MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation’s Republican state attorneys general have, for the most part, lined up in support of a tentative multibillion-dollar settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, while their Democratic counterparts have mostly come out against it, decrying it as woefully inadequate.
JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — A retired Catholic priest in Wisconsin has been acquitted on charges alleging that he had sexually assaulted an altar boy over several years, starting in 2006. A Jefferson County jury on Friday found 66-year-old William Nolan not guilty of five counts of sexual assault following a weeklong trial. The now 26-year old accuser from California alleges that Nolan had sexual contact with him as many as 100 times.
LOYAL, Wis. (AP) — State officials are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Loyal that resulted in the death of a person who fired on law enforcement and injured an officer. Wisconsin Department of Justice officials say it happened early Friday morning after the suspect fled a traffic stop. Investigators say there was a standoff at the suspect’s residence and a Clark County sheriff’s deputy was shot. Officers entered the building and killed the suspect. The deputy suffered non-life threatening injuries.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A media company that owns television stations in Wisconsin is partnering with a longtime farm charity on a live 18-hour telethon to raise money for struggling farmers. Quincy Media and Farm Aid have scheduled the event for Sept. 20. It will include anchors and reporters from WKOW in Madison, WAOW in Wausau, WXOW in La Crosse, WQOW in Eau Claire, and KBJR in Superior. Volunteers will be answering phones throughout the day collecting donations.