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Health officials disinfect an area around a hospital after one of the hospital's patients tested positive for the new coronavirus in Gwangju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 1, 2020. South Korea is considering including religious facilities on the same list with nightclubs, hostess bars and karaoke rooms as

The Latest: South Korea worries as virus resurgence spreads

Jul. 1, 2020 10:41 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says it has confirmed 54 more COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus continues to spread beyond the capital region and reach cities like Gwangju, which has shut schools and tightened social restrictions after dozens fell sick this week. The figures reported Thursday brought the...

Man found dead in Madison area lagoon was wanted in shooting

Jul. 1, 2020 5:28 PM EDT

MONONA, Wis. (AP) — A man found dead in a lagoon in a Madison suburb after a weekend police chase was wanted in a shooting that injured two people in April. The Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man whose body was found Monday in a Monona lagoon as Rodney Freeman Jr., 21, of...

Wisconsin court may not rule on voter purge before November

Jul. 1, 2020 12:52 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court won't hear oral arguments in a lawsuit seeking to purge thousands of voters from the rolls until at least September, raising questions about whether the justices will rule before the Nov. 3 presidential election. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the...

Evers' office: No record of secret recording authorization

Jun. 30, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' office said there is no written record of anyone authorizing one of his aides to secretly record a phone call with top Republican lawmakers. The Democratic governor has refused to say who made the May 14 recording of a conference call between Evers, his aides...

Appeals court reverses Wisconsin voting restrictions rulings

Jun. 29, 2020 10:22 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...

County Highway JJ is washed out by the Kinnickinnic River east of River Falls, Wis., Monday, June 29, 2020. Flash flooding made some roads impassable and forced some residents to evacuate their home in western Wisconsin where up to 6 inches of rain fell by Monday. (Andrew Krueger/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

1 dead as flooding causes evacuations in western Wisconsin

Jun. 29, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

BALDWIN, Wis. (AP) — A 70-year-old man died Monday after his minivan went off the road and became submerged in a ditch as a western Wisconsin village grappled with hours of torrential rain that resulted in home evacuations and heavy floodwaters. Gary Parent of Emerald, Wisconsin, was driving a Dodge Grand...

Majority of Wisconsin Republicans voted absentee in April

Jun. 28, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans who oppose making it easier for people to vote absentee have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote by mail in recent elections, with more than 80% of GOP members of the state Legislature doing it in April. An analysis of absentee voting records provided to...

Wisconsin man who triggered protest charged with extortion

Jun. 26, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors on Friday charged a Black man whose arrest triggered a violent protest in Wisconsin's capital city with extorting local businesses. Police arrested 28-year-old Devonere Johnson in Madison on Tuesday after he walked into Cooper's Tavern near the state Capitol...

DNR restarts hunter safety courses in face of lawsuit

Jun. 26, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources will resume in-person hunter safety courses next month after a hunter advocacy group sued the department alleging it had no authority to cancel them and was denying people their constitutional right to hunt. The DNR issued a statement Friday...

More than 500 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases in Wisconsin

Jun. 26, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Wisconsin. There were 520 newly reported cases of COVID-19 in Wisconsin on Friday, representing 5.6% of all tests, the state Department of Health Services reported. The death total was unchanged at 766. In total, there have...