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League of Women Voters sues over photo ID law (UPDATE)

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The League of Women Voters sued Thursday to block Wisconsin’s new voter photo identification law, arguing that the state constitution clearly only bars children, felons and the mentally incompetent from voting, not people who lack photo IDs. In its lawsuit filed in Dane County Circuit Court, the League’s state chapter contends ...

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Tobacco store sues state over roll-your-own cigarettes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Rib Mountain tobacco store is suing the state over its attempt to pull the plug on roll-your-own cigarette machines. The Department of Revenue has informed owners of the machines that they need cigarette manufacturing and distribution permits to operate. Customers who buy loose tobacco from the stores, then use the machines to roll their own ...

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Milwaukee Court Commissioner arraigned on tax fraud

Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Geneva E. McKinley waived her right to a preliminary hearing and was arraigned in Dane County Circuit Court on Monday on two counts of filing false and fraudulent income tax returns, according to a news release from Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

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Supreme Court rules in school expulsion case (UPDATE)

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Thursday that circuit courts do not have the authority to order schools to provide alternative educational opportunities for expelled students. The court ruled in a case involving a 15-year-old high school student who was expelled for three semesters from a Madison public high school in ...

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Milwaukee Court Commissioner appears in court on tax fraud charges

Milwaukee County Court Commissioner Geneva McKinley, who is charged with tax fraud, made her first appearance in court Monday. She appeared in Dane County Circuit Court on two counts of filing false and fraudulent income tax returns.  She was ordered to be booked and released at the hearing. A status conference is scheduled for Aug. 15, before Judge Julie Genovese. ...

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Competency exam requested in abortion clinic plot

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The attorney for a Marshfield man accused of planning an abortion clinic shooting is raising questions about the defendant’s mental competency. Federal defender Erika Bierma told Magistrate Stephen Crocker on Tuesday that she will file a motion for a competency exam for 63-year-old Ralph Lang. Police investigated a report of a gunshot at a Madison motel ...

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Wis. also charges man in abortionist-attack plans

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Marshfield man already facing a federal charge after describing his plans to attack a Madison abortion clinic now faces a state charge as well. Ralph W. Lang, 63, was charged Friday in state court with attempted first-degree intentional homicide. He was also charged Thursday in federal court with a misdemeanor count of attempting to injure ...

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Not guilty plea made for woman in threat case

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Not guilty pleas have been entered for a Wisconsin woman charged with making death threats to Republican state lawmakers. Twenty-six-year-old Katherine Windels stood mute Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court. A court commissioner entered the pleas for her to two misdemeanor counts of making threats over a computer. She has also been charged with two felony ...

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Madison priest charged with fondling teen

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison priest who was removed from public life in 1999 is now charged with the sexual assault of a teenage girl in Stevens Point and at her Monona home in 2003 and 2004. The Wisconsin State Journal reports a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Dane County Circuit Court charges 64-year-old Joseph Gibbs Clauder with felony ...

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Governor fires attorney in same-sex lawsuit

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Gov. Scott Walker has fired the attorney who was representing the state in a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s domestic partner registry. The conservative group Wisconsin Family Action alleges the registry violates the state’s ban on gay marriage because it grants same-sex couples a number of legal rights. Former Gov. Jim Doyle, a Democrat, appointed attorney Lester ...

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Lawsuit seeks to block implementation of union law (UPDATE)

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SCOTT BAUER and 
TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge was considering Friday whether to block enactment of a law taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from the vast majority of Wisconsin’s public workers. Republican Gov. Scott Walker signed the legislation Friday morning, but it does not take effect until the day after an official ...

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Union: Lack of Capitol access is contempt

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Public employee unions have accused state officials of restricting access to the Wisconsin Capitol building despite a court order opening it to the public. Three unions filed a motion in Dane County Circuit Court on Thursday accusing the state Department of Administration of defying Judge John Albert’s order last week. The order came after DOA officials ...

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Judge orders protesters out of Capitol 


By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge ordered the removal Thursday night of pro-union protesters who have camped out in the state Capitol for more than two weeks, but he also ruled that the state had violated the public’s free speech and assembly rights by restricting its access to the building. Dane County Circuit ...

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Ammo found outside Wis. Capitol, site of protests 


By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of rounds of live rifle ammunition were found Thursday scattered around the grounds of the Wisconsin Capitol, where large crowds of people have been protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to rescind nearly all collective bargaining rights for most public employee unions. State attorneys revealed the ammunition discovery during a ...

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Judge nearly orders protesters out of Capitol

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge weighing whether state officials overstepped their bounds by restricting protesters’ access to the state Capitol nearly ordered all the demonstrators out on moments’ notice Wednesday evening before state and union attorneys talked him out of it. Dane County Circuit Judge John Albert has been listening to two days of ...

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