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FILE - In this March 8, 2018 file photo, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales poses at the Milwaukee Police Administration in Milwaukee. An oversight board is considering firing Morales after he ordered officers to use tear gas to break up protests over George Floyd’s death, the last straw for members upset with how the chief has handled incidents since the arrest of Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown in 2018. (Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP, File)

Milwaukee chief demoted over tear-gas use, other concerns

Aug. 7, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An oversight board demoted Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales after questioning how he handled multiple incidents, including ordering officers to fire tear gas and pepper spray at protesters demonstrating over George Floyd’s death. The city’s Fire and Police...

An outdoor table is ready for customers at Loretta and the Butcher restaurant during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in the Coconut Grove neighborhood in Miami. Restaurants continue to offer outdoor dining and take-out only, with indoor dining still not permitted in Miami-Dade County. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Fed's Main Street pandemic support program off to slow start

Aug. 6, 2020 7:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says that its Main Street Lending Program designed to help small and medium-sized companies get through the pandemic has managed to make just eight loans in its first month of operations. In its first report on the program, the Fed said Thursday it had provided $76.9...

Kerida O'Reilly, left, and Samantha Hamer are shown In these two July 27, 2020, booking photos provided by the Dane County (Wisc.) Sheriff's Office. Prosecutors charged both women Wednesday, July 29, 2020, with battery in connection with an attack on Wisconsin state Sen. Tim Carpenter, during a protest against police racism outside the Wisconsin state Capitol in Madison, on June 23. (Dane County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Women charged in beating of Wisconsin state senator

Jul. 29, 2020 8:39 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors on Wednesday charged two women, including a high school social worker, with attacking a Wisconsin state senator during a chaotic night of violence outside the state Capitol last month. Kerida O'Reilly, 33, and Samantha Hamer, 26, were each charged with one count of being a...

Police agencies pulling out of Democratic convention

Jul. 28, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — More than 100 police agencies are withdrawing from agreements to send personnel to bolster security at next month's Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, in part because they're concerned about a recent directive ordering police in the city to stop using tear gas to control crowds....

FILE - In this June 23, 2020 file photo, Wisconsin's

2 arrested for attacking senator during Wisconsin protests

Jul. 28, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two women have been arrested for attacking a Wisconsin state senator during a chaotic night of violence near the state Capitol last month. The women, ages 26 and 33, turned themselves in Monday and were taken to the Dane County Jail, Madison police said. Democratic Sen. Tim Carpenter...

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2013, file photo, a school resource officer in Anderson, Calif., walks a middle school student back to class. Portland Public Schools, Oregon's largest school district, will discontinue its use of Portland Police Bureau school resource officers. Superintendent Guadalupe Guerrero said Thursday, June 4, 2020, the district needed to

Fight for police-free schools has been years in the making

Jul. 25, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The group of protesters started out small, just a handful of students who told officials at school board meetings why they wanted police out of Madison, Wisconsin, schools. Over four years, their numbers grew but not their results. So they took to yelling from the audience and making...

FILE - In this June 23, 2020 file photo, Vice President Mike Pence participates in an event in Pewaukee, Wis. A small Wisconsin liberal arts college hosting a campaign visit by Pence told Pence that he and everyone attending his speech inside a campus building must wear a mask and maintain a six-foot distance between one another, in accordance with the college's protocols for slowing the coronavirus. The president of Ripon College also distanced the private school from the closed-door event on Friday, July 17 saying in an email to the campus community that it was not organizing it and was merely renting a room to the campaign.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash,File)

Wisconsin college distances itself from Pence campaign stop

Jul. 16, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A small Wisconsin liberal arts college hosting a campaign visit by Vice President Mike Pence told Pence that he and everyone attending his speech inside a campus building must wear a mask and maintain a 6-foot distance between one another, in accordance with the college's protocols for...

A statue of Civil War hero Hans Christian Heg is seen on March 11, 2020, outside the Wisconsin state Capitol, in Madison, Wis. The Wisconsin abolitionist's descendants are imploring state officials to repair and reinstall the man's statue outside the state Capitol after demonstrators ripped it down during a wild night of protests against police racism last month. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

Wisconsin abolitionist's descendants want statue restored

Jul. 13, 2020 2:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin abolitionist's descendants are imploring state officials to repair and reinstall the man's statue outside the state Capitol after demonstrators ripped it down during a wild night of protests against police racism last month. Col. Hans Christian Heg’s great-great...

In this image from video, Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-Wis., speaks on the floor of the House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, April 23, 2020. (House Television via AP)

Wisconsin congressman blames coughing fit on dry throat

Jul. 13, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin congressman whose coughing fit at the state Republican Party convention drew widespread attention because masks were not required at the event was suffering from nothing more than a dry throat, his campaign said Monday. U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman, 65, began coughing...

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...