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Groups ask court to restore protections for gray wolves

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates Thursday asked a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits in U.S. District Court in Northern ...

Wisconsin vaccine pace questioned

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Assembly Republicans grilled health officials with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration Thursday about the slow pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in Wisconsin, saying the process is a cumbersome mess. The Assembly's health committee held a hearing to learn more about ...

Wisconsin justices skeptical of GOP redistricting proposal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican-backed push to fast-track redistricting lawsuits in the Wisconsin Supreme Court met with skepticism during a Thursday hearing, with the court's conservative chief justice questioning why the proposal was necessary and how the thinly staffed court could be ...

Evers targets broadband, unemployment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers, in his State of the State speech Tuesday delivered virtually for the first time in state history, called on the Legislature to update Wisconsin’s antiquated unemployment payment system and spend nearly $200 million to expand broadband access, two ...

Deal reached on protecting lakes from invasive carp

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Michigan, Illinois and a federal agency have agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a Chicago-area waterway, officials said Thursday. The two states and the U.S. Army Corps of ...

Assembly in Wisconsin passes virus bill Senate GOP opposes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday passed a doomed COVID-19 response bill that Senate Republicans and Democratic Gov. Tony Evers oppose, and there’s no sign of an agreement on a plan to combat the virus that has killed more than 5,000 people in the ...

Wisconsin Republicans decry rioters

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Members of Wisconsin's congressional delegation decried supporters of President Donald Trump who stormed the halls of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday during the hearing to certify the Electoral College votes, with one Republican referring to them as "a bunch of social ...

No charges against officer in Kenosha

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prosecutor declined Tuesday to file charges against a white police officer who shot a Black man in the back in Kenosha, concluding he couldn't disprove the officer's contention that he acted in self-defense because he feared the man would stab him. The ...

Prosecutor: Wisconsin pharmacist considered vaccine unsafe

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin pharmacist convinced the world was “crashing down” told police he tried to ruin hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine because he believed the shots would mutate people’s DNA, according to court documents released Monday. Police in Grafton, about ...

Pandemic grounds annual bald eagle count in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Bald eagles might still be soaring high in Wisconsin, but environmental regulators were grounded after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented an annual aerial survey of bald eagle nests for the first time in almost 50 years. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has ...

Virus, elections, budget top Wisconsin legislative agenda

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Pandemic response measures and changing election procedures will take center stage when the Wisconsin Legislature opens its 2021-22 session on Monday, eclipsing even state budget deliberations that typically consume the first six months of every session. The ...

Wisconsin police monitor recreational marijuana in Illinois

By MITCHELL SCHMIDT Wisconsin State Journal MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Despite dispensaries quickly popping up along Illinois’ northern border after that state legalized recreational marijuana almost a year ago, local law enforcement officials say they have not yet seen any major impacts here ...

Hospital worker arrested for spoiling vaccine

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities arrested a suburban Milwaukee pharmacist Thursday suspected of deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine by removing them from refrigeration for two nights. The arrest marks another setback in what has been a slower, messier start to ...

Wisconsin siblings killed in wrong-way crash in Florida

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two Wisconsin siblings who were killed Tuesday night when a suspected carjacker fleeing from police drove the wrong way on Interstate 95 in central Florida and collided head-on with their vehicle. The Omro School District in ...

Wisconsin hospital worker arrested for spoiled vaccine doses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities arrested a suburban Milwaukee pharmacist Thursday suspected of deliberately ruining hundreds of doses of coronavirus vaccine by removing them from refrigeration for two nights. The arrest marks another setback in what has been a slower, messier start to ...

Hospital: Worker spoiled vaccine

GRAFTON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin health system said Wednesday that 500 doses of coronavirus vaccine that had to be discarded after they were left unrefrigerated now appear to have been deliberately spoiled by an employee. Aurora Medical Center first reported on the spoiled doses on ...

Trump asks justices to take Wisconsin case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump’s campaign asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to take its failed lawsuit challenging election results in swing state Wisconsin. Trump lost the state to Democrat Joe Biden by about 21,000 votes. The president’s campaign filed a lawsuit ...

CVS, Walgreens begin Wisconsin nursing home COVID vaccinations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two pharmacy chains have launched a massive effort Monday to inject tens of thousands of Wisconsin nursing home residents and workers with a COVID-19 vaccine, offering a sliver of hope to a population devastated by the runaway disease. CVS Health and Walgreens teams ...

Three new virus deaths reported in Marinette County

Marinette County has had three new virus-related deaths, Wisconsin health officials reported Thursday. For Wisconsin counties in the region, the state’s COVID-19 data site for Thursday and Friday also listed 21 new confirmed cases in Marinette County, 17 in Vilas County, eight in Forest ...

PPE cost in Wisconsin at least $99M

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin spent at least $99 million on personal protective gear and medical equipment such as ventilators during the chaotic early months of the coronavirus pandemic, with almost all the money going to out-of-state suppliers, an Associated Press analysis shows. The AP ...