Steven Avery, center, looks back into the audience during a motions hearing Aug. 9, 2006, in Manitowoc County Circuit Court. Seated next to Avery is one of his attorneys, Dean Strang.
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Eviction ban ends; farmer navigates COVID-19 pandemic; unemployment claims mount; Alliant expands solar portfolio; Avery case back in the news


Of note: This week we highlight a story by our engagement reporting fellow, Allison Dikanovic, on the statewide eviction ban that expired Tuesday. Allison works for our new News414 texting news service in Milwaukee, a collaboration of Wisconsin Watch, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service and Outlier Media. News414 connects with residents to report on the news and information they need. Allison’s inaugural story provides renters facing eviction information that can help them avoid losing their place to live.

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Landlords in Wisconsin could again legally issue eviction notices starting on May 27 — the first step of the eviction filing process. Here, an eviction takes place in Milwaukee’s Burnham Park neighborhood in 2017. Credit: Adam Carr / Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Wisconsin’s coronavirus eviction ban has expired. Here’s what renters need to know.

Wisconsin Watch — May 28, 2020

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ statewide ban on evictions expired on May 26, leaving renters at risk of losing housing during a pandemic that has left hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites unemployed.

Alliant proposes $900M solar buy; 6 farms would power 175,000 homes

Wisconsin State Journal — May 26, 2020

Alliant Energy has announced plans to purchase about $900 million worth of new solar power plants in Wisconsin. The acquisition would make Alliant the largest solar operator in Wisconsin.

The Voegeli family is seen at the World Dairy Expo in 2018. Credit: Courtesy of Brian Voegeli

Introducing dairy farmer Brian Voegeli: ‘Our Family Has Been Through A Lot’

WPR/Wisconsin Watch — May 26, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed day-to-day life in Wisconsin in many ways. But for Monticello dairy farmer Bryan Voegeli, much has remained the same — although his family’s farm has been through many trials since it was established in 1854. Listen here to Bridgit Bowden’s companion audio piece on WPR.

More than 700K Wisconsin unemployment claims still haven’t been paid. Politicians are blaming the other side for delays

WPR — May 27, 2020

Republican state lawmakers sharply criticized the Evers administration on Wednesday for hundreds of thousands of unpaid unemployment claims in Wisconsin, while Democrats argued GOP policies and spending choices are to blame for delays. The state has seen an unprecedented number of jobless claims brought on by fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Steven Avery, center, looks back into the audience during a motions hearing Aug. 9, 2006, in Manitowoc County Circuit Court. Seated next to Avery is one of his attorneys, Dean Strang.

State prosecutors respond to Steven Avery’s appeal in Teresa Halbach murder, call his claims ‘speculative’ and ‘far-fetched’

Appleton Post Crescent — May 28, 2020

State prosecutors, in a brief filed in response to Steven Avery’s appeal, described the convicted murderer’s arguments as speculative, inconsistent and far-fetched. It is the latest chapter in the saga of Avery, who spent 18 years in prison for a rape he did not commit but then was convicted of a murder — a crime for which he also claims innocence.

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