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WI Planning J&J Vaccines for Educators

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

Teachers will be prioritized as one of the first groups to receive the new single dose Johnson and Johnson COVID vaccine in Wisconsin. CLICK TO HEAR MORE 715 NEWSROOM COVERAGE WITH JON DEMASTER: Educators in the state became eligible for the vaccine Monday. The state health department says they expect the first deliveries of the vaccine by next week. Wisconsin is one of the top states for getting shots into people’s arms.

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Controlled Burns Planned

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

It’s possible to see brush burning on state grounds from now through June. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it’s conducting controlled burns to maintain some fire-dependent ecosystems in the state. They say the burns are planned months in advance and re-assessed the day of to consider weather conditions and potential smoke spread.

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Seasonal Weight Limits In Effect

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

A seasonal weight limit for truck and freight drivers in Wisconsin is going into effect. The Chippewa County Highway Department says the temporary weight limit ban will go into effect on all Chippewa County Trunk Highways east of State Highway-27 and all Chippewa County Trunk Highways North of State Highway-64. They say the temporary load limits will last for about six-weeks depending on weather and road conditions.

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Vaccine Follow Up for Women

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

Symptoms appearing in some women after receiving the COVID vaccine are a cause for concern among obstetricians. Side effects like swollen lymph nodes under the arm the vaccine was injected into are showing up on breast scans. Doctors in Wisconsin say it’s best to wait until four-to-six weeks after receiving a second COVID vaccine dose to schedule a mammogram.

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Chippewa Falls Woman Accepts Plea Deal

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

There will be no trial in the case of a Chippewa Falls woman who tried to have her daughter’s father murdered. Prosecutors yesterday said 49-year-old Melanie Schrader accepted a plea deal. The D.A. says Schrader tried to hire a hitman back in 2019. No one is saying why she wanted her daughter’s father killed, but she offered 10-thousand-dollars for someone to do it. PHOTO CREDIT: WEAU 13 NEWS

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WI Coronavirus Continues Dip; Website Glitches Push Launch

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

The latest coronavirus snapshot in Wisconsin shows more good news. The state’s Department of Health Services yesterday reported just 324 new positives and a seven-day positivity rate of under two-and-a-half-percent. DHS says 275 people are in the hospital with the virus, of them just 71 are in the ICU. Wisconsin had more than a thousand people in the hospital with the virus at the worst of November’s peak. CLICK HERE FOR MORE FROM WI DHS. There are hiccups in the get up. Wisconsin missed the

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Man in Officer Involved Shooting Files Lawsuit

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

A man shot by Eau Claire police officers is suing. Attorneys for Tyler Holte say his 2015 officer-involved shooting left him seriously injured and with hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Eau Claire Police say officers shot Holte after he stole a car, led them on a high speed chase, hid from them, and refused to surrender. Prosecutors cleared the officers in the shooting. Holte’s lawyer says that doesn’t matter in the lawsuit.

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WI Could See Billions in Federal Relief

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

The state of Wisconsin could see just over three-billion-dollars, and cities and counties across the state could see another two-billion in the latest coronavirus relief plan from Congress. The proposal is now in the U.S. Senate and could pass with only Democratic support. Milwaukee could see over 400-million-dollars from the plan. Mayor Tom Barrett says that’s money that could pay for everything from public health to roads. Republicans in both Washington D.C. and Wisconsin say the plan is too expensive and doesn’t target relief

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Restaurant Owners Dish Up Low Expectations for 2021

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

Restaurant owners in Wisconsin say 2021 should be better than last year, but it won’t necessarily be good. A new survey from the Wisconsin Restaurant Association shows a third of restaurant owners say it will take up to 12 months to get back to normal. Another 30-percent say it will take longer than that. And about 10- percent say things will never return to normal.

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Pink Tax Plan Again Presented at Capitol

By Morgan McCarthy | March 3, 2021

One Madison lawmaker is once again trying to end Wisconsin’s sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products. Senator Melissa Agard yesterday said diapers, pads, and tampons are not luxury items, and should not be taxed. She says candy bars and potato chips are tax free in Wisconsin. Agard has proposed the same pink tax plan for several years, but it has always fallen short. The state says Wisconsin sees about three-million-dollars a year from taxes on diapers and feminine hygiene products.

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