WORT Local News

WORT Local News

Breaking news and feature stories straight from the WORT News team’s underground lair in Madison, Wisconsin. New episodes every Monday through Thursday at 7:30 PM. Also available live on 89.9 FM from 6:00-7:00 PM and online anytime at WORTFM.org.

Episodes

August 11, 2022 47 min

This is your WORT local news for Thursday, August 11.

  • We get an update on the current state of Monkeypox here in Dane County,
  • We look at what makes three southeastern Wisconsin counties so important in Wisconsin elections,
  • And in the second half, a conversation with a corrections officer, horse-powered ice cream, and our new feature heads to the lake to search for some fish.

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    This is your WORT local news for Wednesday, August 10.

  • We recap last night’s primary election - which saw Tim Michels take home the Republican nomination for Governor, 
  • And also saw Assembly Speaker Robin Vos struggle with a surprisingly tight race to keep his job,
  • And in the second half, things get rocky in Fountain City, a city dance leads to flaring racial tensions in 1960s Madison, and the most comprehensive weather report on the ...
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    This is your WORT local news for Tuesday, August 9.

  • We head to the polls to talk with voters about today’s primary…
  • We speak with a former Dane County judge investigating allegations at the Henry Vilas Zoo…
  • And in the second half, Our Faith Communities explores what it means to be a Christian, Wildlife Weekly explains why cats can be bad for the environment, and Radio Astronomy celebrates the power of curiosity.
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    This is your WORT local news for Monday, August 8.

  • Former President Donald Trump comes to Wisconsin ahead of tomorrow’s primary election,
  • Rural Wisconsin roads are having a hard time keeping up with repairs,
  • Oshkosh Defense runs into hot water when they try and move production out of their namesake city,
  • And in the second half, this week in city and county meetings, how to deal with burnout, and two new movie reviews.

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    This is your WORT local news for Thursday, August 4.

  • UW Madison employees pen an open letter calling for increased COVID protections,
  • We look at what’s going on with Attorney General Kaul’s lawsuit against the state’s abortion ban,
  • The village of Belleville gets into hot water with closed-door meetings over the sale of an old library,
  • And in the second half, Madison is facing a vet shortage, Gableman’s legal fees begin to add up, and a...
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    This is your WORT local news for Wednesday, August 3.

  • Disability Pride returns to Madison after a hiatus from the pandemic,
  • Union leaders gather in Madison to call for Congress to address inflation,
  • Protesters gather in Racine to call for the arrest of a man who admitted to committing voter fraud,
  • And in the second half, stargazing at Donald Park, an early iteration of the Civilian Police Oversight Board, and the most comprehensive wea...
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    This is your WORT local news for Tuesday, August 2.

  • The Dane County Jail may be getting a new plan more in line with its original budget…
  • We talk to Tim Ramthun, a Republican candidate for governor, about why he wants to change Wisconsin's 2020 electoral votes…
  • And in the second half, the Big Ten is expanding, invasive birds cause issues for native species, and debates heat up over how dense the universe really is.

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    August 1, 2022 47 min

    Here's your local news for Monday, August 1:


  • Our producer travels to a "Pints and Politics" GOP event with frontrunners Rebecca Kleefisch and Tim Michels,

  • A decision on Madison's first Independent Police Monitor could be coming down the pipeline this month — after two years of searching,

  • Our Faith Communities heads to a local Catholic church to sit in on a sermon,

  • The Past Isn’t Past takes a trip to Disneyland to lo...
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    July 28, 2022 53 min

    Here's your local news for Thursday, July 28:


  • A coalition steps up its push to demand that the Dane County DA investigate a Republican false elector scheme,

  • Voted for a candidate who's since dropped out? Here's how to spoil your ballot,

  • COVID-19 protections for thousands of migrant farmworkers expire today as the peak of the agricultural season begins,

  • We continue our series of interviews with Republican candidates for ...
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    This is your WORT local news for Wednesday, July 27.

