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UW president requests special session to address funding

Jun. 3, 2020 4:32 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System wants the Legislature to allow it to begin classes sooner than Sept. 1 and borrow money, moves that UW President Ray Cross said Wednesday would help it deal with “unprecedented financial and planning challenges” due to the coronavirus...

FILE - In this April 7, 2020, file photo voters line up at Riverside High School for Wisconsin's primary election in Milwaukee. Advocates for the disabled and minority voters in Wisconsin filed a sweeping federal lawsuit Monday, May 18, 2020, asking a judge to order that more poll workers be hired, every voter in the state receive an absentee ballot and a host of other changes be made to ensure the August primary and November presidential elections can be held safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

Key Wisconsin races for November coming into focus

Jun. 1, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Key races in Wisconsin came into clearer focus Monday, the deadline for candidates to file nomination papers to get on the November ballot. Republicans are looking to maintain their majorities in both the state Senate and Assembly heading into 2021, when the Legislature will be...

Romanski appointed head of Wisconsin agriculture department

Jun. 1, 2020 2:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Monday appointed Randy Romanski as secretary of the state agriculture department, a position he's held on an interim basis since November when his predecessor was fired by the state Senate. Evers promoted Romanski from the deputy position at the state Department of...

Wisconsin agrees to broad mailing of absentee applications

May. 27, 2020 8:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted Wednesday to mail absentee ballot applications to most voters in the battleground state ahead of November's presidential election. The vote came just a week after the panel split 3-3 along partisan lines on whether to mail the forms to nearly...

Wisconsin panel split on mailing voter absentee applications

May. 20, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials delayed a decision Wednesday on whether to mail absentee ballot applications to voters who haven't requested one, a move that could incur President Donald Trump's wrath after he threatened to pull funding from other states that have adopted similar...

Exodus from Wisconsin Senate continues with GOP retirement

May. 19, 2020 12:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The exodus in the Wisconsin Senate continued Tuesday with one of its most conservative members announcing he will not seek reelection, bringing to at least seven the number of incumbents who will not be returning next year. Republican Sen. David Craig, of the town of Vernon, said in a...

Evers gives up on virus restrictions amid GOP opposition

May. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Monday that he's given up trying to push through any more statewide restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus because he thinks rival Republicans emboldened by a state Supreme Court decision erasing his stay-at-home order would never allow any....

FILE - In this April 24, 2020 file photo protesters gather for a rally against Gov. Tony Evers' extended stay-at-home order due to COVID-19, at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, May 13, 2020 ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended the mandate for another month without consulting legislators. (Amber Arnold/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, file)

Wisconsin high court tosses out governor's stay-home order

May. 13, 2020 9:54 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down Gov. Tony Evers' coronavirus stay-at-home order Wednesday, ruling that his administration overstepped its authority when it extended it for another month without consulting legislators. The 4-3 ruling essentially reopens the state, lifting caps...

Wisconsin National Guard members administer COVID-19 tests in a parking lot Monday May 11, 2020, in Milwaukee. This was one of two sites in the city to open Monday and offer free testing. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Evers allows nearly all retail stores to open with limits

May. 11, 2020 4:29 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers on Monday allowed nearly all nonessential retail stores to reopen as long as they serve no more than five customers at a time, partially lifting the restriction that has kept them closed for weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The latest order, which took...

Alaska school board postpones decision on banned books

May. 8, 2020 9:18 AM EDT

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska school board postponed a vote over rescinding a ban on selected English course books after taking public testimony on the issue that attracted national attention when a Grammy-winning rock group pledged to purchase the banned books for students. The Matanuska-Susitna Borough...