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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...

Health officials: Stay home July Fourth to avoid infection

Jul. 2, 2020 4:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials urged people Thursday to spend the Fourth of July weekend at home as coronavirus infections surge in the state. The number of confirmed cases per day in the U.S. climbed to an all-time high of more than 50,000 on Thursday. The infection curve is rising in...

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...