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FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2020 file photo, first-grade teacher Jessica Johnson asks students if they've been sick or near anyone who's been sick before the start of the first day of school at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, in De Pere, Wis. Gov. Tony Evers has extended Wisconsin's mask mandate until Nov. 21, citing a surge in coronavirus cases across the state.  (Sarah Kloepping/The Post-Crescent via AP)

Evers extends Wisconsin's mask mandate until Nov. 21

Sep. 22, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Faced with soaring coronavirus cases across Wisconsin, particularly on college campuses, Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday extended a statewide mask mandate until Nov. 21. The order, which has been in effect since August, was scheduled to expire on Monday. Evers extended the order even as his...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 4. 2020 file photo taken from Kenosha County Court video, Jacob Blake answers questions during a hearing  in Kenosha, Wis. Wisconsin's attorney general planned to provide an update Monday, Sept. 21, 2020 on the investigation into the police shooting of Blake, who was shot in the back by a white police officer last month, sparking days of protests. (Kenosha County Court via AP, File)

Former Wisconsin police chief to review Jacob Blake shooting

Sep. 21, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's attorney general announced Monday that he has selected a former Madison police chief to serve as an independent consultant for prosecutors weighing whether to file charges against the officer who shot Jacob Blake, a Black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down. The...

UW leader: County needs to stop wishing students were gone

Sep. 21, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison's chancellor on Monday pushed back against repeated calls from Dane County's top leaders to close the campus to slow COVID-19, saying he needs to stop wishing students were gone and crack down on off-campus gatherings. Rebecca Blank's remarks are the...

Wisconsin public records advocates worry about Marsy's Law

Sep. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When overwhelmingly passed by Wisconsin voters in April, Marsy’s Law was billed as a major step forward for crime victims’ rights, but public records advocates are raising concerns that an over-interpretation of the constitutional amendment by some law enforcement...

New business model: Madison man goes online to sell cookies

Sep. 19, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Yeng Yang’s had tremendous success recently with the Yummee cookies he began selling at the Dane County Farmers’ Market, and now he’s opening a storefront on Madison’s Far West Side. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Yeng sold most of his baked goods at...

42 Badger players, staff test positive for coronavirus

Sep. 17, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Forty-two players and staff with the Wisconsin football team have tested positive for COVID-19 as the Big Ten makes plans to get the season started. Public Health Madison & Dane County says the 42 people tested positive since June when athletes and staff returned to campus....

Vos: Veto-proof GOP majority probably unattainable

Sep. 16, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans probably won't be able to achieve a veto-proof majority in November's legislative elections, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Wednesday. The GOP is heading into the elections with comfortable majorities in the Assembly and Senate. Republican leaders want to flip three seats...

Woman sues Univ. of Wisconsin over Cephus' reinstatement

Sep. 16, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman who accused former Badgers football player Quintez Cephus of sexual assault in 2018 is suing the University of Wisconsin-Madison over its decision to reverse Cephus’ expulsion and allow him back on the football team. While a university investigation concluded Cephus...

United Nations General Assembly President-elect Volkan Bozkir gives a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. Bozkir arrived in Islamabad on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, international and regional issues with Pakistani leadership. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

The Latest: UN assembly head warns of pandemic unilateralism

Sep. 15, 2020 10:19 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS — The new president of the U.N. General Assembly is warning that unilateralism will only strengthen the COVID-19 pandemic and is calling for a new commitment to global cooperation including on the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines. Turkish diplomat and politician Volkan Bozkir, who...

Evers: UW reopening was right call despite virus surge

Sep. 15, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison officials made the right decision to reopen the campus even though there's been a surge of COVID-19 cases among students and university employees, Gov. Tony Evers said Tuesday. The state's flagship university reopened Sept. 2 after officials sent...