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Enbridge seeks permits to build Great Lakes oil tunnel

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Enbridge Inc. applied Wednesday for state and federal authorization to construct an oil pipeline tunnel beneath the Michigan waterway that connects two of the Great Lakes. The Canadian company wants to build a roughly 4-mile-long (6.4-kilometer-long) tunnel ...

Wisconsin GOP’s coronavirus bill sets up political fight

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Legislature’s finance committee would have carte-blanche power to reduce state spending as part of a sweeping bill Wisconsin Republicans have proposed to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers signaled in an ...

Wisconsin voters forced to choose health or democracy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — If Wisconsin was a test case for voting in the age of the coronavirus, it did not go well for many voters. Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines Tuesday with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and ...

Voters go to polls in Wisconsin despite coronavirus concerns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters lined up to cast ballots across Wisconsin on Tuesday, ignoring a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in the state’s presidential primary election. The lines were particularly long in Milwaukee, the state’s largest city and a ...

Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Despite federal health recommendations, thousands of Wisconsin voters waited hours in long lines outside overcrowded polling stations on Tuesday so they could participate in a presidential primary election that tested the limits of electoral politics in the midst of a ...

High courts: Wisconsin election must be Tuesday despite virus concerns

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is asking hundreds of thousands of voters to ignore a stay-at-home order in the midst of a pandemic to participate in Tuesday's presidential primary election, becoming a test case for dozens of states struggling to balance public health concerns with a core ...

Wisconsin election still on, but Supreme Court may intervene

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin moved forward Monday with plans to hold in-person voting for its presidential primary amid the coronavirus pandemic with help from National Guard members staffing the polls, even as the U.S. Supreme Court weighs whether to intervene. Democratic Gov. Tony ...

Wisconsin GOP appeals to Supreme Court on extended voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Saturday to block extended absentee voting in Tuesday's primary, despite public health fears about in-person voting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans are asking the high court to undo a federal judge's ...

Wisconsin official sees ‘glimmer of hope’

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s chief medical officer for communicable diseases said Friday that data on coronavirus infections continues to show that the state is “flattening the curve.” Dr. Ryan Westergaard first said on Monday that there were positive signs with the slowing ...

Judge says no Wisconsin election returns until April 13

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered that Wisconsin officials withhold reporting any results from Tuesday's election until extended absentee balloting is complete April 13. U.S. District Judge William Conley granted a request from the Wisconsin Elections Commission ...

Vote Tuesday includes presidential primary, SC justice

Wisconsin’s election Tuesday features the state’s presidential primary, a state Supreme Court race and a referendum on a state constitutional amendment that would establish additional rights for crime victims. The election is taking place despite the fact that Gov. Tony Evers has issued a ...

Judge won’t delay Wisconsin election but extends voting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday declined to postpone Wisconsin's presidential primary over the health threat from the new coronavirus, but he ordered that people be given an extra six days beyond Tuesday's election for absentee voting. U.S. District Judge William Conley had ...

Democrats delay nominating convention until week of Aug. 17

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn't think it would be possible to hold it in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic. Convention CEO Joe Solmonese confirmed the ...

Evers releases new virus proposals for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers released a second package of spending proposals to address the coronavirus pandemic on Wednesday as a new poll showed broad support for the actions he’s taken already to slow the spread of the disease. With the latest proposals, Evers is now asking the ...

Broadband dearth hinders rural Wisconsin amid virus outbreak

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Newcomer household near Monroe is fairly typical for rural Wisconsin. It is surrounded by cornfields. The nearest neighbor is a quarter mile down the road. And the internet is terrible. Now the coronavirus shutdown has put serious stress on the family. The teenagers ...

Judge signals he won’t postpone Wisconsin election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge signaled Wednesday that he won’t postpone or make any major changes to Wisconsin’s presidential primary to alleviate concerns that voters and poll workers could contract the coronavirus. U.S. District Judge William Conley told attorneys for the ...

Wisconsin governor deploys National Guard to help at polls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's governor said Wednesday he will use National Guard soldiers to staff undermanned polling sites in next week's presidential primary. Local election clerks across the state say poll workers are quitting in droves out of fears of contracting the coronavirus ...

Republicans support waiving unemployment waiting period

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican legislative leaders said for the first time Wednesday that they support temporarily waiving a one-week waiting period for people to receive unemployment benefits as part of a state aid package in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Assembly ...

Evers requests federal disaster declaration for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers asked President Donald Trump on Tuesday to issue a major disaster declaration for Wisconsin due to the coronavirus pandemic, as the state opened voluntary isolation centers, unemployment claims hit a daily high and the state’s health secretary warned ...

Wisconsin to open field hospitals as virus cases climb

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin is preparing to open field hospitals and voluntary isolation centers in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients, with cases expected to peak in another week or more, Gov. Tony Evers and state health leaders said Monday. “We are headed into the worst of ...