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Evers moves to close non-essential businesses in Wisconsin on Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers said Monday that he will order the closure of all nonessential businesses starting Tuesday and he urged people to stay at home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus that has killed five people in the state and infected more than 400. Also on Monday, ...

Virus leads Wisconsin state prisons to suspend admissions

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The last four Wisconsin citizens who were aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship that docked in the Port of Oakland, California, last week after a long ordeal due to the coronavirus have arrived in the state, Gov. Tony Evers announced Saturday. Evers said the residents ...

Judge sides with Democrats, re-opens online voting registration in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge ordered that Wisconsin reinstate online voter registration to make it possible for more people to cast absentee ballots ahead of the April 7 presidential primary and spring election, handing Democrats who sought even broader changes in light of the ...

Wisconsin reports third death, 155 cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin reported a third coronavirus death Friday, as a bipartisan trio of mayors objected to proceeding with the April 7 presidential primary and Milwaukee's mayor became the latest politician to self-quarantine. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said it is ...

Top Wisconsin official: Spring election faces many problems

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin could face a litany of problems if it holds its spring election amid the coronavirus crisis, including a possible disruption in mail service interfering with absentee voting, a lack of polling sites and the risk of exposing elderly poll workers and voters to the ...

Emergency steps eyed to help Wisconsin deal with virus

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New limitations were placed on Wisconsin child care facilities Wednesday as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state topped 100, and policymakers scrambled to find emergency help for displaced workers and struggling businesses. Gov. Tony Evers said that ...

Wisconsin prison worker has virus, absentee ballots soar

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic reached inside a Wisconsin prison for the first time, as the number of confirmed cases soared Thursday and demand for absentee ballots for the April 7 election and presidential primary hit record territory. As of Thursday, Wisconsin had 155 ...

Wisconsin bars, restaurants ordered closed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered a statewide ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, and closed all bars and restaurants except for delivery and pickup orders, more unprecedented disruptions to daily life imposed in an attempt to limit the ...

Emergency steps eyed to help Wisconsin deal with outbreak

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — New limitations were placed on Wisconsin child care facilities Wednesday as the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state topped 100, including a children's hospital doctor, and policymakers scrambled to find emergency help for displaced workers and struggling ...

Evers orders bars, restaurants to close, limits gatherings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers ordered a statewide ban on all gatherings of more than 10 people as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, and closed all bars and restaurants except for delivery and pickup orders, more unprecedented disruptions to daily life imposed in an attempt to limit the ...

Wisconsin governor orders ban on gatherings over 50 people

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday ordered a ban on all gatherings of more than 50 people, a dramatic move in line with federal recommendations and as other states took similar action to stop the spread of the new coronavirus. Evers tweeted that he was ordering the ...

Wisconsin-based resorts closing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge has closed its 19 resorts in 13 states because of the coronavirus. The hospitality company says there have been no cases of COVID-19 at any of the resorts, it’s simply following the guidance from federal and state officials over ...

Wisconsin officials push absentee voting for April 7

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials and political party leaders urged people Monday to vote in next month’s presidential primary via absentee ballot rather than lining up at the polls in hopes of slowing the spread of the new coronavirus. Fears of the virus have led to ...

Evers suspends spring sports seasons in Wisconsin

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- Gov. Tony Evers' executive order Friday closing all public and private schools also suspends all school spring sports activities extending from Wednesday until April 6. The executive order is to prevent, suppress and control the potential spread of the disease ...

Wisconsin COVID-19 cases rise to 27

MILWAUKEE (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Wisconsin jumped to 27 on Saturday, and Milwaukee County shut down its zoo to try to stem the spread of the pandemic. Wisconsin health officials on Saturday reported eight new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the ...

Evers declares Wisconsin health emergency

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Thursday declared a public health emergency, the state Capitol halted formal tours and the state high school athletics association called off its tournaments in hopes of slowing the coronavirus’ spread in Wisconsin. Evers’ declaration frees up ...

Evers orders public schools closed across Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Friday ordered all of Wisconsin's K-12 schools to close by next week in the hopes of slowing the spread of the coronavirus, a move that will affect nearly a million students and their families for at least the next several weeks. The order marks ...

Film explores impacts of legal marijuana

FLORENCE, Wis. — “Chronic State: How Marijuana Normalization Impacts Communities,” is a film produced by Drug Free Idaho about the impact of recreational marijuana in states where it has been legalized and will be shown at the Fence Town Hall at 1 p.m. on April 22. The screening is ...

Students honored

Niagara Students of the Month for February were, from left, in the front row: Claire Freeman, 4K; Eann Wahlstrom, first; Weslea Mach, kindergarten; in the back row: Scott Trevillian, principal; Cooper Pahl, second; Xyleigh Humblet, third; Dwight Hedmark, fourth; Mila Reynolds, sixth; Terry ...

UW suspends face-to-face classes; Barrett seeks declaration

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison officials announced Wednesday that they will suspend face-to-face instruction and students shouldn't return to their dorms after spring break as the number of COVID-19 cases in the state grew to six. Meanwhile, Milwaukee Gov. Tom Barrett ...