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Appeals court upholds Wisconsin voting restrictions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel upheld a host of Republican-authored voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, handing conservatives a significant win in a pair of lawsuits just months before residents in the battleground state cast their ballots for president. The ...

Johnson says all Wisconsin schools should open in fall

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson said Friday that all schools in Wisconsin should open for in-person instruction in the fall, even as the coronavirus pandemic shows signs of resurgence across the state. “It would be crazy to not completely reopen our school systems,” ...

Wisconsin COVID-19 cases rise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Wisconsin. There were 520 newly reported cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Friday, representing 5.6% of all tests, the state Department of Health Services reported. The death total was unchanged at 766. In ...

Man who triggered protest charged

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Friday charged a Black man whose arrest triggered a violent protest in Wisconsin’s capital city with extorting local businesses. Police arrested 28-year-old Devonere Johnson in Madison on Tuesday after he walked into Cooper’s Tavern near the ...

President to tour shipyard

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The last time President Donald Trump visited Wisconsin he staged a massive, raucous rally at an arena in downtown Milwaukee. When he returns Thursday to the battleground state, he'll be reminded how much has changed since January. The Republican president planned ...

Guard activated after violence

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's governor activated the National Guard on Wednesday to protect state properties after a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the state Capitol, one of which commemorated an abolitionist Civil War hero. Protesters also attacked a ...

Crowds tear down two statues in Madison

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Crowds outside the Wisconsin State Capitol tore down two statues, attacked a state senator, threw a Molotov cocktail into a government building and unsuccessfully tried to break into the Capitol building amid protests following the arrest of a Black man who shouted at ...

Wisconsin governor activates National Guard after violence

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's governor activated the National Guard on Wednesday to protect state properties after a night of violence that included the toppling of two statues outside the state Capitol, one of which commemorated an abolitionist Civil War hero. Protesters also attacked a ...

Pence to court evangelicals in conservative Milwaukee suburb

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence planned to launch a faith-centered tour in a conservative Milwaukee suburb on Tuesday, after touting Wisconsin’s school choice program for the second time this year. Pence’s events come two days before President Donald Trump was to ...

Smaller class sizes, flexibility urged for Wisconsin schools

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Reopening guidelines for Wisconsin schools released Monday make clear that big changes are in store if and when in-person classes resume. That includes teachers, staff and students wearing masks, classes with no more than 10 students at a time and schedules where ...

Whitmer, Enbridge swap letters on Line 5

LANSING — Enbridge officials have responded to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request over the weekend to shut down the Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer sent two letters to Enbridge CEO Al Monaco after the company Thursday reported damage to the east leg of the dual 4.5-mile ...

Trump to visit Marinette shipyard

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — President Donald Trump plans to tour the Fincantieri Marinette Marine shipyard on Thursday, marking his first visit to Wisconsin since January on a trip that comes two days after Vice President Mike Pence will be in the state. The White House announced Trump’s trip on ...

Annual ‘Click It or Ticket’ seat belt campaign begins Monday

MADISON, Wis. —Law enforcement agencies and transportation safety officials are delivering a simple, but potentially life-saving message to all motorists: buckle up - every seat - every trip. During the annual Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign that begins Monday and runs through ...

Tommy Thompson selected by regents as interim UW president

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System regents announced Friday that they selected former Gov. Tommy Thompson as the system's interim president, providing another twist in what has become a messy search to replace outgoing President Ray Cross. Regents President Andrew Petersen ...

Milwaukee schools will end funding for police patrols

MILWAUKEE (AP) — School board members in Wisconsin's largest school district have voted to cut ties with police officers who patrol outside its schools. The move by the Milwaukee School Board late Thursday comes in the wake of protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis who died ...

Group sues to restart Wisconsin DNR hunter education

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Kansas-based hunting advocacy group filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to force the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to restart in-person hunter education courses. Wisconsin law requires anyone born after Jan. 1, 1973, to complete a hunter education course to ...

Wisconsin panel approves absentee ballots applications

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission gave final approval to a mailing that will put absentee ballot application forms in the hands of 2.7 million registered voters ahead of the November presidential election. The commission, split evenly among Republicans and Democrats, ...

Wisconsin GOP lawmakers OK legal settlements

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee signed off on four more legal settlements under the state’s lame-duck laws in a whirlwind meeting Tuesday. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul presented deals to the Joint Finance Committee to ...

DNR board to vote on starting draft of PFAS restrictions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources board is set to vote next week on whether to allow the agency to begin drafting regulations implementing restrictions on firefighting foam containing PFAS chemicals. Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill in February that bans the use ...

Investigators probe fatal construction accident

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — Investigators are probing a fatal construction accident in Green Bay. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports a 52-year-old man was killed Friday morning on the city’s northeast side. Police would not identify the property where the incident occurred, saying only the ...