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Wisconsin’s 173-year-old abortion ban, rising COVID cases, and rain art

Wisconsin has a 173-year-old abortion ban that hasn't been enforced in decades. But if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the decision in Roe v. Wade, that law will trigger, criminalizing abortions in the state. Then, COVID oral antiviral medications are now widely available. And Rhinelander students are making sidewalk art that will only appear when it rains. It’s the first project of the city’s recently created public arts commission.

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Erin Gottsacker worked at WXPR as a Morning Edition host and reporter from December 2020 to January 2023. During her time at the station, Erin reported on the issues that matter most in the Northwoods.