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Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press at 9:40 p.m. CST

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has suspended five football players after racist messages were shared on Snapchat. The messages included a picture of a cross burning at a Ku Klux Klan rally and referred to the Black Male Empowerment group on campus. UW-Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt tweeted that the campus “will not tolerate this racist action.” Since an investigation is underway, the names of the suspended students were not released.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is taking on the unusual and high-profile role of being one of President Donald Trump’s most vocal supporters at the same time Johnson has emerged as a witness to key meetings and conversations at the heart of the ongoing impeachment inquiry. Despite his personal involvement and concerns he raised about Trump’s actions, the former plastics manufacturer has said he won’t step down from his role as a juror if there’s a Senate trial on impeaching Trump.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers’ approval rating has dropped below 50% as the first-term Democrat continues to butt heads with the Republican-controlled Legislature. The latest Marquette University Law School poll out Wednesday also shows the Legislature’s approval rating has dipped. Evers’ approval rating was at 47% this month, compared with 52% in October. The Legislature had a similar drop from 52% to 48%.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin National Guard’s leader is shedding more light on who’s investigating whether commanders are retaliating against a soldier who reported multiple incidents of sexual assault and harassment within his unit. Wisconsin Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jay Ellis’ complaints last year have spurred two federal investigations that are still ongoing. Ellis has alleged his superiors are trying to discharge him and deny him retirement benefits in retaliation.

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