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During times of crisis, it is normal to want as much information as possible. This feeling is magnified by the fact that the coronavirus is unlike any crisis that we have seen in our lifetimes. Given recent discussions about the amount of information shared by the Rock County Public Health D…

There’s BV (before virus) and AV (after virus) time, and those BV days seem so long ago. Do you remember them? What do you miss most about the good ol’ days? That’s our poll topic for this week. Participate at GazetteXtra.com. The results are not scientific.

From this coronavirus public health crisis, though it has been with us barely three months, two lessons are clear: Accurate information quickly reported and disseminated widely has the potential to slow the rampage of COVID-19 infections and deaths—and misinformation will surely accelerate i…

Did you notice how quickly Washington’s $1 trillion coronavirus spending package swelled to $1.6 trillion, and then $2 trillion? As we write, Senate negotiators sounded close to a deal to deliver $1,200 checks to many Americans, increase unemployment benefits, lend to small businesses, bail …

The direct effects of the COVID-19 pandemic range from uncomfortable to devastating—mentally, physically, socially and financially. While preventing the spread of the coronavirus should be everyone’s top priority right now, policymakers must also take action to protect Americans from the pan…

The person credited with saving the most lives ever is Edward Jenner, inventor of the smallpox vaccine. The disease had a much higher mortality rate than the novel coronavirus that is confining many people to their homes right now; about 80% of children and 60% of adults who contracted small…

Walmart, the nation’s largest private employer, set a standard for the rest of the private sector Tuesday by announcing that, in addition to its existing paid sick leave policy, it would provide up to two weeks of paid leave for employees who fall ill or are quarantined because of a confirme…

McClatchy, a group of local newspapers including the Kansas City Star and Miami Herald, recently announced that it is filing for bankruptcy, a move that will end family control of one of the nation’s most prominent newspaper publishers.

The coronavirus outbreak gathering speed around the world is scary enough. Locally, the announcement Wednesday morning that California had its first COVID-19 death hammered this home. But even after (and assuming) the virus ultimately fades away, whether its overall impact is akin to the ave…

The Federal Reserve did what it could Tuesday to offset the growing economic impact of the coronavirus by announcing a supersize reduction in its benchmark interest rate—the first time the Fed has acted between its regularly scheduled meetings since the financial crisis in 2008.

When Joe Biden won big in South Carolina on Saturday, headlines also declared “near-record turnout” in the Palmetto State. “Turnout in South Carolina makes Biden’s win even more impressive,” was the Washington Post's take.