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Wisconsin News

Green Bay beef plant to close

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A beef production plant in Green Bay has become the latest to shut down due to coronavirus infections among employees. JBS USA announced Sunday that the JBS Packerland plant would be closed temporarily. The Green Bay Press Gazette reported that at least 189 COVID-19 ...

Positive COVID-19 cases nearly 6K in Wisconsin; 272 deaths

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The number of people testing positive for the coronavirus in Wisconsin is nearing 6,000. Wisconsin health officials reported Sunday the number of people in the state testing positive for COVID-19 has grown to 5,911, up 224 from the day before. The number of deaths ...

Wisconsin chamber of commerce calls for opening businesses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s chamber of commerce on Friday called for opening all businesses starting May 4, three weeks sooner than is called for under Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Wisconsin Manufacturers and ...

Businesses call for reopening Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s chamber of commerce on Friday urged the governor to allow businesses to reopen starting May 4, three weeks sooner than is called for under his stay-at-home order, while protesters converged on the Capitol in defiance of public health orders designed to curb ...

Virus cases spike at Green Bay meat packer; protest still on

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials tied nearly 150 coronavirus cases to a Green Bay meatpacking plant on Wednesday, while the number of people who may have contracted the virus after going to the polls on April 7 also grew. Meanwhile, organizers of a rally against Wisconsin’s extended ...

Wisconsin GOP sues governor over stay-at-home order

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who control the Wisconsin Legislature asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to block an extension of the Democratic governor’s stay-at-home order, the most partisan divide yet in the fight against the coronavirus. The lawsuit came even as Vice President ...

Evers releases criteria for reopening in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Monday spelling out the criteria that must be met before schools and businesses can reopen in the state amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plan envisions a phased reopening, triggered by a 14-day decline in positive COVID-19 cases, along ...

Seven virus cases linked to Wisconsin vote

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Officials have identified seven people who appear to have contracted the coronavirus through activities related to the April 7 election in Wisconsin. Shawn Benjamin, a spokesman for the Milwaukee health department, said in an email to The Associated Press that his agency ...

Against pushback, Evers stands by his decision

MADISON, Wis. (AP) —î Wisconsin’s tenuous bipartisan detente in fighting the coronavirus pandemic broke down this week with Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to extend a stay-at-home order through Memorial Day, a divide likely to result in lawsuits that may determine who has the ...

Former Journal Sentinel columnist Eugene Kane mourned

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eugene Kane, an award-winning columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel who wrote about racial injustices and inequities, has died at age 63. Kane was pronounced dead Thursday, according to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. No cause of death was immediately ...

Congressional election May 12 in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election clerks in northern Wisconsin said Friday that they’re ready for next month’s special congressional election after they managed to make it through the April 7 election despite the difficulties posed by the coronavirus pandemic. Lessons learned from the ...

Seven states in Midwest to partner on how to start back up

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Seven Midwestern governors announced Thursday that they will coordinate on reopening their state economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast. The latest agreement includes Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, ...

Wisconsin stay-at-home order extended to May 26

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday closed all K-12 schools for the remainder of the academic year and extended Wisconsin’s stay-at-home order for another month, keeping most nonessential businesses shuttered until after the Memorial Day holiday weekend to slow the spread of ...

Lawyer signals delay unlikely in Wisconsin US House vote

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers' legal counsel signaled Thursday that the May 12 special election in northern Wisconsin's 7th Congressional District will likely go on as scheduled, a week after he said the governor was eyeing delaying it due to the coronavirus outbreak. Evers had ...

Protesters push back on states’ stay-at-home orders

While many Americans are filled with fear, Melissa Ackison says the coronavirus pandemic has filled her with anger. The stay-at-home orders are government overreach, the conservative Ohio state Senate candidate says, and the labeling of some workers as “essential” arbitrary. “It enrages ...

Evers tells Trump Wisconsin could lose $2B due to virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin faces $2 billion in revenue losses due to skyrocketing unemployment and other hits to the economy caused by the coronavirus, Gov. Tony Evers told President Donald Trump in a letter sent this week along with the governors of Michigan and Pennsylvania. The ...

Wisconsin, Alabama awarded F-35 fighter jets

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Air National Guard units based in Wisconsin and Alabama have been awarded squadrons of F-35 fighter jets, the U.S. Air Force announced Wednesday, overcoming vocal opposition from people who live near the base in Wisconsin’s capital city. The jets will be placed with ...

Evers signs pandemic relief package despite misgivings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers signed a sweeping coronavirus relief package Wednesday, setting aside reservations that it doesn't go far enough to help at-risk workers, small businesses and farmers in order to deliver at least some help for state residents. The governor had until ...

Wisconsin Assembly OKs virus bill in virtual session

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Assembly overwhelmingly approved a sweeping coronavirus relief bill Tuesday during a virtual session, the first time state lawmakers have gathered since the pandemic began in the United States. The session took place in the Assembly chamber as usual, but ...

Karofsky tops incumbent Kelly in chaotic Wisconsin court race

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A liberal challenger on Monday ousted a conservative Wisconsin Supreme Court justice endorsed by President Donald Trump, overcoming a successful push by Republicans to forge ahead with last week’s election even as numerous other states postponed theirs due to the ...