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Wisconsin News

Fourth day of protest in Madison shuts down state highway

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Protesters shut down a six-lane state highway that feeds into downtown Madison for a second day on Tuesday, as Gov. Tony Evers called for the Legislature to pass a law to reduce the use of police force and urged a united battle against racism. The latest actions came ...

Night of violence in Madison results in more arrests, damage

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Protesters spray painted graffiti on the Wisconsin state Capitol, dumped paint on the beloved "Forward" statue outside, broke into businesses downtown and defaced the Wisconsin Veterans Museum before police in riot gear used tear gas to disperse the crowd early Tuesday ...

Wisconsin Supreme Court to hear voter purge case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case seeking to purge about 129,000 voter registrations from the rolls ahead of the November presidential election after previously deadlocking on whether to get involved. Democrats oppose the voter purge, arguing ...

Madison protests lead to 15 arrests

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Fifteen people were arrested after a second night of violence erupted in Madison, with police firing tear gas as protesters again threw rocks and damaged store downtown stores following an earlier peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd. There were also Sunday ...

Wisconsin governor sends National Guard troops to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Saturday called on the state National Guard to help support law enforcement in Milwaukee following protests over the deaths of George Floyd and a local man turned violent overnight. Evers said in a press release that he authorized 125 Guard ...

Hodag Country Festival canceled in Rhinelander

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — Two days after a country music festival in northern Wisconsin got the green light to hold four days of concerts expected to attract thousands, organizers on Thursday canceled the event. The Hodag Country Festival in Rhinelander won approval from the Oneida County ...

Wisconsin to mail absentee applications

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted Wednesday to mail absentee ballot applications to most voters in the battleground state ahead of November’s presidential election. The vote came just a week after the panel split 3-3 along partisan lines on whether to mail the ...

Briggs launches run for Wisconsin state superintendent

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sheila Briggs, an assistant Wisconsin school superintendent who served under Tony Evers in the state education department before he was elected governor in 2018, announced Tuesday that she is running for the state's top education job next year. Briggs becomes the second ...

WI DNR to livestream meeting

MADISON, Wis. — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday will be livestreamed. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. This month the board will hear an elk herd update, consider approving the 2020 elk season quotas, and consider a ...

Evers unveils plan for spending to fight COVID-19

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday unveiled his plan for spending $1 billion in federal funds to combat COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The money will be used to fund ongoing virus testing efforts, conduct contact tracing, purchase supplies, provide resources and prepare for a surge. ...

Evers gives up on virus restrictions agreement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Monday that he’s given up trying to push through any more statewide restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus because he thinks rival Republicans emboldened by a state Supreme Court decision erasing his stay-at-home order would ...

Family of missing Wisconsin brothers settles lawsuit

KINGSTON, Mo. (AP) — The family of two Wisconsin brothers who were killed in Missouri last year has reached a $2 million settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the man charged with killing them and his mother. The family of Nicholas and Justin Diemel of Shawano County, ...

Fatal shooting Sunday in Suring

SURING, Wis. (AP) — State agents are investigating a fatal shooting by sheriff’s deputies in Oconto County. The Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation says the shooting happened about 7 p.m. Sunday in the Suring area. The Oconto County Sheriff’s Office ...

UW-Green Bay extends furloughs, plans to reopen campuses on July 1

Green Bay, Wis. — Campus leaders of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will extend furlough plans through December as the university continues to manage the financial impacts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. The plan requires faculty and staff to take unpaid leave and will result in ...

Evers warns of ‘massive confusion’ after ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned Thursday of “massive confusion” after the state Supreme Court tossed out the Democrat’s stay-at-home order and Republicans said they may leave it up to local governments to enact their own rules for combating the coronavirus ...

Evers calls resignation request for health leader ‘insane’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tony Evers chided a Republican lawmaker Thursday who called for the resignation of the state’s health secretary, saying it was an “insane statement.” Sen. Tom Tiffany, who was elected to Congress in a special election on Tuesday, said Palm should ...

Spring planting ahead of schedule in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin farmers are ahead of schedule on spring planting this season thanks to favorable weather. The latest data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows corn planting in the state is 59 percent complete. Wisconsin Public Radio News reports thatís a week ahead ...

Wisconsin governor warns of ‘massive confusion’ after ruling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers warned Thursday of "massive confusion" after the the state Supreme Court tossed out the Democrat's stay-at-home order and Republicans said they may leave it up to local governments to enact their own unique rules for combating the coronavirus ...

Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks Evers’ stay-home extension

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' administration overstepped its authority when it extended the governor's stay-at-home order through the end of May, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The 4-3 ruling marks a defeat for Evers as Republican legislators, in the midst of the ...

Tiffany wins Wisconsin congressional race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tom Tiffany, a state senator endorsed by President Donald Trump, easily won a special congressional election Tuesday in a heavily conservative, rural Wisconsin district, cheering Republicans even as Democrats argued the victory revealed vulnerabilities for the president ...