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Wisconsin health secretary: Scrap Thanksgiving gatherings

Oct. 20, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's top health official warned Tuesday that people should scrap any plans for Thanksgiving gatherings because of the rampant spread of the coronavirus in the state. Andrea Palm, who heads the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, said during a teleconference with reporters...

Wisconsin public schools enrollment drop adds to virus woes

Oct. 20, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin education officials said Thursday that enrollment at public schools in the state has dropped by 3% this year, adding more misery to funding problems created by the coronavirus. The numbers decline could further hurt districts already in a financial pinch because of the extra...

Voters participating in the first day of Wisconsin's in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election wait in line outside the city's City-County Building in Madison, Wis., Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Wisconsin voters line up to cast early in-person ballots

Oct. 20, 2020 3:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters across Wisconsin lined up Tuesday to cast their ballots on the first day of early in-person voting in the presidential battleground state, marking the beginning of the final push to Election Day in two weeks. Locations and times to vote Tuesday varied across the state, but lines...

Organizers: Wisconsin students excited to vote amid pandemic

Oct. 19, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are excited to vote in next month's presidential election despite the pandemic spurring a scaled-back number of events seeking to increase voter turnout on college campuses, organizers said. Student groups at the school moved voter...

Wisconsin state park visits surge amid coronavirus pandemic

Oct. 19, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More people are flocking to Wisconsin state parks amid the coronavirus pandemic. WMTV-TV reports that state parks officials report a 12% increase in both visitation and camping. The Department of Natural Resources said it pulled in more than $15 million from vehicle admission fees and...

Groups band together in attempt to stop COVID-19 spread

Oct. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A day after COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin topped more than 3,000 and the state reached a record 907 hospitalizations, a new coalition of business, education and health groups has formed in hopes of controlling a virus that’s spreading much faster in the state than it is in most of...

Wisconsin breaks record for virus cases third time in week

Oct. 16, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin broke the record for new positive coronavirus cases on Friday for the third time in a week, and hospitalizations also hit a new high, as a surge that began in early September shows no signs of abating. The state also hit record highs for daily deaths this week as a third...

Works is done outside the Wisconsin State Fair exposition center in West Allis, Wis. on Thursday, April 16, 2020. A field hospital in Wisconsin opened Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020 at the state fairgrounds near Milwaukee as a surge in COVID-19 cases hits the state. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Wisconsin judge blocks governor's order limiting capacity

Oct. 14, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Wednesday temporarily blocked an order from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration limiting the number of people who can gather in bars, restaurants and other indoor places, a move that comes as the state breaks records for new coronavirus cases, deaths and...

Judge rejects attempt to block grants to 5 Wisconsin cities

Oct. 14, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday declined to block more than $6 million in election grant money to five Wisconsin cities that a conservative group argued amounted to bribery designed to increase voter turnout in Democratic strongholds. U.S. District Judge William Griesbach denied a request...

1 killed, 1 injured after metal pole hits power line

Oct. 13, 2020 4:02 PM EDT

DUNKIRK, Wis. (AP) — Authorities said one worker was killed and another injured Tuesday after they were electrocuted while putting up scaffolding for a siding project. The Dane County's Sheriff's Office says the incident happened just before 9 a.m.in the town of Dunkirk, about 30 miles southeast of...