Local Newscast

Every weekday at 1:06 p.m., WXPR Public Radio airs a local news roundup with all of our top stories from the last 24 hours.

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In Friday's WXPR midday news:

  • What to do with all those plastic grocery bags? A Rhinelander project has a recycling solution.
  • Contractor tax fraud in Wisconsin may be more severe than you might expect.
  • Eagle River now has an ordinance regulating shipping containers.
  • Wisconsin's unemployment rate remains far below that of the rest of the country.

  • Michigan expands antibody treatment to cut hospitalizations
  • Harmful chemicals found at Gogebic-Iron County airport prompt PFAS sampling of residential wells in North Ironwood
  • Kwik Trip plans to expand to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula
  • Warm temperatures bring signs and sounds of spring

  • Wisconsin and Michigan pause administration of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine
  • COVID-19 cases rise in Wisconsin among people under the age of 18
  • Michigan extends workplace virus rules to keep office work remote
  • The Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearing seeks public input

  • CDC director urges Michigan to “close things down” as COVID-19 cases surge
  • Michigan focuses on vaccinating homebound residents
  • Wisconsin receives less food aid after the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision to override Gov. Tony Evers public health emergency
  • Wisconsin health experts express concern about the impact of climate change on health

  • Sno-Eagles Snowmobile Club of Eagle River and Landover ATV/UTV Club of Conover debate trail maintenance
  • Opponents of Michigan’s proposed trans sports ban work to educate people about its dangers
  • Michigan presses White House for more vaccines as COVID-19 cases continue to surge
  • Three Northwoods schools drop mask requirements following the state Supreme Court ruling overturning Gov. Evers’ mask mandate

  • Plans being put together for fall wolf hunt in Wisconsin
  • Over 3-million COVID-19 shots have been administered in the state
  • Proposal would expand the Knowles Nelson Stewardship Program
  • Winter Park & Nordic Center in Minocqua looks to add mountain bike trails

  • Jill Underly defeats Deb Kerr to become Wisconsin’s next top education official
  • Lincoln and Oneida County voters voted against raising taxes to pay for road maintenance
  • Tax levy increases for school funding were met with a mixed response from Northwoods voters
  • Voter turnout is at standard levels for a spring election as people return to the polls a year into the COVID-19 pandemic

  • It’s election day in Wisconsin. Voters will select the next state superintendent and determine the winners of local elections for town and school boards.
  • The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources launched a new Lake Monitoring and Protection Network to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
  • Gov. Tony Evers declared a State of Emergency because of wildfires across the state
  • Stormy Kromer recognized as one of Michigan’s Top 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Businesses

  • Canadian National rail line sale could open options for local industry
  • Wisconsin prisons and jails have their lowest population in 20 years
  • Milwaukee mayor proposes holding the Major League Baseball All-Star game in Wisconsin
  • Granite Peak closes its slopes early amid warm weather and a rainy forecast

  • Aging population a challenge for Wisconsin's healthcare system
  • Construction work to begin this month to expand broadband service in Boulder Junction
  • Lumber prices up, but loggers not benefiting
  • Police seize drugs, money and a gun in Crandon bust

  • Governor encourages wearing masks after court overturns mask mandate
  • Voters will pick top education leader on Tuesday
  • Program will seek to connect students with employers
  • Jail inmates may face challenges exercising right to vote

  • Wisconsin opens vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older starting Monday
  • Rhinelander Oneida County airport will start offering daily, direct flights to Chicago this summer
  • The Pioneer Historical Complex seeks volunteers

  • The election for superintendent of Wisconsin schools is just a week away
  • The Marshfield Clinic Research Institute completed a study on the effectiveness of Moderna and Pfizer vaccines in the real world
  • COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Michigan

  • Wisconsin libraries benefit from latest stimulus bill
  • The Lakeland Area Mountain Biking Organization raises funds to build mountain bike pump track in Minocqua
  • Gov. Tony Evers signs a bill to lower the cost of prescription drugs in Wisconsin and gives an update on the state’s vaccination rollout

  • Several school districts to ask voters for help during spring elections
  • Cases down, but COVID-19 still a concern in Wisconsin
  • Ticks already active after early snow melt
  • Some in Michigan concerned by efforts to keep oil pipeline operational

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