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Dramatic Details You May Have Missed In Monday's Jan. 6 Hearing
Monday's hearing used firsthand accounts from Trump's inner circle -- including his daughter, son-in-law, former campaign manager and former attorney general -- to focus on how he pushed the "big lie" of a stolen 2020 race to millions of supporters even though almost all of his advisers -- except, most notably, Rudy Giuliani -- told him that he had lost to Joe Biden.Read More
Why There’s No Relief In Sight For Soaring Oil And Gas Prices
U.S. gasoline prices have hit $5 per gallon for the first time ever, and Moody’s Analytics thinks they could hit $5.50 within a couple of weeks. There’s no mystery why. A confluence of forces, led by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, has crimped oil supply and bumped up demand.
There’s more that could go wrong, adding a “fear premium” to prices on top of the hike caused by market dynamics. It won’t last forever, but for now there’s no sign that new supply, reduced demand or an outbreak of stability will bring relief.
Four things are going wrong simultaneously for fossil-fuel purchasers.Read More
10 Republicans Backing Senate Gun Safety Proposal Face Stiff Test
The GOP coalition of 10 senators supporting a framework proposal to respond to the mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, is set to come under intense pressure in the next several weeks as it seeks to prevent even a single defection that could scuttle the long-sought deal.
The bipartisan framework, which calls for providing money to states to set up red flag laws and expanding funding for mental health services, has just enough Republican support to overcome a filibuster, as every single member of the Senate Democratic Conference supports it.Read More
14 Percent Of World Population May Have Had Lyme Disease, Research Finds
More than 14 percent of the world’s population may have had Lyme disease, an analysis released on Monday revealed.
The research, published in BMJ Global Health, is the result of an examination of nearly 90 studies. It offers an unprecedentedly robust picture of how common the tick-borne illness may be.
"As far as I’m aware, this is the first global seroprevalence work that’s been done," said Dr. Peter Krause, a senior research scientist at the Yale School of Public Health who was not involved in the new study. Seroprevalence refers to the measurement of antibodies in blood.Read More
Sweeping Reporting Failures May Compromise The FBI’s 2021 Crime Data
Nearly 40% of law enforcement agencies nationwide, including the New York City Police Department and Los Angeles Police Department, failed to report their 2021 crime data to the FBI, according to data provided to Axios Local from a partnership with The Marshall Project.
That will result in a data gap that experts say makes it harder to analyze crime trends and fact check claims politicians make about crime, reports The Marshall Project's Weihua Li.Read More
Wisconsin Republicans Allow PFAS Standards To Take Effect
Wisconsin Republicans will allow regulations Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' administration developed to control pollution from a group of chemicals known as PFAS to take effect, a spokesman for the lawmaker who controls the Legislature's rules committee said Monday.Read More
WI Republicans Largely Non-Committal, Quiet On Bipartisan Gun Package
Most of the Wisconsin Republicans running in two of the county's most closely-watched campaigns declined to a take a stance Monday on a bipartisan package of gun laws in the U.S. Senate.
The proposal, floated Sunday, has the support of 10 Republican and 10 Democratic senators. Alexa Henning, spokeswoman for Sen. Ron Johnson, said Johnson wanted to see a bill drafted first before commenting on the proposal.Read More
Middleton Man Sentenced To 40 Months For Illegal Gun Possession
Ramar A. Brown, 26, Middleton, Wisconsin was sentenced on Friday, June 10 by U.S. District Judge William M. Conley to 40 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. This prison term will be followed by 36 months of supervised release. Brown pleaded guilty to this charge on March 7, 2022.
On October 12, 2021, Fitchburg Police Department (FPD) officers planned to arrest Ramar Brown who was the subject of unrelated state investigations and was observed operating a stolen vehicle. When officers approached and identified themselves to Brown, he fled.
He was eventually apprehended by FPD officers. During his flight, Brown threw a bag to the ground. Officers searched the bag and found a Glock 9mm handgun loaded with a 28-round extended magazine. Brown’s DNA was later found on the Glock handgun.Read More
Federal Audit Shows DWD Paid Out Fewer Pandemic Unemployment Benefits To Minority Wisconsinites
A new federal report shows that minority Wisconsinites were half as likely to successfully receive pandemic unemployment benefits as their white counterparts.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that a US Government Accountability Office audit showed that Black, Hispanic, and Native Wisconsinites were around half as likely to be getting their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance payments in 2020 and 2021.Read More
Toby Keith Performance At Wisconsin State Fair Canceled Amid Cancer Diagnosis
The Wisconsin State Fair announced Monday that Toby Keith will not be performing at the event after recent news of his cancer diagnosis.
The country singer revealed Sunday in a tweet that he was diagnosed with stomach cancer last fall, and had been privately receiving treatment for the past six months. He stated that during his recovery, he would be looking to focus on his health and family, leading to several cancellations of upcoming concerts - including the Wisconsin State Fair.Read More