-skiing accident

Sep. 16, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Thompson, the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history and current interim president of the University of Wisconsin System, had surgery Thursday following a water-skiing accident. “On my way in to surgery this morning,” the...

Nearly 70% of state executive branch workers vaccinated

Sep. 13, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Almost 70% of state executive branch workers have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Tony Evers' administration said Monday. More than 30,000 people work in executive branch jobs across Wisconsin. Evers' administration said that so...

Police: 45 people ejected, 32 arrested during Badgers game

Sep. 12, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin police say 45 people were ejected and 32 people were arrested during the football game between the Badgers and Eastern Michigan on Saturday night. Police say 30 of the 32 citations were issued to UW students. The list...

3 sisters from Racine climb one of world's highest mountains

Sep. 11, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

RACINE, Wis. (AP) — Elizabeth DeKraay Dunlap never wants to see an energy drink or energy bar again. “They’re just disgusting,” she said. Elizabeth, along with her two sisters, Carolyn DeKraay Dickens and Sarah DeKraay, had to drink an...

Nass asks GOP leaders to sue UW System over COVID policies

Sep. 07, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sen. Steve Nass officially asked the Legislature's Republican leaders Tuesday to sue the University of Wisconsin System after system officials refused to submit their COVID-19 protocols to his committee for approval. Nass sent a letter to Assembly...

Doctors see growing number of respiratory disease in kids

Sep. 06, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Pediatricians and public health officials say a common respiratory disease that most children can easily deal with is spreading earlier than usual in Wisconsin. The disease, called respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, is common in kids under age 2...

Another Republican says don't sue UW over COVID-19 policies

Sep. 02, 2021 22:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A second Republican lawmaker says he doesn’t support suing the University of Wisconsin System over its COVID-19 protocols, deepening an intra-party squabble over whether the Legislature should take control of the system's mitigation policies. Sen....

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

Sep. 02, 2021 10:51 AM EDT

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 Thursday. Chancellor Rebecca Blank said she was proud of the impressive numbers,...

Thompson wants task force to examine higher education

Aug. 27, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson on Thursday urged the Legislature and Gov. Tony Evers to set up a task force to re-examine every aspect of higher education in the state. Thompson told WisPolitics.com President Jeff Mayers...

Thompson won't give lawmakers control of UW's COVID policies

Aug. 24, 2021 15:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson pushed back Tuesday against Republican lawmakers who claim campuses need their permission to implement COVID-19 policies, insisting university leaders don't need legislative approval to manage the schools — a...