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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans are set to begin their push to build veto-proof majorities in the Legislature in Wisconsin’s primaries, the state’s second statewide election since the coronavirus pandemic seized the country. The GOP is looking to flip six legislative seats in November and win a veto-proof two-thirds majority in each house. Tuesday’s elections will winnow those candidates and set the stage for the fall. The ballot also features Republican congressional primaries in southeastern Wisconsin’s 5th District and western Wisconsin’s 3rd District. Voters had requested more than 900,000 absentee ballots heading into Tuesday as they looked to avoid catching the virus at the polls.

 

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A rare wind storm with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving tens of thousands of homes without power. The storm known as a derecho lasted several hours as it tore across eastern Nebraska, Iowa and parts of Wisconsin and Illinois. A scientist at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center says the storm had the wind speed of a major hurricane, and likely caused more widespread damage than a normal tornado. Officials in the Iowa cities of Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Marshalltown say the damage is extensive.

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Democratic leaders are hopeful that President Donald Trump’s executive order requiring states to pay for a quarter of expanded unemployment benefits won’t stand and that Congress will reach a deal on a broader relief package to help cash-strapped schools, governments and others. Democrats said Monday that keeping the unemployment order in place could be another big hit to a state budget that’s already been subject to more than $300 million in cuts with more expected. Republicans were mostly silent on Trump’s action or withholding judgement. Trump announced an executive order Saturday that extends additional unemployment payments of $400 a week, with states contributing $100 of that.

 

WINTER, Wisconsin (AP) — Searchers are looking for a missing 3-year-old girl in northern Wisconsin. The Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office says Abby Ladwig was last seen in the Winter area. She followed the family dog into the woods around 6:45 p.m. Sunday. Police believe the dog has been located, but the search continues for Abby. WDIO-TV reports authorities are asking the public to check their properties and outbuildings for any sign of the girl.

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