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Appeals court reverses Wisconsin voting restrictions rulings

Appeals court reverses Wisconsin voting restrictions rulings

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 —all Republican appointees— found that the state can restrict early voting hours and restored a requirement that people must live in a district for 28 days, not 10, before they can vote. The panel also said emailing and faxing absentee ballots is unconstitutional.The state’s photo ID...

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Jun 30
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Madison protest organizer federally charged with extortion

Madison protest organizer federally charged with extortion

MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison protest organizer has been charged in federal court with extortion following his arrest which sparked demonstrations downtown.Prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against Devonere Johnson, 28, in federal court, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin.Johnson also goes by the name Yeshua Musa.The U.S. Attorney's Office claimed Johnson used "force, violence, and fear" to get free food, drinks and money from businesses.The complaint alleges that on Monday, Johnson threatened that the windows of a business would be...

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Jun 26
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Student activists call for Lincoln, other monuments to be removed from UW campus

Student activists call for Lincoln, other monuments to be removed from UW campus

MADISON (WKOW) -- Controversy is developing at UW-Madison around one of the campus's most iconic fixtures.As far as historical figures go, most people might consider Honest Abe worthy of a statue -- but Nalah McWhorter would tell you what you probably learned about the 16th President of the United States is only part of the story."I grew up thinking Abraham Lincoln was this great president, and this really great figure that freed the slaves, because that's what I was taught in high school," she said. "But the Emancipation Proclamation was just a small part."McWhorter is the president of...

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Andrew Merica
Jun 26
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Saharan dust plumes to travel into southern Wisconsin this weekend

Saharan dust plumes to travel into southern Wisconsin this weekend

MADISON (WKOW) -- It's not unusual for the the African easterly jet stream to pick up dust from the Sahara desert around this time of year. The dust plays a big role in suppressing hurricane development in the tropics.But what is unusual is the amount of dust this year and how far north it will travel in the middle levels of the atmosphere.Unfortunately, there will be some downsides to beautiful sunrise's and sunsets.This weekend, the enormous dust clouds can bring particles in the air here in Wisconsin that would be bad news for your respiratory system. This could mean poor air quality...

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Guy Brown
Jun 25
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President Trump visits Wisconsin Thursday

President Trump visits Wisconsin Thursday

(WKOW) -- President Donald Trump is returning to the Badger State on Thursday.The President will start his visit at Fincantieri Marinette Marine, where he'll tour the shipyard and give a speech. He plans to tout his economic record and announce 1,000 new jobs in the Wisconsin.After narrowly winning Wisconsin in 2016, his campaign said they are not taking the state for granted." This is a state we do not take lightly and we will fight for every single vote in the Badger State," said Erin Perrine, Director of Communications for the Trump campaign. "We know it's an important state."President...

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Jun 25
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Dane Co. Sheriff: Downtown Madison is currently not safe

Dane Co. Sheriff: Downtown Madison is currently not safe

MADISON (WKOW) -- In response to violent protesters who Tuesday night battered a state senator and toppled two iconic statues outside the State Capitol, Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney said downtown Madison is currently not safe.Mahoney defended his agency's response amid widespread criticism from citizens and state lawmakers who questioned why police allowed rioters to have free reign for more than two hours. Mahoney said by the time his deputies were assembled and prepared to support Madison Police in its efforts to stop the riot, the violence had largely endedMahoney said deputies...

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A. J. Bayatpour
Jun 25
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Dane County executive condemns firebombing of City County Building

Dane County executive condemns firebombing of City County Building

MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County Executive Joe Parisi condemned the attempted firebombing of the City County Building in downtown Madison overnight."What happened overnight in the heart of the city I've grown up and spent my entire life in is absolutely heartbreaking," Parisi said. "The misguided actions of a few jeopardized people's safety and well-being. Things have gone too far."The executive specifically called out a fire bomb thrown into the City County Building. "A firebomb tossed through windows of the City County Building (CCB) landed near Dane County's 911 Center, the lifeline for all...

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JT Cestkowski
Jun 24
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Protesters pull down Forward statue, Col. Hans Christian Heg statue outside State Capitol

Protesters pull down Forward statue, Col. Hans Christian Heg statue outside State Capitol

MADISON (WKOW) -- Protesters pulled down the Forward statue that normally stands outside the State Capitol and left it lying in the middle of the road.Demonstrators had been marching around downtown Madison, frustrated after the earlier in the day.The same group also tore down the Col. Hans Christian Heg statue a short time later. The group then went on to throw the statue into Lake Monona. Heg fought for the Union during the Civil War and was a stark opponent of slavery during that time.Glass of the Tommy Thompson Center on W. Washington Avenue was also smashed out a short time...

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Jun 24
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Gov. Evers calling black community leaders to discuss state's next steps

Gov. Evers calling black community leaders to discuss state's next steps

MADISON (WKOW) -- In response to protests across the country and Wisconsin, Governor Tony Evers is looking to community leaders to develop solutions.Monday, he spoke with Michael Johnson, the president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County."I think he heard me but I also encouraged him to reach out to a bunch of leaders and I know he's going to over the next couple of days," Johnson said.According to Johnson, the governor called him at first to thank him for his efforts at and supporting the youth groups in Madison and Dane County. The conversation quickly shifted to Johnson's...

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Michelle Alfini
Jun 16
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Community helps chef get delivery truck, donations for meal program still needed

Community helps chef get delivery truck, donations for meal program still needed

Chef Dave Heide has been preparing meals around the clock during the COVID-19 pandemic and getting them out to people in need.Through his non-profit restaurant and the organization Heide donates meals to over 600 local kids a week. This meal program is now on it's final week of funding and needs donations to keep the food going out."We have to get food out right now. We can't start a crowd funding campaign, we can't wait for it," said Heide. "We took their six week budget, we moved all of that up to fund three weeks. We have three weeks fully funded, but that means the next three weeks...

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Alec Ausmus
Apr 26
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National Bobblehead Museum unveils Gov. Tony Evers bobblehead

National Bobblehead Museum unveils Gov. Tony Evers bobblehead

MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- There's a new bobblehead on the block, and he may look familiar.On Friday, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a bobblehead of Governor Tony Evers. The bobblehead is the first of the Badger State’s 46th governor.The museum said Evers has made difficult decisions orders in an effort to keep citizens of Wisconsin safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The museum will be donating $5 from every Governor Evers Bobblehead sold to the  fund in support of the , which is the same cause that the Hall of Fame and Museum has raised over $160,000 for through the sale...

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Emily Friese
Apr 24
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