Latest Wisconsin state government News

Dane County becomes Wisconsin's first with mask requirement

Jul. 7, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All Dane County residents will be required to wear masks when indoors under the first order of its kind issued Tuesday in Wisconsin as deaths from COVID-19 surpassed 800 statewide and confirmed cases again increased, particularly among young adults. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said he...

FILE - In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department said it is releasing on Monday, July 6 the names of more than 700,000 companies that received funds from the government’s small business lending program, a massive effort intended to support the economy as states shut down in April to contain the viral outbreak (Tasos Katopodis/Pool via AP, File)

Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

Jul. 6, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government on Monday identified roughly 650,000 mostly small businesses and nonprofits that received taxpayer money through a federal program that was designed to soften job losses from the coronavirus but also benefited wealthy, well-connected companies and some celebrity owned...

FILE - In this June 10, 2020 file photo, Jovita Carranza, Administrator of the Small Business Administration, testifies during a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship hearing to examine implementation of Title I of the CARES Act, on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Treasury Department said it is releasing on Monday, July 6 the names of more than 700,000 companies that received funds from the government’s small business lending program, a massive effort intended to support the economy as states shut down in April to contain the viral outbreak.  (Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)

The Latest: Financial firms among big relief fund recipients

Jul. 6, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Treasury decision to identify hundreds of thousands of businesses that received funding through the Paycheck Protection Program, created to preserve jobs at smaller businesses during the coronavirus pandemic: ___ The financial services industry received roughly $27 billion...

Evers gives UW System go-ahead for sex assault rules

Jul. 6, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers has given the University of Wisconsin System the go-ahead to begin complying with new federal rules that bolster the rights of sexual misconduct defendants and narrow the range of sexual misconduct that colleges must investigate. Evers in June rejected system...

Wisconsin sees 484 new COVID-19 cases

Jul. 6, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed nearly 500 more cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin. The state Department of Health Services said Monday that Wisconsin has seen 32,061 cases since the pandemic began in March. That's an increase of 484 cases since Sunday. The death toll has held at 796 since...

Appeals court reverses Wisconsin voting restrictions rulings

Jul. 6, 2020 5:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court panel upheld a host of Republican-authored voting restrictions in Wisconsin on Monday, handing conservatives a significant win in a pair of lawsuits just months before residents in the battleground state cast their ballots for president. The three-judge panel...

FILE - In this April 14, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos speaks at the state Capitol in Madison Wis. A company Speaker Vos runs received between $150,000 and $350,000 through the federal government's coronavirus small business lending program. That's according to lists of recipients the U.S. Treasury Department released Monday, July 6, 2020. That data shows Robin J. Vos Enterprises in Burlington received the money through the Paycheck Protection Program. The company manufactures popcorn and popcorn supplies. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Vos company received $150K-$350K in coronavirus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Republican Speaker Robin Vos' popcorn company received tens of thousands of dollars through a federal small business lending program intended to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday. Robin J. Vos Enterprises in...

Wisconsin records 522 COVID-19 cases, no deaths

Jul. 5, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wisc. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials reported 522 more confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, but no new deaths from COVID-19. The state has seen an uptick of cases from people in their 20s, with the age group accounting for nearly a quarter of cases statewide, according to the Wisconsin...

Wisconsin officials confirm nearly 600 more COVID-19 cases

Jul. 3, 2020 8:07 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials have confirmed nearly 600 more cases of COVID-19 in the state. The state Department of Health Services said Friday that the state has now seen 30,317 confirmed cases since the pandemic began in March. That’s up 579 cases from Thursday. The department...

Wisconsin officer shoots Black man brandishing knives

Jul. 2, 2020 5:58 PM EDT

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin police officer shot and killed a Black man on Thursday after the man allegedly chased a woman with a pair of knives, though the man's family said police knew he had psychiatric issues and that they don't think he would have been killed if he wasn't Black. The Sheboygan...