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Wisconsin News

Arrest made in Vilas fishing incident

ODANAH, Wis. (AP) — Authorities in Vilas County have arrested a person suspected of opening fire on Ojibwe spear-fishers. The Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission said in a statement that the incident took place Saturday night on Little Saint Germain Lake. The spear-fishers ...

Bad budget news for Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New budget figures for Wisconsin released Wednesday show an $870 million drop off in tax collections last month, the latest stark sign of how much the coronavirus pandemic is hurting the state's economy. The bleak but expected budget figures came as pressure continued ...

Marinette Marine has two more reports of COVID-19

Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Marinette, Wis., reported two more COVID-19 cases Tuesday, bringing the total outbreak at that site to six. The shipbuilding facility last week revealed it has quarantined a dozen employees who may have been exposed to the coronavirus after four workers tested ...

Justices question Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative justices who control the Wisconsin Supreme Court raised doubts Tuesday about whether Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order is legal, asserting that the Legislature never intended to give the executive branch so much power. Justice Rebecca Bradley ...

Evers, GOP discuss regional reopening of Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders talked with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers on Monday about opening some parts of Wisconsin less affected by the coronavirus pandemic sooner than others. Evers met with Republican and Democratic legislative leaders for the first time to talk ...

Man asks for new judge, venue in Wisconsin brothers’ deaths

KINGSTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man is seeking a new judge and a change of venue for his trial on charges that he killed two brothers from Wisconsin. An attorney for Garland Joseph Nelson, of Braymer, filed the motions Monday during a hearing that was held via Zoom. His defense attorney ...

All Wisconsin nursing home residents to get COVID-19 test

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Every resident and worker in all 373 Wisconsin nursing homes will receive a free coronavirus test as part of a plan to expand testing to everyone who needs one, Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday. Evers announced the expanded testing ahead of his first meeting with ...

Evers, legislative leaders to meet on coronavirus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers was scheduled to meet late this afternoon with both Republican and Democratic legislative leaders to discuss next steps in Wisconsin’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The meeting comes the day before the Wisconsin Supreme Court was scheduled to ...

Wisconsin court to hear arguments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) —î The Wisconsin Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear oral arguments early next week in a lawsuit seeking to block Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order. The justices ruled 6-1 to accept the case and scheduled oral arguments for Tuesday morning via ...

Marinette Marine wins major contract to build Navy frigates

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Wisconsin shipbuilder won a contract for up to 10 frigates on Tuesday, beating out three other shipbuilders, as the Navy seeks to build smaller, lethal warships during a time of growing threats. The $795 million contract calls for Fincantieri Marinette Marine to ...

Wisconsin businesses urge legislators to OK reopening plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s powerful chamber of commerce urged legislators Thursday to adopt its business reopening plan, telling an Assembly committee that Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order is crushing the economy and that the state has the coronavirus under control. Wisconsin ...

Wisconsin fish opener Saturday

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources encourages anglers to fish close to home and practice social distancing as the state’s game fish season opens Saturday. It is recommended that only anglers living in the same household should fish within six feet of one another ...

Possible virus outbreak reported at Marinette Marine

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — Fincantieri Marinette Marine has quarantined a dozen employees who may have been exposed to the coronavirus after four workers tested positive over the past two weeks. The Marinette-based company announced April 23 that its first worker had tested positive. That ...

Reward offered after dogs poisoned in NE Wisconsin

Someone is leaving poison out along the roadside on public lands in northern Wisconsin, authorities say, killing pet dogs and wildlife. Four dogs have died in the past month in Forest County near the Michigan border. Testing on two of the pets, a 4-year-old yellow Labrador retriever that died ...

Marinette Extension has online resource guide

MARINETTE, Wis. — With the physical distancing and stay-at-home orders in place, many people are in search of resources and supports. Available to all community members, Extension of Marinette County has created a comprehensive resource page where you can access information regarding ...

Evers: Administration has authority to issue stay-at-home

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorney General Josh Kaul urged the conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday to reject a Republican lawsuit seeking to lift Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order, arguing the governor’s administration has broad authority to protect Wisconsin residents ...

Republicans praise Evers’ 5% state spending cut and call for more

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has ordered state agencies to reduce spending by 5% between now and July to save roughly $70 million, drawing praise Wednesday from Republicans who called for even more cuts in the face of steep revenue drops due to the coronavirus pandemic. Although the ...

Health officials: 52 who worked elections or voted have COVID-19

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — There are no plans to postpone or otherwise alter a special congressional election in Wisconsin that is less than two weeks away, even though more than 50 people who voted in person or worked the polls during the state's presidential primary this month have tested ...

Evers loosens restrictions to let more businesses reopen

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dog groomers, upholsterers, lawnmower repair shops and other nonessential businesses that able to offer contactless services can reopen this week, the latest loosening of Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Tony Evers ...

Constitutional or not? Protesters, professors debate rights amid virus

While protesters across the country defy stay-at-home orders to defend their freedoms at anti-quarantine rallies, constitutional law professors say the cases they are trying to bring against governors probably wouldn’t hold up in court. Protesters in the state capitals of Maine and ...