Chuck Quirmbach

Federal Judge In Wisconsin Strikes Early-Voting Restrictions

A federal judge on Thursday struck down early-voting restrictions Wisconsin Republicans adopted in a December lame-duck legislative session, saying the limits are clearly similar to restrictions he blocked two years ago.

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A group of defendants from northern Wisconsin is suing over funding and staffing problems in the state Public Defender's Office, arguing the rights of indigent defendants in Wisconsin to competent attorneys and speedy trials have been violated.

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A Wisconsin diocese has released the names of more than 40 clergy members with substantiated allegations they sexually abused a minor.

The Green Bay Diocese posted the names of 46 clergy on its website Thursday.

Bishop David Ricken apologized at a news conference to the 98 known victims of sexual abuse by the clergy in the diocese since 1906. Ricken called for any other victims to come forward.

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Emergency Room visits have been steadily rising in the United States over the past few decades. The influx in patients has led to overcrowding at many hospitals and the implementation of a policy known as "ambulance diversion." The practice allows a hospital to temporarily close its ER to ambulances.

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In December, automotive contributors Mark Savage and Dan Harmon discussed automakers pulling out of the sedan market. Thankfully, for people who do need small, medium, and large size cars, there are still plenty of makes and models to choose from.

But what ever happened to the family car? The car that defined the American middle class for a long time: the station wagon, complete with faux-wood paneling and a rooftop luggage rack chugging along the highway.

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We have been trying to line up an in-studio session with the Driveway Thriftdwellers for the better part of 18 months.  It’s no easy task to get all the members of the band in the studio, however, because they’re spread around southern part of the state - in Madison, Milwaukee, and Racine. 

President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen acknowledged on Thursday that he schemed to rig online polls that sought to make Trump seem like a more plausible presidential candidate.

The story was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. In a tweet following the report, Cohen said he sought to help Trump's political aspirations, having been directed by the candidate.

Chuck Quirmbach

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers told a renewable energy conference Thursday that it's "absolutely important we move ahead in this area. For too long, we've been kicking the can down the road as it relates to science and innovation in this area." 

Evers spoke at a summit in Madison, organized by the group RENEW Wisconsin. Renewable energy advocates, utility executives, solar energy installers and government officials attended the conference.

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Researchers are trying to make guns safer, partly through devices that limit who can fire a weapon. The science and financing still have a ways to go before many gun owners have a so called "smart gun." But a southeastern Wisconsin activist group is optimistic enough about gun innovation that it sponsored a Firearm Safety Expo on Wednesday.

While the longest government shutdown in U.S. history continues, President Trump's approval rating is down, and there are cracks showing with his base.

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds Trump's approval rating down and his disapproval rating up from a month ago. He currently stands at 39 percent approve, 53 percent disapprove — a 7-point net change from December when his rating was 42 percent approve, 49 percent disapprove.

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The new Bucks arena is the world's first bird-friendly arena, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Bryan Lenz, bird collision campaign manager with the American Bird Conservancy, had a lot to do with Fiserv Forum's owner's decision to consider bird safety.

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