Green Bay Packers Pro Shop, closed by virus, set to reopen
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers Pro Shop is scheduled to reopen with new safeguards in place to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. Precautionary measures for Monday’s 10 a.m. start include social distancing, closed fitting rooms and hand sanitizer at entrances and check-out registers. The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that plastic barriers are in place at the checkout registers and the area will be wiped down after each guest completes their purchase. Wisconsin health officials on Saturday confirmed 272 new cases of COVID-19, increasing the total amount to 22,518 in the state. Two additional deaths were reported, for a total of 691 since the start of the pandemic.
ELECTION 2020-WISCONSIN DEMOCRATS
Biden, Wisconsin Democrats rally, virtually, to defeat Trump
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urged Wisconsin Democrats in a recorded message broadcast during an online state convention Friday to unite to defeat President Donald Trump in November. That message was repeated by Democratic office holders at the state and local level, who also pushed the need to prevent Republicans from winning enough seats in the Legislature to have a super majority that could override vetoes of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. The convention, usually a pep rally for activists that attracts a couple thousand Democrats, was moved to an online only meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Man sentenced in murder involving man who fled to Wisconsin
MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A Minot man convicted in the shooting death of another man in January has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Twenty-five-year-old Michael Dennis II pleaded guilty last month to accomplice to murder in the death of 29-year-old Dominick Stephens and attempted murder of 28-year-old Patrick Bost. Stephens was shot twice in the back as he was driving a car through northwest Minot, fleeing a vehicle from which Dennis and co-defendant Donald Lee Cooper Jr. were allegedly firing shots. The Minot Daily News reports that the 27-year-old Cooper fled to Milwaukee after the shooting and was apprehended there on April 3. Authorities sa hye crashed his vehicle into another car while he was fleeing law enforcement and killed two people in the other car.
Lone UW president finalist withdraws from consideration
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The lone finalist for the job as president of the University of Wisconsin System has withdrawn his name from consideration. University of Alaska System President Jim Johnsen was the only finalist to emerge from a monthslong search. Other would-be finalists withdrew from the running out of concern about being publicly named as a finalist during the coronavirus pandemic. The University of Alaska System issued a statement Friday saying Johnsen withdrew from consideration and quoting him as saying he feels he’s called to lead the system in Alaska.
AMERICA PROTESTS-PROTESTER SPAT ON
Attorney who spat on protester charged with hate crime
MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attorney who spat on a high school student during an anti-racism rally and march in a Milwaukee suburb has been charged with a hate crime. Lawyer Stephanie Rapkin, who is white, showed up at the protest last Saturday in Shorewood and parked her car in the street, blocking the march. When protesters approached her to urge her to move her car, video shows Rapkin spitting on a black teen, Eric Lucas, a junior at Shorewood High School. Rapkin is charged with disorderly conduct as a hate crime and battery to a police officer. The complaint says police went to Rapkin’s home the following day in response to an altercation, she resisted arrest and kneed one officer in the groin.
Multiple fatalities, injuries in Columbia County crashes
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin State Patrol says four people were killed and seven people were injured in a series of crashes in Columbia County. The first crash about 3:30 a.m. Friday involved two semis on Interstate 90/94/39 at state Highway 60 near Lodi, the patrol said. Shortly after 5 a.m., a straight truck piled into the first crash scene, injuring two state troopers and a highway worker. The troopers were treated and released, according to authorities. The worker remains hospitalized. About 6:45 a.m., another multi-vehicle crash happened near county Highway K as traffic moved around the earlier crash scene. Troopers say a semi traveling at highway speeds created a chain-reaction crash involving eight vehicles, including another semi, a dump truck and passenger vehicles.
ELECTION 2020-PROTESTS BATTLEGROUND
Protests in Trump country test his hold in rural white areas
Hundreds of protests over black injustice have cropped up in small cities in rural areas across the upper Midwest and Rust Belt, many with their own lingering current of white supremacy and racial unrest. Across Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, more than 200 such demonstrations have taken place, many in counties President Donald Trump carried resoundingly in 2016. The movement presents a test of the president’s ability to reassemble in whole this older, white voting bloc. If he’s outnumbered by even marginally reignited opposition, his hold on the White House could face a serious challenge.
Court rules phone charging kiosks are illegal gambling
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that cellphone-charging kiosks that allow users to win or lose money by playing a video game are illegal gambling machines. The court on Friday upheld rulings from Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the state appeals court that also determined the kiosks, known as “Pow’r Up” machines, to be illegal. Quick Charge Kiosk operates the kiosks in convenience stores and gas stations throughout the state. The kiosk gives the customer credits to play a video game while their phone is charging. The court says even though users can play for free, the kiosks are still illegal.
Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.