ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
Democratic National Convention to require masks, distancing
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Everyone attending the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee next month will have to wear a face mask, be tested daily for COVID-19, fill out questionnaires and maintain a physical distance from others. Organizers of the convention released details of the coronavirus safety plan Monday, three weeks before the Aug. 17 start of the four-day event. The convention has been scaled down from original plans and now will be mostly online with only a few hundred people gathered at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Everyone must wear a mask once inside, but those giving speeches will be allowed to remove theirs.
UW System receives $2 million to bolster online learning
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System has received a $2 million gift from an anonymous donor to beef up online learning this semester. UW System Interim President Tommy Thompson announced the gift on Monday. The system plans to use the money to train faculty and support staff in online teaching, equip students with laptops, tablets and hotspots. System schools shut down in-person classes in March as the coronavirus pandemic seized the country. The system plans to reopen this fall with a mix of in-person classes and online courses. Some students have complained that the online approach was lacking in the spring.
ELECTION 2020-LEGISLATIVE COMMITEES
GOP’s legislative committees outraise Democratic rivals
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new report shows Republican legislators’ fundraising committees raised nearly twice as much money as their Democratic counterparts during the first half of the year. Government watchdog group Wisconsin Democracy Campaign released the analysis Monday. The group found that the Republican Assembly Campaign Committee and the Committee to elect a Republican Senate raised a combined $1.32 million. The Assembly Democratic Campaign Committee and the State Senate Democratic Committee raised $951,000. All four committees raised a combined $2.76 million, a new record. The committees’ fundraising accounted for about 40% of a record $7.1 million in total legislative fundraising.
CARBON MONOXIDE LEAK-WISCONSIN
Carbon monoxide leak sickens Fond du Lac warehouse workers
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) — Fire officials in Fond du Lac say a carbon monoxide leak has sickened workers at a Quality Packaging warehouse. Crews were sent around 2:30 p.m. Monday on a report of a possible carbon monoxide leak and workers feeling ill. Fire crews began to treat several workers. Alliant Energy also was at the scene and along with fire crews detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the warehouse. The building was evacuated and ventilated. Some workers refused medical attention, but eight patients were taken to hospitals in Fond du Lac and Waupun. Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says the leak apparently came from a forklift used in the warehouse.
DNR monitoring contaminated water spill in Marinette
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is monitoring what the agency is calling an accidental release of contaminated river and groundwater at a Marinette plant that manufactures fire suppression systems. The department announced Monday that it was notified late Sunday evening of the release at the JCI/Tyco facility. The DNR said company officials reported a mixture of river water and contaminated groundwater entered storm sewer drains that flow back to the Menominee River. Groundwater at the facility is contaminated with PFAS and arsenic from prior discharges. Company officials say clean-up efforts are ongoing.
DNR: Menomonee Valley clean-up project complete
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin environmental officials say the city of Milwaukee has finished a 30-year project to clean up and restore a 110-acre brownfield near Miller Park. The Department of Natural Resources announced Monday that the agency issued a case closure letter to the city on May 1. The letter means that cleanup work within the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center is over and the city has restored the site to the extent practicable. For more than 125 years the property served as a manufacturing site before it was abandoned.
Madison police investigating weekend homicide
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police are investigating a weekend shooting that left one man dead and another injured. Authorities say the two men were found with gunshot wounds on the city’s southwest side Saturday about 9:30 p.m. Both were taken to University Hospital, where one of the men later died. There’s no word on the condition of the other man. The death is the seventh homicide in Madison this year and the second this month. There were four homicides in the city in 2019. The Madison Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit is investigating the shooting.
FOREIGN FIGHTERS-DEADLY AMBUSH
Prosecutors to consider death penalty in soldiers’ case
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have suggested that they will seek the death penalty against one of two men accused of the shooting deaths of a Florida couple so they could finance their trip to Venezuela to fight the socialist government. Attorneys for both sides held a video hearing on Monday for defendant Alex Zwiefelhofer, who along with fellow Army veteran Craig Lang are accused of arranging the deadly robbery of Serafin and Deana Lorenzo to finance the Venezuela trip. U.S. Attorney Josephine W. Thomas suggested a discussion with defense attorneys to determine how they would proceed with the case. Defense attorney D. Todd Doss said he didn’t feel prepared for such a discussion.
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