Morning Update: Friday, Sept. 24

Morning Update: Friday, Sept. 24

When to expect those fall colors

Good morning, Madison.

It's fall, which means it's time to share one of the best Onion articles ever produced:

Mr. Autumn Man Walking Down Street With Cup Of Coffee, Wearing Sweater Over Plaid Collared Shirt

Enjoy your weekend!

- Sam

🕺 There’s some confusion over Madison homecoming dances, the State Journal reports.

  • On Wednesday, the school district released new guidance that allows homecoming dances to be held as long as certain restrictions are in place.
  • But West and La Follette high schools had already called off their dances for reasons related to COVID-19, the State Journal reports.
  • It's not clear if the high schools will reverse their decisions, but the district says individual schools have the final say in what kinds of homecoming events they host.

🍂 Fall colors are a couple of weeks behind schedule across the state.

  • Warmer temperatures have led to the fall foliage delay.
  • The Madison area is currently at 15% fall colors, according to the state's tracker.
  • The fall colors in our area are expected to peak at the end of October.

🚤 Tommy Thompson knows what you think, but he still gave it "the old college try."

  • The 79-year-old UW system president needed minor surgery last week after a water skiing accident.
  • “I know you think I’m nuts,” he joked during a news conference.
  • “I want to be able to show my grandchildren that I could do it, number one,” he said. “Number two, it was getting toward the end of the summer and I decided that I was going to give it the old college try."

🔍 Let’s check in with the GOP-backed efforts to investigate the election. WPR did a great explainer on this. Some highlights:

  • There are three separate investigations going on in Wisconsin.
  • None have revealed any evidence that there were any substantial irregularities in the 2020 election.
  • There have also been "numerous" Republican-backed lawsuits since the election, but none have turned up any evidence of wrongdoing, WPR notes.
  • Several similar efforts have taken place across the country, based on baseless allegations that voter fraud swayed the 2020 election.
  • Related: Widely-Discredited Election Review In Arizona Confirms Biden's Win (NPR)

🗳️ Senator Ron Johnson's former communications director is running for lieutenant governor.

  • Ben Voelkel worked for the Republication Senator for several years, the AP reports.

🏫 One Madison teacher described to PBS Wisconsin their "feeling of impending doom" about teaching during the uptick in the delta variant.

  • The teacher, whose identity was kept anonymous, works in a local elementary school.
  • In spring, the teacher had no positive cases in their classroom. This semester, they had one on the second day of school.

💵 The state has released more information on grant opportunities.

📚 Lunchtime read: "Off the track: The future is unclear for Madison School District's Pathways program" (Cap Times)

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 53.2%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 70.7%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.

🐓 These birds know how to play music! From Henry Vilas Zoo:

Photo credit: (CC CC BY 2.0 licensed photo courtesy of Flickr user John Benson)