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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...

Man charged in 2008 killing was set to be freed from prison

Mar. 28, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 53-year-old man charged last week in the 2008 killing of a University of Wisconsin-Madison student was set to be released from prison on a drunken driving sentence. David Kahl is accused of killing 21-year-old Brittany Zimmerman, who was found strangled and stabbed in her downtown...

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 Thursday, March 19, 2020 photo, a sign promoting the Grant County Historical Society Museum's

Pandemic too much for pedal car and small Wisconsin museum

Mar. 28, 2020 1:02 AM EDT

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) — The idea was to find a story that would provide a break from the health scare, chaos, uncertainty and economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. A one-of-a-kind pedal car in the state’s Driftless Area seemed to fit the bill. The one-seat, motorless car was used by a...

FILE - In this Friday, March 27, 2020 file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington. On Friday, March 27, 2020, The Associated Press reported on stories circulating online incorrectly asserting that Pelosi snuck $25 million worth of pay raises for Congress in the federal relief bill intended to help Americans amid the coronavirus pandemic. A proposal in the economic rescue package sets aside $25 million for the House of Representatives but “none of those funds will go to member salaries,” Evan Hollander, the communications director for the House Appropriations Committee, told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

NOT REAL NEWS: Debunking yet more false coronavirus content

Mar. 27, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ CLAIM: Nancy Pelosi snuck $25 million worth of pay raises for Congress into the...

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...

Iconic hat maker turns to sewing masks during virus outbreak

Mar. 27, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan company that makes Stormy Kromer wool hats has pivoted to sewing facial masks for medical workers battling the coronavirus pandemic and plans to produce more protective gear for hospitals facing a supply shortage. Gina Thorsen, the president of Stormy Kromer, said...

The onramp to the Hoan Bridge is void of traffic Tuesday March 24, 2020, in Milwaukee. Gov. Tony Evers issued an order Tuesday closing businesses deemed to be nonessential, ordered no gatherings of any size and placed restrictions on travel across Wisconsin for a month in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee's black community hit hard by coronavirus

Mar. 27, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Deaths and confirmed cases of the coronavirus are spiking in Milwaukee’s black community, leading public health and civic leaders to sound the alarm that decades of social, political and economic disadvantages are creating a toxic stew that puts people’s lives at risk...

FILE - In this March 22, 2019, file booking photo, provided by the Marinette County Jail is Raymand Vannieuwenhoven. A judge has ruled that the 83-year-old man charged with killing a camping couple in a Wisconsin park in 1976 is not mentally competent to stand trial. During a hearing Thursday, March 26, 2020, in Marinette County court, Judge James Morrison ruled that Vannieuwenhoven didn't understand the proceedings and couldn't assist in his own defense against two counts of first-degree murder. (Marinette County Jail via AP, File)

Judge: Man accused in 1976 killings not competent for trial

Mar. 27, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ruled that an 83-year-old man charged with killing a camping couple in a Wisconsin park in 1976 is not mentally competent to stand trial. During a hearing Thursday in Marinette County court, Judge James Morrison ruled that Raymand Vannieuwenhoven did not understand the...