WI: Trump to send federal agents to Wisconsin city in anti-violent-crime effort; Move opposed by some state, local officials
Wisconsin will see a surge in federal resources to address violent crime in coming weeks, President Donald Trump announced. The influx of federal officers will coincide with Milwaukee hosting a scaled-back, mostly virtual Democratic National Convention and ongoing protests against police brutality and racism.
It was a stunning announcement just six weeks after President Donald Trump chose Florida because of a rift with North Carolina’s governor over a packed convention planned for Charlotte. The president said the convention will do a “relatively quick” event in North Carolina Aug. 24.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, announced tighter restrictions on bars, restaurants, fitness centers, weddings and funerals as new confirmed cases of the new coronavirus rise. The announcements are the most sweeping rollback so far to the governor’s original four-phase reopening plan.
With seven new Utah coronavirus deaths reported Thursday and the highest number of patients concurrently hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic, the effects of the spread of the virus continue to be felt even as new cases remain slightly lower than last week.
Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said the Colorado state lab is adding a third shift to process tests, and health officials are now partnering with private labs and hospital systems. The state also found a Korean manufacturer to provide novel coronavirus testing materials.
Arizona topped 3,000 deaths from the coronavirus Thursday as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey faces a deadline to decide whether bars and gyms he ordered to close again a month ago can reopen safely.
A group that advocates for limited governmental powers has filed a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Kate Brown’s authority to require Oregonians to wear face coverings in public. The Freedom Foundation argues that Brown and the Oregon Health Authority didn’t follow legal procedures in mandating masks.
Gov. Brad Little, a Republican, announced that Idaho would remain in Stage 4 of the state’s reopening plan, and he opted not to implement further restrictions or open the economy more as COVID-19 cases rise. Little repeatedly pleaded to Idahoans to wear masks and face coverings, asking everyone to work to prevent the spread of the virus.
Fifty-five new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed by Hawaii health officials, along with another COVID-19-related fatality. It is the highest number of COVID-19 infections verified by state officials in one day to date.
More than 150 educators joined a Utah rally to call for more safeguards for schools when they reopen this fall. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert’s directive to public K-12 schools to welcome students back starting next month has touched off a massive debate across the state.
As the coronavirus surges through California, which now has the highest number of cases in the country, state Sen. Steve Glazer, a Democrat, said it’s time for most counties in the Golden State to return to a strict stay-at-home order. “It’s clear that we have lost control of the coronavirus fight,” Glazer said during a Zoom news conference.
Thousands of Texas prisoners approved for parole remain locked up during the public health crisis. The coronavirus has delayed pre-release programs and kept people set to go home inside infected prisons.
Thousands of furloughed casino workers in Michigan are poised to lose their employer-sponsored health insurance as Detroit casinos remain closed. Some of the 24 tribal casinos in Michigan have reopened, but the state hasn't given the green light for the Detroit casinos, which employ about 6,000 people.
New Mexico will delay in-person learning at public schools through at least Sept. 7 as cases hit a new daily high. Online learning will still begin in August but hopes of a hybrid model for the start of the new school year have been squashed for now.
The federal Bureau of Land Management has approved the proposed route for the Ambler Road Project in Alaska. The road would span 211 miles from the Dalton Highway and cross Gates of the Arctic National Park to get to the Ambler Mining District in Northwest Alaska.
Delaware has not had 100% participation when it comes to COVID-19 patients following up and responding to regular monitoring checks, and some have not responded to initial contacts, the Division of Public Health said.
Evidence shows that Alabama state prisons do not protect male inmates from excessive use of force by correctional officers, likely violating the prisoners’ constitutional rights, the U.S. Department of Justice said.
The start of the 2020-21 school year is rapidly approaching, and school systems across Alabama are making difficult decisions about how to proceed as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
A Fulton County Superior Court judge ordered Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, into mediation over their legal dispute about how to best respond to the coronavirus pandemic.
The highest-ranking Republican on a U.S. House committee is demanding explanations for problems with Fulton County’s elections during Georgia’s primary last month.
Louisiana now has more than 100,000 diagnosed cases of coronavirus. It's the 12th state to hit that milestone.
Three days after expanding his countywide mask mandates, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signaled new restrictions coming as COVID-19 continues to spread at a growing rate in Mississippi.
As Republican Gov. Tate Reeves talked on Facebook Live, with COVID-19 cases deluging Mississippi, the comments rolled in one after another. Many of them were from commenters who are terrified or angry over the thought of sending children back to school.
The Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia, will continue to stand on the famous street after a judge declined to issue an immediate ruling in a legal challenge to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's planned removal of the statue. Judge W. Reilly Marchant chose not to rule from the bench in the closely watched case, saying he instead will issue a written opinion later.
Some hailed the policing legislation for significantly changing law enforcement in Minnesota. But when it comes to the question of residency incentives, lawmakers may not have changed anything at all.
An APM Reports analysis of voter data from Wisconsin’s April primary shows that slightly more than 23,000 ballots were thrown out, mostly because those voters or their witnesses missed at least one line on a form.
Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, a Republican, reiterated this week that Nevada would conduct the November election in person. But don't expect all Nevadans to flock to polling places to cast ballots Nov. 3 or in the early voting period.
Indiana’s outgoing attorney general is at odds with Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb over whether the governor can issue an executive order mandating Hoosiers wear masks. The attorney general, also a Republican, issued an advisory opinion saying Holcomb should have called a special session to ask the legislature to pass a law requiring masks.
Two voters’ rights groups in Rhode Island filed a federal lawsuit challenging the state’s vote-by-mail witness and notary requirements, saying the rule unnecessarily puts people’s health at risk during the pandemic.
With students, faculty and staff preparing to return to North Carolina universities over the next few weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic worsens, University of North Carolina System officials said they will not be lowering or refunding tuition and fees, even if campuses shut down and classes move online.
Two Kansas State University graduates have filed a class action lawsuit against the school, claiming they did not get the education they paid for when the campus shut down and classes went online because of COVID-19.
As many as 713,255 Ohio renters could be in danger of eviction this year.
Pennsylvania is offering driver’s licenses and identification cards with a gender-neutral designation for people who do not want to be identified as either male or female.