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The coronavirus pandemic is forcing a lot of people and companies into making creative solutions to meet the high demand for personal protective equipment (PPE).

Engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and campus colleagues are working with Midwest Prototyping and design consulting firm Delve to design and create medical face shields. The shields are a key piece in PPEs used by health care workers treating coronavirus patients.

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All 14 branches of the Milwaukee Public Library system have been closed to prevent the spread of coronavirus — and for good reason. In healthy times, people from all walks of life congregate at the public library.

Libraries usually provide an important social service, in addition to being a place for information, literature, and entertainment. But a librarian’s training mostly focuses on organizational skills. They are often ill-equipped to handle so much social interaction — especially among the vulnerable populations who depend on libraries for computers and meeting spaces.

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Milwaukee has a rich musical history, and a new anthology is taking a personal approach in chronicling generations of music in the city. From folk, rock 'n' roll, blues, and R&B — Milwaukee Rock and Roll 1950-2000: A Reflective History chronicles the performers, promoters, photographers and DJs that played a pivotal role in shaping the city's musical history.

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In a moment of crisis, the first thing most people do is turn on the news. TV and radio stations provide the public with important public health directives, while newspapers ask a lot of questions and lay them all out.

But even before the coronavirus outbreak, America lost over 7,800 journalism jobs in 2019 alone.

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Pandemics and recessions are trying times, not only for people but for businesses. Some businesses rise to the challenge and serve customers in their time of need, while others see it as an opportunity for fraud and profit over people.

Consumers may need help to spot the difference and protect their wallets while protecting their health as well.

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Research in the Centers for AIDS Intervention at the Medical College of Wisconsin is looking at how racism and homophobia influence HIV prevention efforts among young black gay and bisexual men in Milwaukee — specifically, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) treatment. PrEP is a daily medication taken to prevent HIV.

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It's been two months since President Donald Trump's impeachment trial concluded in the U.S. Senate. The president was charged with obstructing Congress and abuse of power, which hinged on Trump’s conversations with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The case involved many U.S. diplomats, highlighting their often unseen work.

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise around the world, there’s been concern about people in detention centers and the continued arrests of undocumented immigrants. Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) cannot arrest people who are seeking care at hospitals, they are still making new arrests.

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Every month, Adam Carr from the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service talks about some of the community events happening in Milwaukee. But of course, this month is a little different.

With the coronavirus pandemic and Gov. Tony Evers' safer-at-home order, it’s a little difficult to go and explore things happening in our community. But Carr has you covered — highlighting things you can experience from the comfort and safety of your own home.

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Many of us have probably never lived through something like a viral pandemic.

But your grandparents might have.

Before the coronavirus outbreak, the last time America faced something like what we’re living through now was in 1918 during the Spanish flu. As many as one-third of the world contracted the virus — 50 million people died.

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Being in isolation can be extremely lonely. For those who are hearing impaired, that isolation is felt all the time. Simple communication or an ordinary interaction with another person can be a challenge. Lake Effect contributor Jan Wilberg shares an essay about her experience in a doctor’s office.

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Many of us are sitting at home to make our community safer as we weather the coronavirus pandemic. It’s an opportunity to reflect on our civic duties, what that means to us and our personal responsibilities to the people around us.

A new project by Kevin Miyazaki and Mary Louise Schumacher, called "This Is Milwaukee," is asking and answering these questions through intimate portraiture and interviews of people who call Milwaukee home.

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The coronavirus began spreading rapidly in Wuhan, China, late last year and now affects thousands globally. There are currently more than 100,000 cases in the United States.

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As frequent travelers know, or just about anyone who’s ever stayed in a hotel, you’re pretty much guaranteed some reading material in your room. 

The Bible can be found in more than half of bedside tables in hotel rooms. Largely thanks to Gideons International, which has donated over 1 billion Bibles worldwide.

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Wisconsin’s presidential primary and spring elections will be held next Tuesday, April 7. Two hopefuls are vying for a 10-year term on the state Supreme Court. Conservative incumbent Daniel Kelly faces a challenge from Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky, who is supported by Democrats. Although the position is officially non-partisan, the court currently has a 5-2 conservative majority. Democrats are hoping that with a Karofsky victory, the lead would be narrowed to 4-3. 

We've interviewed both candidates.