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Of note: Today we highlight a story by FairWarning, with additional reporting from Wisconsin Watch. FairWarning’s Alexandra Tempus, a former Wisconsin Watch intern, details how fraudsters are preying on people’s fears, anxiety and confusion to execute a range of schemes, including stealing identities and selling bogus cures.
Here come the frauds: From bogus vaccine kits to ‘Silver Solution,’ coronavirus cons begin — FairWarning/Wisconsin Watch
Jobless claims hit nearly 20,000 on Wednesday as coronavirus continues to take economic toll — Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
County clerks’ guidance on voter ID law amid pandemic irks Wisconsin GOP — Wisconsin Public Radio
Calculate how much you’ll get from the $1,200 (or more) coronavirus checks — The Washington Post
Racine mayor calls for postponing April 7 election — Journal Times
La Crosse County nurse shares her experience after being diagnosed with COVID-19 — La Crosse Tribune
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At least 707 Wisconsinites have tested positive for COVID-19, and eight people have died, the Department of Health Services announced Thursday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel later reported that the virus had killed two additional Milwaukee County residents.
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Community Heroes: Mutual aid group steps it up to help neighbors in need — Milwaukee Neighborhood News
Wisconsin businesses pivot to help health care providers during pandemic — Wisconsin Public Radio
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