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  • Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, unemployment

    GOP legislative leaders send letter to Gov. Evers, urging him to ‘immediately correct’ unemployment issues

    MADISON — Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Thursday, May 28 they hand-delivered a letter to Governor Tony Evers, urging him to “immediately correct” issues with the state’s unemployment system amid the coronavirus pandemic, writing, “Time is short,” with Wisconsin unemployment “soaring to a historic high of over 14%.” This, a day after Wisconsin Republicans sparred with leaders in Evers’ administration during a sometimes heated legislative hearing Wednesday, faulting them for not doing enough […]

  • Top spellers prepare to crown national champion, from home

    NEW YORK — Like dozens of other veteran spellers in their final year of eligibility, Anson Cook had big plans for this year’s Scripps National Spelling Bee, which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 13-year-old eighth-grader from Potomac, Maryland, was a two-time participant in the bee, and last year he finished in a tie for 41st. His objective was to make it into the top 12 or so who participate in the prime-time, ESPN-televised finals. “My goal for 2020 […]

  • CVS Health tests self-driving vehicle prescription delivery

    LOS ANGELES — CVS Health will try delivering prescriptions with self-driving vehicles in a test that begins next month. The drugstore chain said Thursday that it will partner with the Silicon Valley robotics company Nuro on the delivery of medicines and other products to customers near a Houston-area store. A CVS spokesman said the prescriptions will routinely be delivered within an hour of being ordered. Customers will have to confirm their identity in order to unlock their delivery after the […]

  • 41 million have lost jobs since virus hit, but layoffs slow

    WASHINGTON — Roughly 2.1 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, a sign that companies are still slashing jobs in the face of a deep recession even as more businesses reopen and rehire some laid-off employees. About 41 million people have now applied for aid since the virus outbreak intensified in March, though not all of them are still unemployed. The Labor Department’s report Thursday includes a count of all the people now receiving unemployment aid: 21 million. That is […]

  • George Floyd

    Mayor: Officer who put knee on man’s neck should be charged

    MINNEAPOLIS — The mayor of Minneapolis called Wednesday for criminal charges against the white police officer seen on video kneeling against the neck of a handcuffed black man who complained that he could not breathe and died in police custody. Based on the video, Mayor Jacob Frey said officer Derek Chauvin should be charged in the death of George Floyd. The footage recorded by a bystander shows Chauvin with his knee on Floyd’s neck as Floyd gasps for breath on […]

  • Absentee ballot

    Unanimous decision: Wisconsin agrees to broad mailing of absentee applications for November election

    MADISON — The Wisconsin Elections Commission voted Wednesday, May 27 to mail absentee ballot applications to most voters in the battleground state ahead of November’s presidential election. “This is great news for Wisconsin voters because it means that the paralysis of state government and the gridlock both in Madison and Washington is not affecting good government issues,” said Mordecai Lee, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The vote came just a week after the panel split 3-3 along partisan lines on […]

  • Peter Manfredonia

    Fugitive college student wanted in 2 slayings captured in Maryland

    HARTFORD, Conn. — A fugitive college student wanted for two slayings in Connecticut has been captured in Maryland, Connecticut State Police said Wednesday night. Peter Manfredonia had been the subject of a six-day search involving several police agencies and the FBI. The 23-year-old University of Connecticut senior killed a 62-year-old man and wounded another in northeastern Connecticut on Friday before stealing guns and a truck, Connecticut State Police said. Manfredonia drove south to Derby, where he killed a high school […]

  • Miracle and Tony Crook (PHOTOS: Tulsa Police Department, Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office/Facebook)

    Tulsa police: Body found in river ‘most likely’ missing 3-year-old; boy’s body found in creek

    TULSA, Okla. — Police in Tulsa said Wednesday, May 27 that a body found in a river in eastern Oklahoma was believed to be that of a 3-year-old girl who disappeared Friday with her younger brother. In an update Wednesday evening, police said a second body was found in the water in a creek — that of a “young, young male” wearing clothing similar to that of the 2-year-old boy who disappeared Friday. Police said “all signs are pointing toward […]

  • Bridge (Getty Images)

    Police: Soldier saved ‘countless lives’ when he struck shooter with his vehicle on Kansas bridge

    LEAVENWORTH, Kan. — A soldier stationed in Kansas saved “countless lives” Wednesday when he hit a man with his car as the man was shooting randomly at people on a bridge near an Army base, a police chief said. One person was injured by the shooter, according to Leavenworth police Chief Patrick Kitchens. That person, also a soldier, was a random victim, Kitchens said. Officers initially believed they were responding to a road rage incident on the Centennial Bridge that […]

  • History in the making as House casts proxy votes in pandemic

    WASHINGTON — It’s a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers were voting by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risk of travel to Washington during the pandemic. To mark Wednesday’s history-making moment, House Republicans sued to stop the majority party from going ahead with the new system, in which absent lawmakers can instruct those present to vote on their behalf. The House, with 431 current members and four vacancies, is trying […]

  • US Congress approves China sanctions over ethnic crackdown

    WASHINGTON — Congress voted Wednesday to toughen the U.S. response to a brutal Chinese crackdown on ethnic minorities, adding another factor to the increasingly stormy relationship between the two countries. The House passed a bipartisan bill that would impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in the mass surveillance and detention of Uighurs and other ethnic groups in the western Xinjiang region, a campaign that has drawn muted international response because of China’s influence around the world. The measure already passed […]

  • US deaths from coronavirus surpass 100K mark: ‘It is a grim milestone’

    HARTFORD, Conn. — The U.S. surpassed a jarring milestone Wednesday in the coronavirus pandemic: 100,000 deaths. That number is the best estimate and most assuredly an undercount. But it represents the stark reality that more Americans have died from the virus than from the Vietnam and Korea wars combined. “It is a grim milestone,” said Josh Michaud, associate director of global health policy with the Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington. “It’s a striking reminder of how dangerous this virus can […]

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