A Republican-controlled committee plans to block the University of Wisconsin from instituting COVID-19 testing, masking and vaccination protocols on campuses across the state. UW President Tommy Thompson calls the move a threat to in-person classes.
As more smoke from the Canadian fires has moved into the region, Northwest Wisconsin has been included in the Air Quality Advisory. The Air Quality Alert for northern Minnesota has been extended through Tuesday. The MPCA is calling it "unprecedented."
Congress overwhelmingly passes $2.1 billion emergency legislation to fund Capitol security and visas for allies who worked alongside Americans in the Afghanistan war. The bill now goes to President Biden.
The Senate has voted to start work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure package. The vote came together quickly Wednesday night after President Joe Biden and a bipartisan group of senators reached agreement on the key part of the White House agenda.
The Superior National Forest is tightening fire restrictions further. Starting Thursday, no campfires will be allowed at all on Forest land or in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, even in designated fire rings. Propane or gas devices with an on/off switch will be permitted.