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Almost 25% of population in Wisconsin fully vaccinated

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin health officials reported nearly a quarter of the state's population has completed COVID-19 vaccination on Sunday. Over 1.4 million people — making up 24.3% of the state's population — have been completely vaccinated by either receiving the single-dose Johnson ...

Wisconsin high court: Don’t purge voters from rolls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that the state elections commission should not remove from the rolls voters flagged as possibly having moved, something Democrats fought and conservatives have wanted done for nearly two years. The court’s 5-2 ruling means ...

Appeals court sides with Evers on briefings access

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Friday that Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers can exclude members of a conservative think tank from attending press briefings and keep them off his email list sent to other reporters, upholding a ruling from a lower court. The MacIver ...

Turnout barely tops 20% for Wisconsin spring election

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Turnout for Wisconsin’s spring election, which had only one statewide race on the ballot with a handful of locally hot contests, barely topped 20%, based on unofficial results. That’s on par with other elections where the state superintendent of schools is on the ...

Wisconsin GOP plans for spending federal stimulus may not be allowed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The majority of Wisconsin Republicans' plans for spending $3.2 billion in federal stimulus money either may not be allowed under the law or might have to be repaid, according to nonpartisan analyses of the bills that are moving quickly through the ...

Wisconsin court ruling means food aid cuts will begin in May

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One day will likely cost some Wisconsin residents one month’s worth of food aid. Last week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling striking down Gov. Tony Evers’ COVID-19 emergency order means that next month the state will begin losing more than $50 million per month in ...

Democratic-backed Underly elected Wisconsin schools chief

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Jill Underly rode support from the state teachers' union and an overwhelming financial advantage, fueled by the Democratic Party, to win election Tuesday as Wisconsin superintendent of schools, defeating Republican-backed Deb Kerr. Underly cruised to a double-digit win, ...

Concrete slab falls off UW System headquarters building

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System officials lobbying legislators for more than $1 billion for construction and renovations got a talking point Sunday after a concrete slab somehow fell off the system’s headquarters building and plunged three stories to the sidewalk ...

Wisconsin expands vaccine eligibility to age 16 and older

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Everyone age 16 and up became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Wisconsin on Monday, the same day that an outbreak of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus was reported at a Dane County child care center and positive cases statewide continued to increase. Also ...

Evers declares emergency for fire conditions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday declared a state of emergency in response to dangerous wildfire conditions throughout the state. The executive order will ensure support from the Wisconsin National Guard and use of the Guard’s Blackhawk helicopters. It directs all ...

Wisconsin cities: Trump should pay legal bills for challenge

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The cities of Green Bay, Kenosha and Racine are asking a federal judge to make former President Donald Trump pay more than $42,000 in legal fees in a case he brought challenging Wisconsin's presidential election results. The request for legal fees comes just days after ...

One man dead after triple shooting in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A shooting in Milwaukee late Friday left a 26-year-old man dead and two others hospitalized, police said. The Milwaukee Police Department said the shooting happened on the city’s south side. The 26-year-old man died at the scene, while two other 29-year-old men were taken ...

Wisconsin agency suspends burn permits amid dry conditions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources suspended burning permits Friday in dozens of counties and mobilized firefighters as the state heads into an unseasonably warm and dry weekend. The department suspended permits in 43 counties where it regulates burning, ...

Crews recover second body in Lake Winnebago

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Crews have ended their search on Lake Winnebago after recovering the second of two victims thrown into the water when their canoe capsized in rough conditions. Michael Gohde’s body was recovered Thursday afternoon about 150 yards from where the body of his friend, ...

Storm spotter training webinars in April

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The National Weather Service–Green Bay is again conducting Storm Spotter/SKYWARN trainings via webinars during the month of April. Storm Spotters are volunteers who help their community and NOAA’s National Weather Service by keeping an “eye on the sky” during severe ...

Body of one canoer found

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — The body of one of the two canoers presumed drowned in Lake Winnebago has been recovered, according to Fond du Lac County sheriff’s officials. Sonar devices used by the sheriff and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources search teams produced an image late ...

Lake Winnebago search continues

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Crews continued recovery efforts Wednesday on Lake Winnebago where two Fond du Lac men were thrown from a canoe and were presumed to have drowned. Dakota Goldapske and Michael Gohde, both 21, ventured out on the lake Monday night after dark and in choppy conditions. ...

Wisconsin to make vaccine available to age 16 and older starting Monday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials have decided to make COVID-19 vaccinations available for the general public starting next week, accelerating the timetable by a month, Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday. The move comes as Evers’ administration braces for another surge in ...

Lake Winnebago canoers missing

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — A rescue search for two people missing after they were thrown from a canoe in the choppy waters of Lake Winnebago is now a recovery effort, the Fond du Lac County sheriff said Tuesday. Dispatchers received a 911 call from one of the two individuals about 8:30 p.m. ...

Underly outspends Kerr in school race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin schools superintendent candidate Jill Underly holds a huge money advantage over opponent Deborah Kerr with the election days away, new campaign finance reports show. Underly, who currently serves as the superintendent for Pecatonica schools, and Kerr, a ...