Madison Commons Media Digest, September 20, 2020

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Wisconsin approaching 100,000 all-time coronavirus cases, Stephen Cohn, Channel3000, Sept. 19. Wisconsin clerks say they're prepared to deliver timely election results, Riley Vetterkind, Wisconsin State Journal, Sept. 20; Voting absentee in the Nov. 3 election?

Private schools set to reopen after Supreme Court halts public health order

Private schools across Dane County are planning to reopen their classrooms as early as Monday after the Wisconsin Supreme Court temporarily blocked an order issued by Public Health Madison & Dane County that had barred in-person instruction for grades 3-12.

This comes after several parents, schools, and other groups petitioned the court to strike down Emergency Order No. 9. The order originally barred all schools from in-person instruction for grades 3-12, but it was later amended to allow in-person learning for students with disabilities in any grade.

Madison Commons Media Digest, September 13, 2020

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Wisconsin Supreme Court temporarily suspends mailing of absentee ballots, Riley Vetterkind, Wisconsin State Journal, Sept. 11. State Supreme Court puts pause on Dane County public health order barring in-person school, Scott Girard, Capital Times, Sept. 10. COVID-19

Madison hospitals restrict visitors due to recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Dane County, Elizabeth Beyer, WSJ, Sept.

The Bus Stops Here: When Improvement Means Back to 85% of Normal

Beginning August 23, 2020 Madison Metro Transit resumed a roughly 85% level of regular service (revenue hours), a huge improvement over its much leaner "essential" routing that began near the end of March. At that time, Madisonians got to see how essential it is to have a public transit system that continues to operate, even during a pandemic, and even in a much-reduced form. 

Everett Mitchell steps into new role as presiding judge of juvenile division for Dane County Circuit Court

For Everett Mitchell, a Dane County Circuit Court Judge since 2016, one of the traits that he says makes a good judge is curiosity.

“It's never rubberstamping what people do, but rather be curious upon every hearing that you have. As long as you remain curious, you continue to ask the right questions, the best questions, the thoughtful questions and you push," he says, "and the community can bring the best out of what we can do."

Madison Commons Media Digest, September 6, 2020

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Wisconsin's positive test rate nears 12% as 15 more die, Robert Chappell, Madison365, Sept. 5. UW-Madison orders nine sororities, fraternities with positive COVID-19 cases to quarantine, Kelly Meyerhofer, Wisconsin State Journal, Sept. 5; UW students make up a quarter of Dane County COVID cases, Yvonne Kim, Capital Times, Sept. 4.