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In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse appears via video during a hearing at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan, Ill., on Sept. 25, 2020, in his case. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., is fighting his return to Wisconsin to face homicide charges that could put him in prison for life. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)

Teen charged in Kenosha shootings fights extradition

Sep. 25, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — The 17-year-old charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Wisconsin is fighting his extradition from Illinois, but his attorneys didn't outline their strategy during a brief hearing on Friday and legal experts say there isn't much the teen can do to stop it. Kyle Rittenhouse...

Wisconsin's COVID-19 cases go up again, near all-time high

Sep. 25, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's newly reported COVID-19 cases grew again Friday, just shy of the highest daily total since the pandemic broke out. The state Department of Health Services reported 2,504 new cases, short of the record set exactly one week ago of 2,533 new cases. On Thursday, there were...

Audit highlights woes at Wisconsin unemployment call centers

Sep. 25, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Fewer than 1% of calls from Wisconsin residents seeking unemployment benefits amid the early months of the coronavirus pandemic got answered as newly jobless workers were unable to get through to call centers, an audit released Friday shows. The analysis from the nonpartisan Legislative...

Wisconsin hits second-highest daily total of COVID-19 cases

Sep. 24, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's daily count of COVID-19 cases hit its second-highest total to date on Thursday, while the seven-day average topped 1,900 for the first time. To date, Wisconsin has seen more than 108,000 positive cases of the coronavirus and 1,265 deaths, the state Department of Health...

Judge punts on voting case over Wisconsin student IDs

Sep. 23, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge said Wednesday that he won't rule before the election on a lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring college student IDs to have an expiration date in order for them to be used as a voter's ID. U.S. District Judge James Peterson canceled a hearing he had scheduled...

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., with another armed civilian. Four people filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, Sept. 23 demanding that Facebook prevent militias and hate groups from interacting on the site, after a militia group used the platform to draw armed people to protests in Wisconsin last month that left two people dead. Prosecutors have charged Rittenhouse with shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during the Aug. 25 protest in Kenosha. The protest was over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.  (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP, File)

Lawsuit asks court to force Facebook to ban militia posts

Sep. 23, 2020 4:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Facebook can't be trusted to enforce its ban on violent rhetoric in the run-up to the November elections, as is evident by its refusal to remove a group's call to arms to protect businesses in Kenosha last month before a night of unrest in which two protesters were shot and killed,...

Wisconsin Legislature appeals absentee ballot ruling

Sep. 23, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature on Wednesday appealed a federal court ruling that allows for absentee ballots to be counted up to six days after the Nov. 3 presidential election in the battleground state. The appeal was expected after Monday's highly anticipated court...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo , right, listens to a question from Wisconsin Senate President Roger Roth, R-Appleton, during a question and answer sessions with state Republican legislators in the Senate chamber of the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

Pompeo warns of China influence in state, local governments

Sep. 23, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Wednesday that China was aggressively attempting to influence state and local governments, including through seemingly innocuous sister-city agreements, delivering the message in the presidential battleground state of Wisconsin....

This Aug. 28, 2020 aerial photo shows damage to businesses in Kenosha, Wis. Police in Kenosha have arrested dozens of people since a white officer shot Jacob Blake in the back. Activists in the Wisconsin city say officers have been aggressive in responding to protests over the shooting Sunday of Blake, a Black man, even as they’ve tolerated armed militia groups. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP)

More loan money available for rebuilding Kenosha businesses

Sep. 23, 2020 11:15 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state is making more money available to help small businesses in Kenosha recover from damage during recent unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, officials announced Wednesday. Gov. Tony Evers and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation said another $3 million would...

Chicago puts Wisconsin on quarantine list for second time

Sep. 22, 2020 6:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials Tuesday told visitors from Wisconsin for the second time that they must remain in quarantine for two weeks if they visit the city. The order set to take effect Friday comes as Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers declared a “new public health emergency” because of a...