  • Wisconsin residents with disabilities file a lawsuit against the state Elections Commission over absentee ballots,
  • State election officials are looking to educate voters ahead of the fall general election,
  • A new series from Wisconsin Watch highlights food insecurity in Wisconsin,
  • And in the second half, goats graze in Madison parks, twin tragedies in 19-60s Madison, and the most comp...
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    This is your WORT local news for Tuesday, July 26.

  • Madison's health department is helping to fund violence prevention programs…
  • Madison residents put on their helmets and butt heads over bike speeds…
  • And in the second half, we kick off our fall 20-22 election coverage, explain why a little bird is so controversial, and tune in to galactic radio relics.

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    This is your WORT local news for Thursday, July 21.

  • More on yesterday’s big lawsuit against PFAS manufacturers, 
  • A new proposal could give you more time to learn about city business, 
  • We take a trip to the Dane County Fair, 
  • And we talk open records, meet Madison’s first Youth Poet Laureate, and explore the power of kitsch in the second half of the show.

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    This is your WORT local news for Wednesday, July 20.

  • State lawmakers strike down an emergency rule authorizing election officials to fix errors on absentee ballots,
  • Madison leaders approve a new low-incoming housing project , 
  • A new Marquette Law Poll shows support for the US Supreme Court is dwindling, 
  • And in the second half, a trip to the putting green, a ride-along in the city’s CARES van, and tense debate of riot gear in 1960s Mad...
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    This is your WORT local news for Tuesday, July 19,

  • Madison's alternative first-responder program expands… 
  • A judge bans all recordings of a high profile Madison murder trial…
  • And in the second half, a Sauk City musician emerges triumphant from the pandemic, eagles get caught in fishing line, and the James Webb telescope continues capturing amazing images.

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    This is your WORT local news for Monday, July 18.

  • Democratic candidates for U-S Senate vie ahead of next month’s primary, 
  • Dane County looks to extend an unhoused hotel program, 
  • Pink Out Week aims to raise funds for reproductive health resources through food,
  • And in the second half, this week in city and county meetings, environmentally sustainable forestry, and two new movie reviews.

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    Here's what's on your local evening news for Thursday, July 14, 2022:


  • Community Pharmacy is distributing free fentanyl testing kits to fight drug overdoses in Dane County,

  • Public Health Madison Dane County is expanding reproductive health resources, and will begin offering IUDs,

  • The underreported Supreme Court decision in Oklahoma v. Castro-Huerta could undermine tribal sovereignty for the Menominee Nation,

  • Isthmus editor-in...
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    This is your WORT local news for Wednesday, July 13.

  • Top state Democrats rally around abortion access ahead of the state primary election,
  • Two Democratic Senate candidates voice their concern about being left out of a debate,
  • A reproductive health clinic in Rockford gets ready to take on Wisconsin residents,
  • And in the second half, a ride on a weed-eating machine, The Beach Boys and hot rods in 1964 Madison, and the most comprehensive ...
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    This is your WORT local news for Tuesday, July 12.

  • State and local officials react to the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling banning absentee ballot boxes…
  • Patients struggle to find medications they need because it could be used to perform an abortion…
  • Healthcare workers and nonprofit employees have a chance at student loan forgiveness… 
  • And in the second half, Much Ado About Nothing comes to Madison, the Humane Society's Animal Rehab ...
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    This is your WORT local news for Monday, July 11.

  • The state Supreme Court issues several big rulings, 
  • New flex lanes are coming to the beltline to help alleviate congestion during rush hour,
  • And in the second half, we get the week in city and county meetings, plus working from home, and two new movie reviews.

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    This is your WORT local news for Thursday, July 7.

  • The state Supreme Court makes an important ruling on the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line,
  • A new report links school spending in Wisconsin to the state’s tax burden,
  • The Rape Crisis Center opens a new service in the wake of the overturning of Roe,
  • And in the second half, a state supreme court decision on open records, a conversation with a local Buddhist leader, and a trip to the thrift sto...
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