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Wisconsin in crisis, health official says

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers urged people throughout Wisconsin on Tuesday to “get on the same team” by taking steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, with cases statewide at their highest numbers since the pandemic started. “We are in crisis right now,” said Dr. Ryan ...

Court allows 6 extra days to count Wisconsin ballots

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, handing Democrats a victory in their fight to deliver the key battleground state for Joe Biden in ...

Trump coming to Green Bay

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning a pair of campaign rallies on Saturday in La Crosse and Green Bay, less than five weeks before the Nov. 3 election. The stops announced Monday by Trump’s campaign come just over two weeks after he held a rally in central Wisconsin ...

Court halts Wisconsin ballot extension

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Sunday temporarily halted a six-day extension for counting absentee ballots in Wisconsin’s presidential election, a momentary victory for Republicans and President Donald Trump in the key presidential battleground state. As it stands, ...

Colleges struggle to stay open amid outbreaks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Colleges across the country are struggling to salvage the fall semester amid skyrocketing coronavirus cases, entire dorm complexes and frat houses under quarantine, and flaring tensions with local community leaders over the spread of the disease. Many major universities ...

Wisconsin hits record for new coronavirus cases reported

MADISON, Wisc. (AP) — Wisconsin on Saturday hit a record for coronavirus cases reported in a single day as health officials reported 2,817 people have tested positive for the virus. The state has seen some of the nation's fastest coronavirus spread over the last two weeks. The rolling ...

Teen charged in Kenosha shootings fights extradition

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The 17-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Wisconsin is fighting his extradition from Illinois, but his attorneys didn’t outline their strategy during a brief hearing on Friday and legal experts say there isn’t much the teen can do to stop ...

US prosecutors tout drug busts tied to Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities have broken up a drug-trafficking operation that was moving marijuana, heroin and cocaine from California to Wisconsin, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said during a news conference that federal, state and local law enforcement ...

Suspect in Marinette County killings to get new exam

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A judge ordered another competency exam Monday for an 83-year-old man charged with killing a couple in a northeastern Wisconsin park in 1976. An attorney for Raymand Vannieuwenhoven asked for a second opinion on the most recent psychiatric exam, which showed the ...

Federal judge extends deadline for Wisconsin ballots

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge ruled Monday that absentee ballots in battleground Wisconsin can be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election as long as they are postmarked by Election Day. The highly anticipated ruling, unless overturned, means that the outcome of ...

Wisconsin DNR submits budget request

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials are asking Gov. Tony Evers to renew the agency’s contentious land stewardship program for another decade and substantially increase its borrowing authority. The DNR uses stewardship funding to purchase land for the ...

Former Wisconsin police chief to review Blake shooting

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attorney general announced Monday that he has selected a former Madison police chief to serve as an independent consultant for prosecutors weighing whether to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black ...

Biden makes second trip to Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden plans to campaign today in northeast Wisconsin for his second visit to the battleground state in two weeks. Biden's campaign announced Sunday that the Democratic presidential nominee would be campaigning in Manitowoc, a city of about ...

Teacher dies of COVID-19

SUAMICO, Wis. (AP) — A high school teacher in northeastern Wisconsin has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. Officials with the Howard-Suamico School District sent a letter to its students’ families notifying them that Heidi Hussli had died on Thursday. The letter said the Bay ...

US judge blocks USPS changes that slowed mail

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he ...

Wisconsin clerks rush ballots to mail after delay

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election clerks across the presidential battleground state of Wisconsin rushed to mail absentee ballots Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the state Supreme Court lifted a temporary freeze on sending them while it considered a legal challenge. “Oh, we’re busy,” ...

GOP Wisconsin elections official advised Green Party

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission advised a Green Party representative about who to hire as an attorney after its presidential nominee was denied ballot access in the key battleground state, records obtained by The Associated Press show. The ...

Crew finds long-sought Lake Michigan shipwreck

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the crew muscled yet another railroad car off the stern of the ship and into the murky depths of Lake Michigan, Capt. Peter Kilty of the Pere Marquette 18 may have breathed a sigh of relief. It had been a tumultuous few hours out in the middle of the lake early ...

Man shot during Kenosha protest tells his story

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man who was shot during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha last month says he still remembers the screams that night and he’s in constant pain. Prosecutors say 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, shot and killed two men during a ...

Wisconsin Guard supplies choppers, soldiers to California

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin National Guard sent a pair of Black Hawk helicopters and about 15 soldiers to California on Friday to help fight wildfires ravaging that state. Guard official said state officials in California requested the assistance under an Emergency Management ...