News Minute: Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he believes video of Milwaukee police using a stun gun on a Milwaukee Bucks player shows why body cameras are important. Spokeswoman Amy Hasenberg says Walker also agrees with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch's comments Thursday calling the newly released video "disconcerting" and "alarming."
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Department of Natural Resources attorney will decide whether the agency will honor a ruling that a Monroe County sand processing plant's wetlands permit is invalid. The DNR granted Meteor Timber a permit for the plant in 2017, spurring a contested case challenge from Clean Wisconsin and the Ho-Chunk Nation.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Officials in Wisconsin are testing the environmental and health impacts following a frack sand sludge spill that has now reached the Mississippi River. A contactor's bulldozer slid into a pond earlier this week at the Hi-Crush mine in Whitehall. Rescuers emptied 10 million gallons (37.8 million liters) of water and mud into the Trempealeau River tributary to rescue the worker. The Department of Natural Resources is studying the sludge, but test results might take a week to get back.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Elections Commission has agreed to lift restrictions on overseas ballots to avoid a legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice. The agency warned the commission earlier this month that it's preparing to sue because Wisconsin law doesn't let temporary overseas voters to obtain ballots electronically or to submit downloadable back-up ballots in case they don't have time to return an official ballot.
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