Wisconsin Supreme Court: local health departments have no power to shut schools in emergencies

Delivering a victory to private and religious schools, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Friday that, while the state’s Department of Health does have legislated power to shut schools in emergency situations like the COVID-19 pandemic, local health authorities do not have that power, Fox6 reports. The conservative majority court gave the ruling in a 4-3 decision.

Oil pipeline disputes raise tensions between U.S. and Canada

Months after President Biden snubbed Canadian officials by canceling Keystone XL, an impending showdown over a second crude oil pipeline threatens to further strain ties between the two neighbors that were frayed during the Trump administration.

Seed monopolies: Who controls the world’s food supply?

For thousands of years of human agriculture, the intrinsic nature of a seed — the capacity to reproduce itself — prevented it from being easily commodified. Grown and resown by farmers, seeds were freely exchanged and shared.

US Capitals on Edge for Armed Protests as Trump Presidency Nears End

Washington is locked down and U.S. law enforcement officials are geared up for pro-Trump marches in all 50 state capitals this weekend, erecting barriers and deploying thousands of National Guard troops to try to prevent the kind of violent attack that rattled the nation January 6.

U.S. Census Bureau Delays Revealing Voters

The U.S. Census Bureau will miss for the first time a year-end deadline for handing in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats, in a setback for President Donald J. Trump.

Trump campaign takes Wisconsin lawsuit to Supreme Court

The Trump campaign filed a petition with the Supreme Court to challenge a decision from Wisconsin’s high court that attempted to toss out more than 50,000 votes and overturn the results of the election.

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