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MADISON, Wis. _ The Wisconsin Elections Commission will consider spending up to $810,000 to upgrade local clerks’ computer security and launch an outreach program to dispel myths about election security. The commission’s staff has warned the panel that scores of clerks use outdated computer systems or aren’t installing security patches, leaving Wisconsin’s election system vulnerable to potentially devastating cyberattacks. By Todd Richmond. SENT: 130 words. Developing.
ELECTION SECURITY-THE LATEST
MADISON, Wis. _ Wisconsin Republicans who continue to largely dismiss Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ call to pass gun safety legislation introduced a series of bills Tuesday to bolster mental health services in the state, a move they said was not in response to recent mass shootings. Evers has called for the Republican-controlled Legislature to pass universal background checks and a “red flag” law that would establish a process to take guns away from people determined to be a threat to themselves or others. By Scott Bauer. SENT: 420 words. AP Photos planned.
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ENDANGERED SPECIES-WING AND A PRAYER
GREENBELT, Maryland _ Despite efforts by volunteers and organizations across the United States to nurture the monarch, the beloved butterfly is in trouble. The Trump administration’s new order weakening the Endangered Species Act could well make things worse for the monarch, one of more than 1 million species that are struggling around the globe. Some animals _ like a shy mountain caribou species that went extinct from the wild in the lower 48 states last winter, despite protection under the Endangered Species Act _ struggle and disappear out of sight. Monarchs can serve as reminders of the others, says Karen Oberhauser, director of the University of Wisconsin Arboretum, and a conservation biologist who has studied monarchs since 1984, before a boom in soybeans, corn and herbicide wiped out milkweed in pastures converted to row crops. By Ellen Knickmeyer. SENT: 1,275 words, photos, video, graphic.
EXCHANGE-UPPER PENINSULA MINE
DETROIT _ Over and over, Michigan environmental regulators sounded alarms as they reviewed a proposed large, open-pit ore mine in the Upper Peninsula near the Menominee River, prized for walleye fishing and a major tributary to Lake Michigan. The mine would send acidic mining wastes into the river and surrounding waterways, which would then spill into the Great Lake, staff said. More acres of wetlands would be harmed than the mining company was projecting, evaluators found. An AP Member Exchange. By Keith Matheny, Detroit Free Press. SENT: 2,410 words, photos.
WISCONSIN GOVERNOR-BUSINESS, CHILDREN-HOT CAR, VAPING-LUNG DAMAGE, GREAT LAKES-TOXIC SITES, BEATING DEATH-SENTENCE
MILWAUKEE _ The Minnesota Twins and the Milwaukee Brewers play the first of two interleague games at Miller Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. 7:10 p.m. CT start.
GREEN BAY, Wis. _ Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers take the field for their final practice before heading to Baltimore to face the Ravens in their second preseason test. By Keith Jenkins. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.
MADISON, Wis. _ Wisconsin won eight games a season ago, its fewest since 2012 and fewest under coach Paul Chryst. “You hope it’s a blip, right? And yet, that’s the beauty of this season,” said Chryst, who is in his fifth year at the helm of the Badgers’ program. “You’ve got to go out and play it and you’ve got to earn it.” By Keith Jenkins. SENT: 825 words, photos.
BIG TEN PREVIEW
The power structure in the Big Ten could be in for a shakeup. Jim Harbaugh enters his fifth year at Michigan overdue for a breakthrough, and momentum Nebraska built the second half of last season is expected to carry over heading into Scott Frost’s second year. By College Football Writer Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos.
US OPEN-COCO GAUFF
Coco Gauff will get a chance to try for an encore: The 15-year-old from Florida received a wild-card entry Tuesday for the U.S. Open’s main draw.It will be Gauff’s second Grand Slam tournament. She made a magical run to the fourth round at Wimbledon last month after getting a wild card into the qualifying rounds there. Ranked just 313th at the time, Gauff became the youngest player to qualify for Wimbledon, upset five-time champion Venus Williams in the first round. Nine wild cards for women’s qualifying were also awarded, including to five-time Grand Slam doubles champion Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 14-year-old Reese Brantmeier of Wisconsin, Vicky Duval, Shelby Rogers and Pan Am Games medalist Caroline Dolehide. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 665 words, photos.
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