With higher prices, holiday travel, and Christmas trees in Wisconsin, Christmas tree growers are expecting demand to slow this year | Wisconsin

As nationwide travel returns to pre-pandemic levels this holiday season, fewer people are expected to be home for the holidays. And that’s why some Wisconsin Christmas tree growers are expecting a slowdown in tree sales this year. Greg Hann, director of marketing for the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Producers Association, said demand has been strong this … Read more

Racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health remain widespread in Wisconsin | Wisconsin

Racial and ethnic disparities in maternal and child health show no signs of improving in Wisconsin, according to a national report by the nonprofit March of Dimes. Wisconsin received a C overall. The state’s preterm birth rate has increased to 10 percent over the past decade. Despite this increase, Wisconsin performs slightly better than the … Read more

Ukrainians say they hid orphaned children from Russian deportation | Wisconsin

KHERSON, Ukraine — Hours after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, health workers at a children’s hospital in the south began secretly planning how to save the babies. Russians were suspected of confiscating orphans and sending them to Russia, so staff at the regional children’s hospital in the city of Kherson began fabricating medical records of … Read more

Longtime Sesame Street star Bob McGrath has died at the age of 90 | Wisconsin

Bob McGrath, an actor and recording artist who was a member of the original cast Sesame StreetShe died on Sunday. He was 90. McGrath died of complications from a stroke, his daughter Cat McGrath confirmed to NPR. The actor’s death was announced by family members on social media: “He died peacefully at home surrounded by … Read more

How the Fantastic Four took Double Dutch to new heights | Wisconsin

Dutch settlers may have brought Double Dutch to America, but it was black girls who popularized it, says Lauren Walker, president of the National Double Dutch League. “Double Dutch is Black Girl Magic. It grew out of an association of young girls in their community who came together to socialize and champion each other’s dreams … Read more

As COVID shut down India, these women opened their hearts – and wallets | Wisconsin

MUMBAI, India — The first time Sangeeta Siwan, a 45-year-old day laborer from India, found out about COVID-19 was when her employer at the packaging factory told her they were temporarily closing the shop. “Everything has been shut down… the country has been shut down. I didn’t even know it was possible,” she said. Her … Read more

Deion Sanders takes over as head coach at Colorado | Wisconsin

BOULDER, Colo. — Deion Sanders is taking on the position of head coach in Colorado, bringing his charisma and towering personality to a struggling Pac-12 program that has tumbled to the bottom of college football. The deal was announced by CU athletic director Rick George on Saturday night. As of 2020, the Pro Football Hall … Read more

Former Milwaukee election official makes first stand on voter fraud charges | Wisconsin

The former Milwaukee election official, who told investigators she mailed fake military mail-in ballots to a state legislature, has pleaded not guilty to three counts of voter fraud. Kimberly Zapata, also charged with misconduct in public office, was ordered not to have any contact with lawmakers or her former boss on the Electoral Commission. Zapata … Read more

Investigation: Longtime Eau Claire County sheriff died by suicide | Wisconsin

The suicide death of Eau Claire County’s longtime sheriff prompts local leaders to call for expanded peer support and improved access to mental health services for those working in law enforcement. Eau Claire County Sheriff Ron Cramer was scheduled to retire in January after 47 years in the sheriff’s department, including serving as sheriff since … Read more

Wisconsin-based company to boost production of critical isotopes for the healthcare industry | Wisconsin

A new facility in Beloit will help Wisconsin increase domestic supplies of a critical isotope for the healthcare industry. NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes recently completed the construction and installation of equipment at a new facility in Beloit to produce molybdenum-99 medical radioisotope. NorthStar will produce the isotope without using highly enriched uranium, reducing global risks of … Read more