MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Madison won’t require freshmen applying for entrance this fall to submit ACT or SAT scores amid the coronavirus outbreak. The school announced the new policy on Wednesday, saying it had won a waiver from UW System admissions policies. The school plans to go before the Board of Regents next month to seek a longer-term waiver. The College Board, which administers the SAT, said in June that millions of students were unable to take the test this spring due to the pandemic. UW-Madison officials say they’ve always taken a holistic approach to admissions in any case. Applicants who were able to take the tests can submit their scores if they choose.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin isn’t saying what her chances are to be picked as presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden’s running mate. She’s also not saying whether she shares concerns raised by other Democrats about her Republican colleague, Sen. Ron Johnson, possibly assisting a Russian disinformation campaign through his work leading a Republican probe looking into Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. The Democrat Baldwin said Wednesday that Milwaukee should be considered for a future Democratic National Convention given that the one starting in less than three weeks is just a shadow of what was originally intended. Baldwin took questions from a panel of journalists at an online event organized by the Milwaukee Press Club and WisPolitics.com.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two Madison women accused of beating a Wisconsin state senator during a protest over police racism with battery. Online court records show charges were filed Wednesday against 33-year-old Kerida O’Reilly and 26-year-old Samantha Hamer. Each is charged with one felony count of being a party to substantial battery. Investigators believe the women attacked Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter during a protest outside the state Capitol on June 23. Both were scheduled to make initial appearances in Dane County Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Milwaukee, Cleveland and Detroit are working to dispel concerns that federal agents headed to their cities will work to solve violent crimes and not break up protests. Matthew Krueger, the U.S. attorney in Milwaukee, said during a news conference Wednesday that the agents will work side-by-side with local and state task forces as part of Operation Legend, a national initiative launched in December to combat violent crime. He insisted the agents will be trained investigators and not “beat cops.” Questions have swirled about the agents’ mission since President Donald Trump sent federal agents to Portland, Oregon, to protect federal property in the city. Critics say the agents have overstepped their mandate and abused their power.
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