Fourth day of protest in Madison shuts down state highway
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Protesters have shut down a six-lane state highway that feeds into downtown Madison for a second day. Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday called for the Legislature to pass a law to reduce the use of police force and urged a united battle against racism. The latest actions came after a third night of violence gripped downtown Madison, with protesters spray painting graffiti on the state Capitol and nearby buildings, dumping paint on the beloved “Forward” statue and breaking into boarded up businesses. The mayor of Madison condemned the vandalism and called for an end, saying “This is not protest.”
VIRUS OUTBREAK-ECONOMIC PROJECTIONS
Report: Wisconsin wages, income should rebound in 2021
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report from Gov. Tony Evers’ administration projects wages and personal income levels will rebound next year. The state Department of Revenue released an analysis Tuesday that found Wisconsin lost 440,000 jobs in April alone, more than twice the number of jobs lost during the Great Recession. Personal income will shrink 0.5% in 2020 but recoup that loss in 2021. Wages should decrease by 9% in the state but after bottoming out in the third quarter wages should post annual growth rates of 7% in 2021. Aid from the federal coronavirus relief bill will contribute to the rebound.
Wisconsin tops 600 deaths from COVID-19
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The new coronavirus has now killed more than 600 people in Wisconsin. State health officials said Tuesday the virus has now killed 607 people. The state has seen 18,917 cases as of Tuesday, up from 18,543 cases on Monday. Only 3.6% of all tests reported Tuesday were positive, the second smallest total in the last two weeks.The number of tests processed jumped sharply from Monday, from 3,492 to 10,148.
Alaska official only finalist for Wisconsin system president
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The president of the University of Alaska System is the only finalist for the University of Wisconsin System president opening. University of Wisconsin System officials announced Tuesday that Jim Johnsen is the only remaining candidate for the position. They said in a statement that several candidates removed themselves from consideration after expressing concern over being named publicly as a finalist during the coronavirus pandemic. He’s set to interview on June 9. A search committee will meet after the interview to decide on whether to recommend that the full board of regents hire Johnsen.
Teen charged with homicide in fatal Waupaca County crash
WAUPACA, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors in Waupaca County have charged a 17-year-old boy they say intentionally caused a crash that killed a woman. Logan Stedjee is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in last Saturday’s fatal crash in Bear Creek. A criminal complaint says Stedjee was going about 100 mph, ran through a stop sign and struck a pickup truck, killing the woman. WLUK-TV says she had not been identified. Stedjee suffered broken bones in his foot and finger. The complaint says the teen sent a Facebook message shortly before the crash saying he intended to crash and take his own life. Stedjee’s attorney did not immediately respond to a call for comment.
4 injured in pursuit crash, pregnant woman loses baby
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a pregnant woman injured along with three others in a crash involving a fleeing suspect has lost her baby. Authorities say officers were pursuing a reckless driver wanted for a domestic violence incident when the suspect lost control and crashed into the victims’ vehicle shortly before 6 p.m. Monday. The 25-year-old woman who was six months pregnant had to be extricated from the vehicle. The woman suffered serious injuries and her baby died. A 56-year-old woman, a 26-year-old man and a 5-year-old child in the same vehicle were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was arrested after a brief foot chase.
Insider who stole from Lake Michigan ferry pleads guilty
LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A man who handled finances at a Lake Michigan ferry company has pleaded guilty to fraud in a scheme to steal money from the business. Paul Piper of Ludington also pleaded guilty to a tax crime and agreed to pay $364,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. Piper was the controller at Lake Michigan Carferry, which operates the S.S. Badger between Ludington and Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He also had a local accounting business and a coffee shop. Piper admits he wrote checks to himself or his related businesses, stealing at least $550,000 between 2007 and May 2018.
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