News – November 26, 2021

(Waukesha) The Waukesha Christmas parade tragedy is sparking one Wisconsin lawmaker to try to amend the state constitution. The Wisconsin Constitution mandates that every suspect in the state is eligible for bail; and it prevents judges from considering how dangerous or violent a defendant is when setting bail. State Representative Cindi Duchow says her proposed amendment would remove such restrictions. – WRN

(Waukesha) J.J. Watt is covering funeral expenses for those killed at the Waukesha Christmas parade. The Arizona Cardinals and former Wisconsin Badgers defensive lineman grew up in nearby Pewaukee. Watt is no stranger to philanthropy. He raised 37-million dollars for hurricane relief after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston in 2017. That’s when Watt played for the Houston Texans. – WRN

(Beaver Dam) Elected officials in Beaver Dam no longer have to be in council chambers to cast a vote. The city council approved an ordinance change at their most recent meeting to allow remote attendance for a quorum. The wording allows for a member of the governmental body, or any other person, to appear by telephone, video conference, or other remote method of participation. City Attorney Maryann Schact says the update to city code was sparked by the pandemic and undertaken after a great deal of discussion with city attorneys.

(Dodge County) Dodge County health officials reported two additional COVID deaths on Wednesday. That brings the total death count to 238 with 209 confirmed with 29 probable deaths. There were 78 new cases recorded Wednesday with active community cases at 943. Nine hospitalizations were reported bringing that number to 1,103 since the pandemic began. So far, 48.2-percent of county residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine while 46.1-percent have completed the vaccination series.

(Wisconsin) Nearly a-million people in Wisconsin have gotten their coronavirus booster shot. Wisconsin health officials say more than 915-thousand people had the extra dose as of Tuesday. Overall, three-point-four million people in Wisconsin, that’s about 58- percent, have gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. – WRN

(Dodge County) Jobless claims in the region have gone down from September to October. The state Department of Workforce Development says the unemployment rate in Dodge County last month was 1.8-percent, down from the 2.1-percent logged in September. It is also a sharp decrease from the 3.2-percent the county saw last October, during the height of the COVID pandemic. The county was ranked 6th in Wisconsin for unemployment rates, up three spots from where they were in September. Statewide jobless numbers have also decreased from 3.4-percent in September to 3.2-percent in October.