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First Grain Ship Leaves Ukraine: What, Where And Why It Matters
A vessel carrying Ukrainian grain has left the Black Sea port of Odesa for the first time since Russia’s invasion in late February.
The long-awaited development on Monday came after the United Nations and Turkey brokered an agreement between Russia and Ukraine last month. It has raised hopes of easing a growing food crisis threatening people around the world.
Here is what you need to know.Read More
Schools Look To Get Back On Track After 2 Terrible Years
Schools are intensely focused this year on trying to regroup after two-plus years of interrupted learning — including helping students catch up, both socially and academically.
Students of all ages suffered steep declines in academic achievement during the pandemic. And with classes resuming soon, schools are facing a daunting challenge as they try to make up for that lost time.
At the current rate, it may take years for some students to recover from pandemic-era learning loss, according to a NWEA report earlier this month.Read More
How Joe Manchin's Change Of Heart Could Revive The U.S. Solar Industry
The gamble by a company here churning out large volumes of solar panels was starting to look risky.
Its plan to be a launchpad for a solar manufacturing resurgence was already audacious in an industry so dominated by China, whose cheap products drove the closure of many American solar plants. Government investment championed by the White House was supposed to position domestic firms to compete, but a paralyzed Congress was refusing to write the check.
But the wager in Dalton by Qcells North America may have paid off with an ambitious climate package now on a path to President Biden's desk. The bill, negotiated in part by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., would deliver billions of dollars in tax and other incentives to U.S. solar manufacturers, equipping them with government support on a scale of those China used to corner the market.Read More
Indiana Cop Shot And Killed During Traffic Stop
A police officer was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Elwood, Indiana, on Sunday.
Officer Noah Shahnavaz, 24, was conducting a traffic stop in Madison County at around 2 a.m. when a suspect exited their car and began firing.
"For an unknown reason, the suspect exited the Buick and fired multiple rounds striking the officer at least one time. Before additional officers arrived, the suspect fled from the scene," the Indiana State Police said in a news release, according to WRTV.Read More
Kelly Hughes, The First SI Swim Model To Bare Her C-Section Scar, Reacts To Negative Comments On Social Media
Kelly Hughes made history this summer when she became the first model to bare her cesarean-section scar for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition in the magazine's 58-year history.
The outlet partnered with Frida Mom to raise awareness of Pay With Change, an initiative aimed to "positively shift the mainstream cultural narratives associated with women’s bodies – especially when becoming a mom."
The proud model and mom wore a nude-hued skimpy string bikini for the 2022 issue which features Kim Kardashian, Maye Musk, Ciara and Yumi Nu as this year’s cover girls.Read More
State Treasurer Candidates Vie For The Nearly-Eliminated Role
In 2018, a failed ballot measure sought to eliminate the state treasurer position. But this year, six candidates for the seat attest the role is indispensable.
Over the past few decades, governors and state legislators have stripped away more of the office's official duties. The winning candidate’s main job will be to sit on BCPL, which manages a trust fund valued at more than $1.4 billion and 77,000 acres of state land. The board invests mainly in public schools, libraries and infrastructure projects.
Previous candidates have used the job as a political stepping stone. Current Treasurer Sarah Godlewski was running for U.S. Senate until Friday and former Treasurer Matt Adamczyk made a failed run for the State Assembly in 2018.
This year, three Democrats, two Republicans and a Constitution Party candidate are vying to take over the office, which has just one full-time employee.Read More
Dane County Judge Awards Lawyers Fees To Watchdog Group In Open Records Case
A Dane County judge has ruled that a liberal watchdog group is entitled to attorney fees in a case seeking records from the Republican-led elections investigation.
Judge Valery Bailey-Rihn said that the public got a full look at the investigation thanks to American Oversight.
“We have absolutely found out from this case, or at least my case that there was absolutely no evidence of election fraud. We have also found out that apparently the assembly and some of the leaders of the people, the States believe that they have no obligation to comply with the open records law.”Read More
A Democrat Who Dropped Out Of The Wisconsin Senate Race Is Giving The Party A $600,000 Surprise Gift
The Milwaukee Bucks executive who dropped out of the Wisconsin Senate race this week is in a giving mood.
After he immediately threw his support behind fellow Democrat Mandela Barnes, the state’s lieutenant governor, Alex Lasry is now offering another gift to boost his former rival.
Lasry said he will use $584,000 worth of previously purchased airtime to run attack ads against Republican Sen. Ron Johnson, his campaign told NBC News.Read More
Salmonella Infections Linked To Shelled Peas Sold At Wisconsin Farmers Markets And Farm Stands
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS), in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) and local health departments, is working to investigate cases of Salmonella infection associated with shelled peas sold at Wisconsin farmers markets. The investigation shows that at least six people were infected with the same strain of Salmonella bacteria after purchasing shelled peas produced by Green Barn Farm Market of Ripon, Wisconsin. The peas were sold at Green Barn Farm Market farm stands and farmers markets in Ripon, Green Bay, Madison, and Fond du Lac, as well as Green Valley Acres Farm and Company farm stand in Neenah. Shelled peas are loose, no longer in their pod.
Anyone who purchased shelled (loose) peas from Green Barn Farm Market or Green Valley Acres Farm since July 1, 2022, is advised to not eat them and to throw them away, even if the peas have been frozen. If you ate any shelled (loose) peas purchased from Green Barn Farm Market or Green Valley Acres Farm since July 1, 2022, and are experiencing symptoms of salmonellosis, contact a doctor right away. Let them know you may have been in contact with Salmonella. Signs and symptoms of Salmonella infection include diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever, and vomiting that lasts for several days.Read More
Wisconsin Badgers Weekly Recruiting Rundown
Next week the Wisconsin Badgers football team will begin fall camp, while the men's basketball team is inching closer to their 10-day trip to France.
However, that has not stopped both programs from continuing to recruit for future classes, as this week once again brought about plenty of recruiting developments, offers, and news.
In an attempt to provide an overview of everything that happened during the past seven days, here is the weekly recruiting rundown.Read More