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Alliant Energy announces solar projects in six Wisconsin counties

Staff Report MADISON, Wis. - Alliant Energy on Monday announced plans to acquire and advance 675 megawatts of solar in mostly rural areas in six Wisconsin counties. Projects in Grant, Jefferson, Richland, Rock, Sheboygan and Wood counties are part of the the company's Clean Energy Blueprint, a strategic roadmap to cost-effectively accelerate renewable energy while reducing carbon emissions. Once operational, the energy from the projects will be enough to power 175,000 homes per year –…

Biden says he was too ‘cavalier’ with black voters comment

By Bill Barrow and Kat Stafford Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Joe Biden says he "should not have been so cavalier" after he told a prominent black radio host that African Americans who back President Donald Trump "ain't black." The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee quickly moved to address the fallout from his Friday remark, which was interpreted by some as presuming black Americans would vote for him. In a call with the U.S. Black Chamber of Commerce that was added to his…

Trump calls on governors to allow churches to reopen, some faith leaders balk

By Jill Colvin and Zeke Miller Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as "essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown. The president threatened to "override" governors who defy him, but it was unclear what authority he has to do so. "Governors need to do the right thing and allow these very important essential places of…

‘New normal’ abnormal as countries reopen, live with coronavirus

By Chris Blake and Michelle R. Smith Associated Press BANGKOK (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of high school seniors in South Korea had their temperature checked and rubbed their hands with sanitizer as they returned to school Wednesday, many for the first time since late last year after their new term was repeatedly pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic. Students and teachers were required wear masks and some schools installed plastic partitions around desks. In a reminder that the…

Company tests UV light treatment Trump was mocked for suggesting

By Jim Hagerty Reporter ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -  A pharmaceutical company is testing a coronavirus treatment that involves bringing ultraviolet light into the body. "Healight" was announced by Aytu BioScience April 20, four days before President Donald Trump inquired whether ultraviolet light could be used inside the body and was mocked for it. The treatment involves the use of a catheter in the trachea. Aytu BioScience has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Cedars-Sinai Medical…

GOP: ‘Bloated’ $3T coronavirus package will be DOA in Senate

By Andrew Taylor and Alan Fram Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats have powered a massive $3 trillion coronavirus relief bill through the House, an election-year measure designed to brace a U.S. economy in free fall and a health care system struggling to contain a pandemic still pummeling the country.  Friday's 208-199 vote, with all but one Republican opposed, advances what boils down to a campaign-season display of Democratic economic and health-care priorities. It has no…

Trump: Trials show coronavirus vaccine on track for end of 2020

Staff Report THE WHITE HOUSE - President Donald Trump said Friday that he’s hopeful to have a coronavirus vaccine on the market by the end of the year or shortly thereafter. Moncep Slaoui, a former pharmaceutical executive who Trump has tapped to serve as the administration’s virus czar, said that early trial data suggests that “a few hundred million doses of vaccine” will be delivered by late 2020. Trump, speaking at a Rose Garden event, reiterated that he wants to see states move…

Lindsey Graham vows to find out how Russia probe ‘got so off the rails’ but won’t call Obama to testify

By Matthew Daly Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham said Thursday his committee is opening a wide-ranging inquiry into the Russia investigation, but rejected President Donald Trump's call to bring in former President Barack Obama to testify. "I am greatly concerned about the precedent that would be set by calling a former president for oversight,'' said Graham, a South Carolina Republican and staunch Trump ally. "No president is above the…

Wisconsin Supreme Court blocks governor’s ‘Safer at Home’ extension

By Jim Hagerty Reporter MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Wednesday, blocked Gov. Tony Evers' "Safer at Home" order and ruled that any extension must be approved by the state legislature. The ruling was 4-3. The court ordered the initial order to remain in place for six more days. That means the Department of Health Services has less than a week to rewrite a new plan to reopen the state and send it to the capitol. Evers first issued the Safer at Home order in March and…

Pelosi, Democrats tee up $3T state, essential workers stimulus package

By Lisa Macsaro and Andrew Taylor Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveiled a more than $3 trillion coronavirus aid package Tuesday, providing nearly $1 trillion for states and cities, "hazard pay" for essential workers and a new round of cash payments to individuals. The House is expected to vote on the package as soon as Friday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said there is no "urgency." The Senate will wait until after Memorial Day to act.…

Mnuchin: Jobless numbers likely to worsen as shutdowns linger

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON, D.C. - Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the jobless numbers in the United States “are probably going to get worse before they get better,” but the bigger risk to the country is keeping businesses' closed rather than states allowing some to reopen. Mnuchin spoke as most states begin to loosen their restrictions on businesses after extended shutdowns designed to slow the spread of the new coronavirus. He says that if re-openings are not allowed it…

Members of White House Virus Task Force in precautionary quarantine

By Kevin Freking Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Three members of the White House coronavirus task force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, placed themselves in quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, another stark reminder that not even one of the nation's most secure buildings is immune from the virus. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a leading member of the task force, has become nationally known for his…

National Guard locks down New Mexico city

By Morgan Lee Associated Press GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — Like clockwork, payday arrives and tens of thousands of people from the Navajo reservation and other rural stretches along the New Mexico-Arizona border flood into Gallup, a freewheeling desert oasis of just 22,000 that can quickly quadruple in size with all the visitors. Not now. As the modern-day trading post reels under a coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 1,400 and killed 31 in the city and surrounding rural county —…

Neiman Marcus files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

By Anne D'Innocenzio AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Neiman Marcus has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the first department store chain and second major retailer to be toppled by the coronavirus pandemic.  The move by the 112-year-old storied luxury department store chain was announced Thursday and follows the bankruptcy filing by J.Crew on Monday. Experts believe there will be more to come even as businesses start to reopen in parts of the country like Texas and Florida.…

White House shelves CDC guide to restart economy

By Jason Dearen and Mike Strobbe Associated Press GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Trump administration has shelved a document created by the nation's top disease investigators with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when to reopen restaurants and other public places during the still-raging coronavirus outbreak.  The 17-page report by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team, titled "Guidance for Implementing the Opening Up America Again Framework," was researched…