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Wisconsin Assembly Republicans have failed in an attempt to override Gov. Tony Evers’ veto of a bill ending $300 a week in federal unemployment aid.

Republicans fell five votes short of the two-thirds majority needed Tuesday to override, with no Democrats joining them in the effort to override.

Republicans argued that the federal payment, on top of Wisconsin’s weekly $370 unemployment benefit, was motivating people to not search for jobs, worsening the state’s worker shortage problem.

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Strong storms moving through northern Wisconsin have left thousands of residents without power.

According to the Wisconsin Public Service power outage map, the areas hit the hardest include Vilas, Oneida, Lincoln and Langlade counties.

Crews were working to restore service to more than 28,000 customers Tuesday morning. About 12,000 customers were without power in Vilas County and more than 8,300 are without service in Oneida County.

In a Facebook Post, the Langlade County Sheriff’s Office said there are power lines and trees down across the county.

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A new report finds that children held at Wisconsin's youth prison are growing more frustrated and staff seem defeated.

The state Department of Corrections released the latest report Monday from a court-appointed monitor assigned to periodically check conditions at the youth prison outside

Irma. According to the report, monitor Teresa Abreau visited the facility on June 24. Children complained that the staff uses excessive force, confines them to their rooms and makes racial comments.

They also complained about too much downtime and not being allowed outside.

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Gov. Tony Evers is calling the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session to increase funding for public schools and higher education on the same day the Assembly plans to vote on a veto override.

The override of a bill ending a $300 weekly unemployment payment was almost certain to fail because there aren’t enough Republicans to vote for them without Democrats crossing sides.

Likewise, Evers’ special session call is also likely to be ignored, which Republicans have done repeatedly when he’s made similar calls to pass his priorities.

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More groups are calling on Wisconsin’s attorney general to remove the head of the state’s Natural Resources Board before its August meeting.

Fred Prehn, whose six-year term expired on May 1, has refused to vacate his position, citing a state law that allows him to continue to serve until the state Senate confirms his replacement.

Republicans control the Senate and have yet to schedule a confirmation hearing.

Kaul received two letters from a total of eight group last week complaining that Prehn's presence on the board is hurting public trust.

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Enbridge Energy says an anchor will be recovered from the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac after it became detached from a cable during maintenance of an oil pipeline.

The incident involved an Enbridge contractor. Enbridge says there was no risk to Line 5.

The pipeline crosses the bottom of the straits connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan.

Enbridge wants to build a tunnel in the water to house the pipeline.

It has a permit from the state but needs approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Workers have discovered three bodies at the entrance to a quarry in far western Wisconsin, and authorities say they're investigating the deaths as a triple homicide. La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf called the deaths a “targeted act” but declined to say how the three died. Wolf says two workers discovered the bodies shortly before 5 a.m. Friday at the Milestone Quarry near West Salem. He says authorities are working to identify the victims and autopsies will be conducted. No one is in custody and there are no suspects.

Nearly three dozen athletes with ties to Wisconsin will be going for the gold as the Olympics get underway in Tokyo. The Badger State athletes will represent Team USA in competition that includes trap shooting, track and field, rowing and sailing. Alie Rusher, from West Bend, will be participating in the quadruple sculls rowing event. She says the coronavirus pandemic gave her an extra year to train, allowing her to work with Olympian rowers past and present. COVID-19 concerns meant the games were postponed from last year.

Enbridge Energy says an anchor will be recovered from the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac after it became detached from a cable during maintenance of an oil pipeline. The incident involved an Enbridge contractor. Enbridge says there was no risk to Line 5. The pipeline crosses the bottom of the straits connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Enbridge wants to build a tunnel in the water to house the pipeline. It has a permit from the state but needs approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Critics want the pipeline shut down, saying the lakes are at risk.

  Wisconsin Democrats are demanding Republican lawmakers confirm Gov. Tony Evers' choice to replace the GOP-appointed head of the Department of Natural Resources board. The battle could shape how the agency approaches a host of contentious issues ranging from this fall's wolf hunt to limits on PFAS pollution. Former Gov. Scott Walker appointed board Chairman Fred Prehn in 2015, and Prehn's term ended May 1. Evers appointed Sandra Naas to replace him, but Prehn has refused to step down, citing a law that allows him to serve until the Senate confirms his replacement.

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Police say two shootings in downtown Milwaukee early Wednesday left three people wounded, as crowds celebrated the Milwaukee Bucks first NBA championship in 50 years.

The shootings both happened about 12:42 a.m. at two locations near Water Street.

TV station WISN had a reporter broadcasting from the scene when multiple shots were heard, prompting people to flee.

Police say a 22-year-old man had non-life threatening injuries from one of the shootings and a suspect was in custody.

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It had been been 50 years since the Milwaukee Bucks last won an NBA championship. Fittingly, their two-time NBA most valuable player scored 50 in last night’s clincher.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Bucks beat the Suns, 105-98 to win the series 4-2. He shot 16 for 25 from the field and made an unbelievable 17-of-19 free throws after entering the game shooting under 56% from the line in the postseason.

The Greek Freak was named the NBA Finals MVP following his remarkable performance.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes has joined the crowded Democratic field for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

The 34-year-old Barnes is vying to become the first Black U.S. senator in Wisconsin history.

He is giving up a chance to run for a second term in 2022 as Gov. Tony Evers’ running mate.

Instead, Barnes on Tuesday became the seventh Democrat to enter the race, with an eighth expected to get in soon.

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A former priest has been ordered to spend eight to 15 years in prison in connection with the sexual abuse of teens in the 1980s in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says 75-year-old Gary Jacobs was sentenced Tuesday in Dickinson County Circuit Court in Iron Mountain for second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Jacobs also was sentenced in May in Ontonagon County to eight to 15 years in prison following a guilty plea in April to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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Wisconsin’s race for attorney general is heating up, with Democratic incumbent Josh Kaul officially launching his reelection bid and a Republican challenger reporting a record-high amount of fundraising for this point in the campaign.

Kaul quietly launched his reelection bid Saturday night.

Kaul has been raising money and hiring campaign staff, so the official announcement was not a surprise.

Two Republicans, University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Ryan Owens and Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney, are also running.

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