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Black Lives Matter protesters were disappointed with Wednesday’s decision by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm to not file criminal charges against Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah. Chisholm had reviewed Mensah's fatal shooting of a Black teenager, Alvin Cole, outside Mayfair Mall in February. The protests that followed Wednesday’s announcement were mostly peaceful, with some exceptions.

Chuck Quirmbach

Updated Thursday at 9 a.m. CT

A Black Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot a Black teenager outside a suburban Milwaukee mall in February won't be charged because he had reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary, a prosecutor said Wednesday.

Wauwatosa Officer Joseph Mensah shot 17-year-old Alvin Cole outside Mayfair Mall on Feb. 2 after police responded to a reported disturbance at the shopping center.

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The COVID-19 pandemic plunged the world’s economy into the biggest recession since the Great Depression. Many Americans continue to struggle as the flare-ups threaten the little progress we’ve been able to make since lockdowns began in April.

Chuck Quirmbach

Updated at 4:48 p.m. CT

A Wisconsin judge on Monday allowed the state’s mask mandate to stand, rejecting an attempt by the Republican-controlled Legislature and a conservative law firm to overturn it, even as coronavirus cases spiked and the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 hit a new high.

Michelle Maternowski / WUWM

A police officer who has shot and killed three people in a Milwaukee suburb over the last five years should be fired because the risk is too great that he'll shoot a fourth person and he violated department policy when he spoke to the media, according to an investigator's report released Wednesday.

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Some of the places to get a free COVID-19 test in Milwaukee are about to change. Locations at Custer Stadium on the north side and the UMOS parking lot on the south side will close by Oct. 17, as the Wisconsin National Guard is ending most of its coronavirus deployment in the area. 

Instead, by Oct. 19, the main testing site will a drive-thru station at Miller Park in the Miller Parking Lot — east of the stadium by the Tailgate House.

Mayor Tom Barrett says the location will be able to administer 2,000 tests per day. He says one reason for the change is winter is coming.

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READ: No Charges For Wauwatosa Officer In Killing Of Black Teen

The Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office could announce a decision Wednesday on whether to charge Wauwatosa Police Officer Joseph Mensah in the death of Alvin Cole.

Mensah shot Cole, who was 17-years-old, in February when responding to a disturbance at Mayfair Mall. Police say Cole ran and fired a weapon. His family disputes the claim.

Cole was Black; so is Mensah.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump in national public opinion polls by an average of about 9%. Could some of that gap be because some people who actually back the Republican incumbent aren't responding to pollsters?

A national pollster who does opinion surveys for the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce took on the question Tuesday, during an MMAC online forum. Kenneth Goldstein is professor of politics at the University of San Francisco and used to work at UW-Madison. Goldstein said some conservatives may be reluctant to respond these days.

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Alarming new records have already been set this month in Wisconsin when it comes to the coronavirus. As of Tuesday, Oct. 6, 136,379 people in Wisconsin have tested positive for the coronavirus, and 1,399 have died from COVID-19. The current situation has prompted Department of Health Services Secretary-designee Andrea Palm to call this a crisis.

Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are in Salt Lake City for their only debate of the 2020 campaign. The face-off comes at a time of turmoil for the current administration, with President Trump continuing treatment for the coronavirus.

Follow live updates and fact checks throughout the night.

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Updated Oct. 21 at 10:16 a.m. CT

What's the deadline to request an absentee ballot? How do you get a mail-in ballot in Wisconsin? WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR put together a Wisconsin voter's guide to help you make sure your vote counts in the 2020 presidential election.

Maayan Silver

Updated Thursday at 2:59 p.m. CT 

Wisconsin is a key swing state in the 2020 presidential election and it's seen a notable shift in how people vote because of the coronavirus pandemic.

With so many people planning to vote absentee, WUWM spoke with Claire Woodall-Vogg, the top election official in Milwaukee, about 10 steps to help make sure your Wisconsin absentee ballot is counted:

1. Request your absentee ballot early

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Updated at 7:24 p.m. CT 

Across Wisconsin, election clerks have mailed out more than 1.1 million absentee ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.

In Walworth County, at least one person received a ballot without enough postage to cover the cost of returning it. But Reid Magney, with the Wisconsin Elections Commission, says the postage issue shouldn’t be a problem.

“The post office will deliver your absentee ballot back to your clerk's office whether or not it has any postage on it,” Magney says. 

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Election officials said Tuesday that they scrapped their plans to use the Milwaukee Bucks and Brewers' stadiums as early voting sites in the presidential battleground state of Wisconsin, citing fear that the ballots could be legally challenged.

Milwaukee's city election commission had planned to use Fiserv Forum and Miller Park between Oct. 20 and Nov. 1 as sites where people could vote early in-person or return absentee ballots received by mail. The commission developed the plan in an effort to provide safe voting sites during the coronavirus pandemic.

Lauren Sigfusson

Updated at 3:04 p.m. CT

Gov. Tony Evers' administration issued a new order Tuesday limiting the size of public indoor gatherings as COVID-19 spreads unchecked across the state, in a move certain to alienate Republicans as well as tavern and restaurant owners.

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