Zac Schultz is a reporter and anchor for PBS Wisconsin's Here & Now, a live weekly program that covers news concerning state issues and feature segments about matters in local communities throughout the state.
The identity of Wisconsin Rapids has always been closely tied to the paper industry. When Verso Corporation announced the it was idling its Wisconsin Rapids mill and laying off 900 employees, it cut to the heart of this community in central Wisconsin.
Police actions are under scrutiny following the release of video showing a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of an African-American man, George Floyd, for nine minutes, and Wisconsin's members of the U.S. House of Representatives weigh in the the ensuing nationwide protests.
Wisconsin’s Supreme Court struck down the state's "Safer at Home" order, leaving Wisconsin with no plan in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Tony Evers said the ruling will undercut the progress the state has made on containing COVID-19.
The Wisconsin Supreme Court met virtually to hear the lawsuit filed by the Republican-controlled Legislature against Department of Health Services Secretary-Designee Andrea Palm, arguing she and the governor overstepped their authority.
The outbreak of COVID-19 has made gathering together hard for many religious congregations, at a time when many need religion the most. But religious communities across the state are creating innovative ways to remain connected.
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and the Tavern League of Wisconsin have created alternative plans for reopening Wisconsin’s economy. The Tavern League in particular is looking to reopen bars on May 1, nearly a month before Gov. Tony Evers' Safer at Home order expires.
Assembly Bill 1038 was signed into law this week by Gov. Tony Evers. The legislation creates a pathway to spend more than $2.3 billon in federal funds slated for Wisconsin's battle with the novel coronavirus pandemic.