Channel 3000: Wisconsin Department of Corrections suspends in-person visitation due to increase in COVID cases.
WPR: Judge rules absentee ballot drop boxes not allowed under Wisconsin law.
A Waukesha County Judge has ruled that absentee ballot drop boxes are not allowed under Wisconsin law, a ruling that could potentially remove an option for voting ahead of the state's midterm elections.
Ruling from the bench Thursday, Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren ordered the Wisconsin Elections Commission to rescind its guidance to clerks on how to use the drop boxes, saying the WEC had exceeded its authority when it issued the recommendations.
"In looking at the statutes, there is no specific authorization for drop boxes," Bohren said.
CNBC: U.S. Supreme Court blocks Biden Covid vaccine mandate for businesses but allows health-care worker mandate.
“Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly,” the court wrote in an unsigned opinion.
“Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, selected simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category,” the court wrote.
NOLA: Federal court sends case accusing oil companies of damage to Louisiana coastline back to state court for the third time.
Business Insider: Kentucky judge sentencing prison guard for sexual assault of a shackled woman gives him choice of jail or joining the military.
Despite the judge's request, though, enlistments are subject to military regulations that would require Price to seek a waiver for his sexual-assault conviction from military officials. The military has spent more than a decade struggling to limit sexual assault among troops and punish perpetrators.
Associated Press: Virginia Beach police used forged DNA reports in interrogations.
The bogus pieces of paper included a seal and letterhead from the state agency, the AG’s office said. In two instances, the documents included the signature of a fictitious employee from the department, and in at least one instance, a forged report was presented to a court as evidence, the AG’s office said.
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