EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Voters don’t have to leave their vehicles to vote in the primary election in Eau Claire. City officials have set up drive-thru service for absentee voters in the parking lot behind City Hall in order to reduce contact during the coronavirus pandemic. Voting started Tuesday and will run weekdays through Aug. 7. Wisconsin’s partisan primary is Aug. 11. City officials say people do not need to arrive in a vehicle to vote in the parking lot, they can also walk up and cast their ballot.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of Wisconsin Democrats are asking a federal prosecutor to clarify the role federal agents will play in Milwaukee in coming weeks. Gov. Tony Evers, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County Executive David Crowley sent U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger a letter Tuesday asking a host of questions about the agents’ job, including whether they work crowd control and who will command them. Krueger said last week the agents are coming to Milwaukee to help local investigators solve violent crimes as part of a national initiative known as Operation Legend.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted a Milwaukee man on arson charges stemming from a home that was set on fire during unrest last month. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin says 32-year-old Joshua Lusk was indicted Tuesday on charges of arson and attempted arson, injuring a Milwaukee firefighter. U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger says Lusk “engaged in senseless violence, attempting to destroy the home of innocent people.” A crowd gathered at the home in June, believing two missing girls were at the house and investigating whether the house was used for sex trafficking. But police said the girls were never at the house, and there was no evidence human trafficking occurred at the house.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources has again canceled the sharp-tailed grouse season to protect the population. The DNR made the announcement Tuesday. The department said modeling conducted in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows low survival probabilities for sharp-tailed grouse over the next 50 years. The agency canceled the 2019 hunt as well. Sharp-tailed grouse populations have been dwindling across the country since the 1900s. The bird was once found throughout Wisconsin but it has retreated to the northern reaches of the state as southern forests and grasslands were cleared for farming.
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