UW System to follow vaccine order for federal contractors

The University of Wisconsin System says it will comply with an executive order issued by President Biden that requires federal contractors to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Biden’s order has convinced colleges across the country to institute vaccine requirements, even in some conservative states where governors and legislators oppose mandates. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the order covers not only people directly paid by federal contracts, but also anyone who works to support them. It is not clear whether the UW System has interpreted the broadly-written order to be a campus-wide employee mandate and whether it would apply to all campuses.

Wisconsin lawmakers send anti-abortion bills to governor

The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly has given final approval to a package of anti-abortion bills that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is all but certain to veto. No Democrats voted for the bills that passed Wednesday. Republican supporters say the measures will reduce the number of abortions in the state. Evers vetoed several of the bills two years ago, including one creating a criminal penalty for doctors who fail to give medical care in extremely rare circumstance in which a baby is born alive after a failed abortion. Republicans do not have enough votes in the Legislature to override an Evers veto. 

Major closures on the way for I-39/90 ramp to Beltline

MADISON, Wis. - Drivers looking to access the Beltline from I-39/90 South will have to find another route next week. The southbound ramp from I-39/90 to the Beltline westbound will be closed to all traffic starting at 2 a.m. Nov.…

Sheriff: Movie set showed 'some complacency' with weapons

Investigators say there was “some complacency” in how weapons were handled on a movie set where Alec Baldwin accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer and wounded another person. Speaking Wednesday at a news conference, they also said it’s too soon to determine whether charges will be filed. Santa Fe County Sheriff Adan Mendoza noted that 500 rounds of ammunition were found while searching the set of the Western “Rust.” They included a mix of blanks, dummy rounds and live rounds.

Wisconsin lawmakers send anti-abortion bills to governor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly gave final approval Wednesday to a package of anti-abortion bills, many of which Democratic Gov. Tony Evers vetoed two years ago and is all but certain to reject again.

Rotary Lights leader, volunteers vow to rebound from theft of $10,000 worth of power cords

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — For the 27th year, preparation for Riverside Park’s annual Rotary Lights setup is underway, but vandals set the process back. Volunteers began moving the electrical pedestals needed to power the display to Riverside Park on Friday. But over the weekend, vandals cut and stole about $10,000 worth of cords. Rotary Lights is a La Crosse…

Wisconsin conservation crews remove invasive fish from Mississippi River

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources teamed up with other conservation crews to remove invasive species from the Mississippi River. Their goal is to remove Silver Carp from the area. Crews used underwater speakers and nets to herd fish into areas where they could survey native fish and remove carp. The invasive carp can have a…