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Wisconsin health officials are launching a new online COVID-19 vaccine registry next month.

The registry will help people determine if they're eligible for a shot, let them know where they can get it and allow them to schedule an appointment.

A number of local health departments will start testing the registry in their communities starting next week with a full launch on March 1.

If a person's local health department is participating in the registry he or she will able to access it starting then. The registry will be open to other vaccinators by April 1.

A 33-year-old Milwaukee Bucks executive and son of a billionaire is running for the U.S. Senate in 2022.

He’s vying for the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson.

Democrat Alex Lasry announced his Senate bid Wednesday in a YouTube video.

Lasry joins Outagamie County Executive Tom Nelson, also a Democrat, as the only two announced candidates in the race.

Johnson has not said yet whether he will seek a third term and several other Democrats are considering getting in.

The Wisconsin Legislature has signed off on a half-billion dollar tax cut for businesses that received loans.

That’s meant to help them keep employees on the payroll during the pandemic.

The legislation will cut taxes by $540 million by the middle of 2023 for businesses that got federal Payment Protection Plan loans.

The Assembly voted 87-3 and the Senate 2-5 on Tuesday to approve the Republican bill.

It now goes to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers who was non-committal last week about whether he would sign or veto the measure.

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Deborah Kerr and Jill Underly received the most votes in Tuesday’s primary election for state superintendent.

Kerr is the former superintendent in Brown Deer. She was the only candidate with widespread conservative support, but said she’s a Democrat.

Underly is the Pecatonica Area School District superintendent. She was endorsed by the state teachers’ union.

The two will square off in April in the race to become Wisconsin’s top education official.

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A candidate with broad support from conservatives who claims she is a Democrat and another endorsed by the state teachers union were leading Tuesday based on early results in the race to become Wisconsin’s top education official.

Deborah Kerr, the former superintendent in Brown Deer, and Jill Underly, the Pecatonica Area School District superintendent, were poised to advance from a crowded field of seven candidates with more than half of precincts reporting.

Gov. Tony Evers plans to call on the Republican-controlled Legislature to join him in passing a two-year budget he is presenting as a “bounce back” plan to help the state recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

Evers released excerpts from his speech before he was to deliver it in a pre-recorded message to the Legislature on Tuesday evening.

Evers planned to pitch his two-year state budget to the Legislature as a “Badger Bounceback” agenda as the coronavirus pandemic enters its second year.

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Ice coverage on Lake Superior has increased by nearly 25% over the past week thanks to the long stretch of subfreezing temperatures.

The lake was experiencing historically low percentages of ice in January.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, that changed Monday when nearly 32% of the lake had ice. That's a rapid increase from 7% just a week ago.


The Wisconsin Legislature is scheduled to vote on approving a half-billion dollar tax cut for businesses that received loans to help them keep employees on the payroll during the pandemic, one of several measures related to the coronavirus that are slated for consideration.

The bill cutting business taxes by $540 million by the middle of 2023 was up for a vote Tuesday in both the Senate and Assembly.

If passed, it would then go to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers who was non-committal last week about whether he would sign or veto the measure.

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A candidate for Wisconsin state superintendent who is backed by Republicans and received a $15,000 donation from a national conservative mega-donor says she’s a Democrat and voted for Joe Biden.

The race for secretary of the Department of Public Instruction is officially nonpartisan, but it often takes on a partisan tone based on endorsements and contributions candidates receive.

Tuesday’s primary will narrow the field from seven to two candidates who will face off on April 6.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it will propose a harvest quota of 200 wolves.

The group’s policy board meets Monday to discuss launching a wolf hunt immediately.

The agency considered several factors in coming up with the number.

Those include the most recent population estimate, the public response to earlier harvests, the current management plan and other research.

Wisconsin law mandates the DNR run a wolf season from November through the end of February. 44833

A new report says the coronavirus has taken its toll on Wisconsin’s transportation fund, the state’s primary source for road and infrastructure projects. The nonpartisan Wisconsin Policy Forum reported the top two revenue sources for the fund, fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees, fell short of projections by more than $116 million in fiscal year 2020. Travel plans changed last year for many Wisconsinites who opted to stay at home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A federal package passed in December could provide relief for the fund.

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers wants to allow counties to be able to double their existing sales tax and allow larger municipalities to impose a new half-cent sales tax, if local voters approve. Evers on Friday announced that his state budget plan will include the tax increase option for those local governments, which could generate additional money that he said could be put toward local roads, services, maintenance, public safety and public health.

Republican state lawmakers have ordered an audit of Wisconsin’s election, three months after Donald Trump’s narrow loss that was affirmed during a partial recount and following rejection of several lawsuits alleging wrongdoing.

The GOP-controlled Joint Legislative Audit Committee on Thursday ordered the audit to be done by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the audit will examine such issues as how the state maintains its voter rolls and when it allows voters to get absentee ballots without showing IDs.  

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A judge has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to start a wolf hunt this month rather than wait until November.

The Trump administration removed wolves from the federal endangered species list in January, returning management to the states.

Wisconsin law mandates the DNR run a wolf season from November through February.

The department had planned to start the season this November but national hunting advocacy group Hunter Nation filed a lawsuit earlier this month to force an immediate start.

Republicans who control the Legislature's finance committee have decided to give more federal aid to scores of school districts that decide to reopen to in-person instruction.

State education officials had planned to distribute $65 million in federal coronavirus relief dollars across 172 school districts and two charter schools to offset federal aid going to poorer districts in the state.

Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee voted Wednesday to instead distribute the money according to how many in-person instruction hours those districts offer.