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US prosecutors tout drug busts in California, Wisconsin

Sep. 22, 2020 3:48 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Authorities have broken up a drug-trafficking operation that was moving marijuana, heroin and cocaine from California to Wisconsin, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger said during a news conference that federal, state and local law enforcement officers arrested...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 4. 2020 file photo taken from Kenosha County Court video, Jacob Blake answers questions during a hearing  in Kenosha, Wis. Wisconsin's attorney general planned to provide an update Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 on the investigation into the police shooting of Blake, who was shot in the back by a white police officer last month, sparking days of protests. (Kenosha County Court via AP, File)

Former Wisconsin police chief to review Jacob Blake shooting

Sep. 21, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attorney general announced Monday that he has selected a former Madison police chief to serve as an independent consultant for prosecutors weighing whether to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down. The...

Long lines are shown waiting outside the location where President Donald Trump will speak at a campaign rally, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, in Swanton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Trump's Ohio suburb slide signals peril in industrial north

Sep. 21, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Peggy Lehner, a Republican state senator in Ohio, doesn't sugarcoat what she has seen happen to support for President Donald Trump in her suburban Dayton district. “It hasn’t ebbed. It’s crashed," said Lehner, who is not seeking reelection in the district of...

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020, file photo, State Sen. Caleb Frostman, who was appointed secretary of the Department of Workforce Development, speaks during a news conference in Madison, Wis. Frostman, resigned Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after failing to find a way to address a massive backlog of unprocessed unemployment benefit claims sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin secretary resigns amid unemployment claim backlog

Sep. 18, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Workforce Development's top leader resigned Friday after failing to find a way to address a massive backlog of unprocessed unemployment benefit claims sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' office said Caleb Frostman stepped down after...

Wisconsin Democrats' 'Princess Bride' reading raises $4.3M

Sep. 17, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democrats’ fundraiser centered on a star-packed live reading of “The Princess Bride” script raised nearly $4.3 million to help Joe Biden's presidential campaign in the key battleground state, the party said Thursday. The original cast from the beloved...

Emergency crews work the scene where multiple people were shot outside a senior living apartment complex, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, in Mayville, Wis. (Doug Raflik/The Reporter via AP)

Shooting outside Wisconsin apartments leaves 4 hurt

Sep. 17, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man who lives in a senior apartment complex in a small Wisconsin town opened fire on three fellow residents before apparently shooting himself, authorities said Thursday. All four were airlifted to trauma centers following the shooting Wednesday evening outside Spring Glen Apartments...

GOP Wisconsin elections commissioner advised Green Party

Sep. 15, 2020 4:46 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican member of the Wisconsin Elections Commission advised a Green Party representative about who to hire as an attorney after its presidential nominee was denied ballot access in the key battleground state, records obtained by The Associated Press show. The commission...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020 file photo, a City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes and sorts absentee ballots for Wisconsin's primary election, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court has ordered no absentee ballots to be mailed until it gives the go-ahead or makes any future ruling about who should be on the ballot in the battleground state on Thursday, Sept. 10 2020. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Wisconsin election clerks rush to mail ballots after delay

Sep. 15, 2020 12:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Election clerks across the presidential battleground state of Wisconsin rushed to mail absentee ballots Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the state Supreme Court lifted a temporary freeze on sending them while it considered a legal challenge. “Oh, we're busy,” said Wendy...

Freshmen Lauren Tamborini and Bailey Donahue move out of Sellery Residence Hall Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis. The students plan on attending class online. Citing rapidly rising COVID-19 cases including two straight days in which one in five student tests came back positive, University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank locked down the state's largest university campus for two weeks. (Mark Hoffmann/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Wisconsin university eliminates spring break

Sep. 14, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Madison decided Monday to eliminate spring break next semester in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The university’s Faculty Senate voted 140-7 to erase the nine-day break from the 2021 spring calendar. Officials said the move is designed...

FILE - In this April 8, 2020 file photo, a City of Milwaukee Election Commission worker processes and sorts absentee ballots for Wisconsin's primary election, in downtown Milwaukee, Wis. The conservative-controlled Wisconsin Supreme Court has ordered no absentee ballots to be mailed until it gives the go-ahead or makes any future ruling about who should be on the ballot in the battleground state on Thursday, Sept. 10 2020. (Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects Green bid for ballot access

Sep. 14, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Green Party presidential candidate's request to be added to the state ballot, ruling that it came too late for any relief “that would not cause confusion and undue damage” just seven weeks before the election. The 4-3...