So you’ve been diagnosed with COVID-19. What next?

By Bram Sable-Smith WPR/Wisconsin Watch Morganne Seiner struggled to decide whether to visit her sister’s family in Marshfield, Wisconsin for Christmas. The 29-year-old Waterloo resident is five-months pregnant with her first child, a girl. She knew that traveling could put herself and the baby at risk of exposure to the coronavirus.  This story also appeared […]

Posted inCommunity, Government, Health, Home, Non-Profits, Parenting, Unlocking Racine

Testing for childhood lead poisoning in Racine County dropped to the lowest levels in 5 years, here’s why that’s a problem

At any level, lead is a poisonous neurotoxin and a notorious thief of human potential. Every year, Racine County health officials witness the diagnosis of lead poisoning in over 100 children per year. However, as testing levels decrease, many children remain undiagnosed, resulting in dire consequences. The primary source of lead exposure is lead-based paint. […]


Illness, stress fill a COVID-19 unit as Wisconsin leaders stalemate

By Bram Sable-Smith WPR/Wisconsin Watch The exterior of University Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin on Tuesday afternoon looked remarkably ordinary. A line of cars queued outside of the parking garage, where drivers must still push a button and grab a ticket before entering.Patients streamed in and out of the building. The first hint that these are […]

Posted inCommunity, Letter to the Editor

Retirees to Sen. Johnson: Focus on Wisconsin’s Needs, Not Conspiracy Theories

Statement from Gary Mitchell, President of the Wisconsin Alliance for Retired Americans, regarding the decision of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson to convene a hearing on Wednesday, December 16 about “Irregularities in the 2020 Election”: Senator Johnson needs to get his priorities in order and do his job for the […]

Posted inBusiness, Local news

The Ongoing COVID Crisis and Opportunities for Business Owners

Based on a new survey which interviewed 200 organizations, 91% of enterprises have been impacted by COVID-19 and expect the effects to continue for the foreseeable future.  A further 64% of respondents said that COVID-19 has impacted their capacity to serve their clients or customers. According to the businesses surveyed, the most significant business impacts […]

Posted inCORONAVIRUS, Government, Local news

Parts of Racine County loosen up COVID-19 restrictions

RACINE COUNTY – With the number of COVID-19 cases in Racine County starting to drop, officials with the Central Racine County Health Department are loosening the reins on COVID-19 restrictions. Individuals are encouraged to wear face coverings. And most retail businesses may continue to operate at 50 percent capacity to prevent the spread of the […]

Posted inCORONAVIRUS, Government, Local news

As COVID-19 spreads, so do conspiracy theories. A Wisconsin professor teaches ways to confront them.

Ajay Sethi, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of its Master of Public Health program, studies the spread of infectious diseases such as HIV and measles. He also studies the spread of public health conspiracies, which can quickly unravel the progress achieved by researchers. This story also appeared in Conspiracies in […]

Posted inCelebrations

Favorite Halloween Candies

Trick or Treating is taking place in municipalities across Racine and Kenosha County. While children may enjoy going from door to door, the real fun is waiting to see which treats make it into their bags. FiveThirtyEight, a Walt Disney owned company, rounded up results of favorite Halloween treats. The website, also known as 538, […]

Posted inGovernment, Local news

Undocumented immigrants qualify for rent relief, but Wisconsin sends mixed signals

By Vanessa Swales, Wisconsin Watch Some regional nonprofits administering Gov. Tony Evers’ $322 million emergency rental assistance program may be unintentionally discouraging non-U.S. citizens from applying — even though immigration status holds no bearing on eligibility for the federally financed program. At least eight of the 14 organizations administering the Wisconsin Emergency Rental Assistance (WERA) program […]

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