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Wisconsin Democrats question federal agents’ Milwaukee role
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of Wisconsin Democrats are asking a federal prosecutor to clarify the role federal agents will play in Milwaukee in coming weeks. Gov. Tony Evers, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley sent U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger a letter Tuesday asking a host of questions about the agents’ job, including whether they work crowd control and who will command them. Krueger said last week the agents are coming to Milwaukee to help local investigators solve violent crimes as part of a national initiative known as Operation Legend.
Milwaukee man faces federal arson charges in unrest burning
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Milwaukee man on arson charges stemming from a home that was set on fire during unrest last month. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin says 32-year-old Joshua Lusk was indicted Tuesday on charges of arson and attempted arson, injuring a Milwaukee firefighter. U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger says Lusk “engaged in senseless violence, attempting to destroy the home of innocent people.” A crowd gathered at the home in June, believing two missing girls were at the house and investigating whether the house was used for sex trafficking. But police said the girls were never at the house, and there was no evidence human trafficking occurred at the house.
Wisconsin DNR again cancels sharp-tailed grouse season
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources has again canceled the sharp-tailed grouse season to protect the population. The DNR made the announcement Tuesday. The department said modeling conducted in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows low survival probabilities for sharp-tailed grouse over the next 50 years. The agency canceled the 2019 hunt as well. Sharp-tailed grouse populations have been dwindling across the country since the 1900s. The bird was once found throughout Wisconsin but it has retreated to the northern reaches of the state as southern forests and grasslands were cleared for farming.
Wisconsin among 4 states added to Chicago quarantine order
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago added Missouri, Wisconsin, Nebraska and North Dakota to the list of states where people who are traveling to the city must quarantine for two weeks. Meanwhile, Illinois learned Tuesday that its own residents must do the same when they travel to New York, New Jersey or Connecticut. Chicago officials issued the quarantine order in early July. Initially, it applied to travelers from 15 states but has been updated weekly based on increasing numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The latest expansion announced Tuesday brings the total number of affected states to 22. Illinois was one of three states that were added to the joint quarantine list maintained by New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Wisconsin residents receive what looks like Chinese seeds
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Agriculture officials say Wisconsin residents are receiving unsolicited packages of what appear to be Chinese seeds. Authorities in multiple states issued warnings Monday about unsolicited shipments of foreign seeds and advised people not to plant them. They say the seeds are unknown and could be invasive species or be harmful to people or livestock. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Tuesday that state residents have received seeds that appear to have originated from China. The department is advising people who receive seeds to report it to the agency using an online form.
WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT-INAUGURATION
New Wisconsin justice to be sworn in during ultramarathon
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice-elect Jill Karofsky says she will be sworn in while running an ultramarathon.The liberal-leaning Karofsky defeated conservative incumbent Daniel Kelly in April to narrow the court’s conservative majority to 4-3. She’s due to be sworn in on Saturday. She sent an email to supporters Tuesday saying she would like to invite everyone to a “big party” to celebrate her inauguration but the coronoavirus pandemic means people must social distance. Instead, she says she will be sworn in while she’s running a 100-mile ultramarathon through south-central Wisconsin. She says she will pause at the 35-mile marker for an outdoor ceremony.
ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
Police agencies pulling out of Democratic convention
MILWAUKEE (AP) — More than 100 police police agencies are withdrawing from agreements to send personnel to help bolster security at the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next month. Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales tells WTMJ-TV that the police agancies are concerned with a new order barring the police use of tear gas and pepper spray at demonstrations. The convention is slated to run Aug. 17 through Aug. 20. The convention has been scaled down to a mostly virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic, with about 300 people expected to attend in-person. But police are still preparing for the possibility of large protests.
Menominee Tribe closing offices amid COVID-19 outbreak
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Menominee Indian Tribe says it is shutting down its governmental offices for two weeks amid an “alarming rise” in COVID-19 cases, including tribal employees in four different departments on the reservation in northeast Wisconsin. The tribe said Tuesday that employees in three other departments have had direct contact with those who tested positive. The governmental shutdown will not affect operations of the Menominee Casino in Keshena, about 50 miles northwest of Green Bay. Also, the U.S. Department of Labor has reversed course and said Wisconsin residents who receive disability benefits may also get unemployment benefits made available due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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