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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers holds a news conference in Madison, Wis. Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration is moving ahead with plans to buy 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective masks in the fight against the coronavirus. The effort comes after Evers' administration had clashed with Republican lawmakers over whether he needed their permission to make such purchases. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin governor moves forward with equipment purchases

Mar. 29, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The administration of Wisconsin Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is moving ahead with plans to buy 10,000 ventilators and 1 million protective masks in the fight against the coronavirus after clashing with GOP lawmakers over whether he needed their permission to make such purchases. Evers...

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin approach 1,000 mark

Mar. 28, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Wisconsin are nearing the 1,000 mark, officials reported Saturday. The state Department of Health Services reported 989 cases of the coronavirus in the state, up from 842 on Friday. The state has officially listed 13 deaths, but local health...

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, photo, early voters cast their ballots at the Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee. Wisconsin Legislature's top Republicans told Democratic county clerks on Friday, March 27, to stop telling people they can mark themselves as indefinitely confined to get around photo ID requirements for absentee ballots, saying the governor's stay-at-home order isn't a lockdown. Wisconsin voters can request absentee ballots online, but they must upload a photo ID with the application. Voters who are indefinitely confined are exempt from the photo ID requirement. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Judge tosses 1 lawsuit over Wisconsin election; plenty left

Mar. 28, 2020 12:25 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has tossed one lawsuit seeking to delay Wisconsin's presidential primary, even as a handful of other legal actions remain over how and whether it should be carried out in the midst of the coronavirus threat. Green Bay had sought to postpone the April 7 election and move...

Broadband dearth hinders rural Wisconsin amid virus outbreak

Mar. 28, 2020 1:05 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Newcomer household near Monroe is fairly typical for rural Wisconsin. It is surrounded by cornfields. The nearest neighbor is a quarter mile down the road. And the internet is terrible. Now the coronavirus shutdown has put serious stress on the family. The teenagers struggle with...

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, photo, early voters cast their ballots at the Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee. Wisconsin Legislature's top Republicans told Democratic county clerks on Friday, March 27, to stop telling people they can mark themselves as indefinitely confined to get around photo ID requirements for absentee ballots, saying the governor's stay-at-home order isn't a lockdown. Wisconsin voters can request absentee ballots online, but they must upload a photo ID with the application. Voters who are indefinitely confined are exempt from the photo ID requirement. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

GOP calls Evers' mass ballot mailing idea 'complete fantasy'

Mar. 27, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans signaled Friday that they have no interest in postponing or adjusting the state's April 7 presidential primary despite the coronavirus threat, branding Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' call for the Legislature to send absentee ballots to every registered voter a...

The Latest: 4 Dane County prisoners test negative for virus

Mar. 27, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Tests of four Dane County Jail inmates in Madison for the coronavirus have come back negative, after two other inmates were shown to have COVID-19. The sheriff's department reported Friday that four of...

Roys announces bid to succeed Risser in Wisconsin Senate

Mar. 27, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former state representative who ran for both Congress and governor is now seeking to replace retiring state Sen. Fred Risser in the Wisconsin Senate. Kelda Roys announced Friday that she is running for the Senate seat representing the heart of Madison. Risser announced Thursday that...

The Latest: Milwaukee County reports 2 more COVID-19 deaths

Mar. 26, 2020 6:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local): 6 p.m. Milwaukee County reports two more deaths from COVID-19, bringing Wisconsin's death toll from the disease to 10. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office says a 79-year-old Milwaukee woman with...

FILE - In this June 14, 2011, file photo, state Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, speaks in the Senate chamber at the state Capitol in Madison, Wis. Risser, 92, the nation's longest-serving legislator, announced Thursday, March 26, 2020, that he won't seek re-election. Risser has represented the Madison area in the Legislature for more than 60 years, making him the longest-serving legislator in state and national history. (M.P. King/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin's longest-serving legislator says he will retire

Mar. 26, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state Sen. Fred Risser, the longest-serving legislator in the nation's history, said Thursday that he plans to retire. Risser, 92, announced that he won't seek re-election this fall. The Democrat has represented Madison in the Wisconsin Legislature for 64 years. He's the last...

Attorneys try to block suit seeking to stop in-person voting

Mar. 26, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The legal fight over how to conduct Wisconsin's spring election intensified Thursday as the League of Women Voters filed a lawsuit looking to ease absentee voting requirements and Republicans tried to block an action seeking to move to a mail-only footing. The election, which features...