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Wisconsin Army post visit reveals grateful, bored Afghans

FORT MCCOY, Wis. (AP) – Reporters get a glimpse of life at a Wisconsin army post for newly arrived Afghan refugees. During a tightly controlled tour of Fort McCoy on Thursday hosted by the U.S. Army and the State Department, reporters saw the newcomers playing football and basketball with soldiers and bringing supplies to the barracks where they are housed while waiting for their new lives in America to really begin. The fort is one of eight military installations in the country temporarily housing Afghans who were forced to flee their homeland in August. Almost 13,000 were sent to Fort McCoy.


Wisconsin health officials push Pfizer COVID-19 boosters

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Every county in Wisconsin has a high rate of COVID-19 infections and intensive care units in hospitals statewide are at or near full capacity, although cases have steadily declined in the past nine days. Dr Ryan Westergaard, Chief Medical Officer. said Thursday that while the drop in cases is encouraging, it’s too early to say Wisconsin has seen the worst of the latest wave caused by the highly contagious delta variant. State health authorities recommend a booster dose of Pfizer at least six months after eligible people receive their second dose. They include people aged 65 or older, living in long-term care facilities, or who are between 50 and 64 years of age and have certain underlying medical conditions.


Group of political cards created by Evers unveils ideas of limits

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – New political maps developed by a redistribution commission established by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers would improve the outlook for Democrats in Wisconsin, although Republicans would likely maintain their legislative majority. The People’s Maps Commission on Thursday unveiled three versions of each of the new Assembly, Senate and Congress maps for lawmakers and judges for the 10-year redistribution work. The Republican-controlled legislature has approved guidelines requiring new maps to adhere as closely as possible to those drawn ten years ago. Evers said he was unlikely to sign any cards based on those in place now. Republican leaders criticized the commission.


Weston couple charged with death of 5-year-old girl

WESTON, Wisconsin (AP) – A Weston couple are charged with the death of their 5-year-old daughter. Sumitra Stolp, 36, the mother of the child, is charged with first degree reckless homicide and four other counts. Her husband, Johnathan Stolp, 40, is charged with child neglect and two other counts. The investigation into the child’s death began on August 15 after she was brought to an area hospital with a fractured skull and cerebral hemorrhage, as well as the presence of alcohol and high levels of Tylenol in his system. A medical expert said the child suffered trauma to both sides of the head and the injury did not appear to be accidental.


Senator Ron Johnson paid little income tax in 2017

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Republican Senator Ron Johnson paid little state income tax in 2017 compared to other years, despite having reported income of at least $ 450,000. Johnson, who has yet to say whether he would run for a third term next year, is a prime target for Democrats, who have 11 declared candidates for the run in the presidential battlefield state of Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that Johnson paid $ 2,105 in state income taxes in 2017. This stood out for Johnson, who on average paid more in state income taxes. State over the past 10 years than any of the major Democrats seeking their seat in Washington.


Glarus Brewing’s new CEO files libel claim

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – The CEO of New Glarus Brewing Co. has filed a defamation lawsuit against the law firm representing three shareholders who have gone to court and accused it of cutting them off from the beer maker’s profits popular craft. Deb Carey’s lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court also includes 50 unnamed people, including media, who she says helped promulgate false statements about her. Carey alleges that she was vilified by Middleton Palmersheim’s law firm Dettmann when it issued a press release that included “false implications” about her, including accusations that she withheld and manipulated financial data on the brewery.


Hundreds of people gather to mourn officer who died from COVID-19

FOND DU LAC, Wisconsin (AP) – Hundreds of people gathered at a church in Fond du Lac to pay their respects to a police officer who died of complications from coronavirus. Joseph Kurer, 26, died on September 22, just a day after his wife gave birth to their second child. At the Holy Family Catholic Church, Kurer was remembered on Wednesday as a servant and champion of justice. Kurer also served in the Wisconsin National Guard and because of this he received full military honors. A pair of Black Hawk helicopters flew over crowds of mourners outside the church after the funeral.


Senate candidate Lewis pleads not guilty to theft

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Democratic candidate for the US Senate and Milwaukee Ald. Chantia Lewis pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor of theft by charge of fraud. It’s one of five charges she faces for allegedly taking over $ 20,000 in campaign funds and bogus travel reimbursements from the city. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for October 18. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the remaining four counts are felonies and will be addressed during the hearing. Lewis is one of 11 Democratic candidates in the Senate race for the seat currently held by Republican U.S. Senator Ron Johnson. He has yet to say whether he will run for a third term.

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