Frederica Freyberg is the anchor of Wisconsin Public Television's Here & Now, a live weekly program that covers news concerning state issues and feature segments about matters in local communities throughout the state.
The state Public Service Commission approved the proposed 100-mile Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission through southwest Wisconsin. RENEW Wisconsin executive director Tyler Huebner and Environmental Law and Policy Center attorney Howard Learner discuss the decision.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has faced prison overcrowding and staffing shortages for years. Sec.-Designee Kevin Carr discusses these and other challenges the agency hopes to tackle, including plans to close the embattled Lincoln Hills juvenile facility.
With northwest Wisconsin facing multiple extreme rainstorms over the past decade, WisContext associate editor Will Cushman discusses to understand what has happened in the region and what it is doing to prepare for the future.
The issue of transportation funding was at the forefront of Wisconsin's 2019-20 budget cycle. State Department of Transportation Secretary-Designee Craig Thompson discusses local road funding needs and how Wisconsin approaches rebuilding infrastructure after major floods.
A bipartisan bill in the U.S. Senate would allow municipalities to make road improvements while spending federal aid to rebuild after a disaster. Bayfield County Highway Commissioner Paul Johanik discusses how counties are looking to get ahead of future flooding events.
An economic study examining the Foxconn tax credits details how the state could still face high costs even if it renegotiates the contract. Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research discusses these findings.
Complaints about living in the Midwest often hinge on its seasonal extremes as a top reason to steer clear of the region, and a July 2019 study highlights the health risks posed by dangerously high summer heat in Wisconsin and throughout the United States.
State Rep. Jimmy Anderson, D-Fitchburg, is asking for a change to Wisconsin Assembly rules to allow him to call in to committee hearings, which he says is a necessary accommodation for his disability. He said about working for his constituents: "They elected me, wheelchair and all."
As Wisconsin sweats in the midst of a July heatwave, a report shows that global warming could lead to a jump in dangerous high summer temperatures in the state. UW Nelson Institute for Climatic Research researcher Michael Notaro discusses the study and what it means.