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Wis. Attorney General Van Hollen supports guns in Capitol

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says he doesn’t have a problem with people carrying concealed weapons in the state Capitol. A new law allowing Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons goes into effect Nov. 1. The state Department of Administration is still crafting a policy on whether people can carry in the Capitol and other ...

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Wis. AG defends concealed carry rules

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is defending the state Justice Department’s concealed carry regulations. The Justice Department is drafting rules to enact a new law that allows Wisconsin residents to carry concealed weapons. The National Rifle Association sent Van Hollen a letter Wednesday accusing the DOJ of going beyond the law’s intent by imposing a minimum ...

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Wis. AG: Asian carp lawsuit working

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s attorney general says a multi-state lawsuit designed to block Asian carp from finding their way into the Great Lakes is doing some good. Wisconsin and four other states have filed a federal lawsuit calling for severing ties between the Mississippi River and the Great Lakes basin. A federal appeals court last month refused to grant ...

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Appeals court won’t close Chicago locks over carp

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal appeals panel Wednesday refused to order closure of shipping locks on Chicago-area waterways to prevent Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes, but warned that it might reconsider if the government lags in its efforts to block the dreaded fish’s path. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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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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Transgender inmates win appeal over treatments (UPDATE)

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling striking down a Wisconsin law banning publicly funded hormone therapy for transgender inmates, saying denying the treatment amounted to torture. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision came in a case brought by a group of male inmates who identify ...

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Judge upholds Wisconsin domestic partnership law

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that Wisconsin’s domestic partnership registry does not violate the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage — a major victory for the state’s largest gay rights group that had defended the registry established in 2009 to bestow legal rights to same-sex couples. The social conservative group that brought ...

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Judge voids Wisconsin collective bargaining law (UPDATE)

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SCOTT BAUER and 
TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s law taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most public workers was struck down Thursday by a circuit court judge but the ruling will not be the final say in the union fight that brought tens of thousands of protesters to the Capitol earlier this year. ...

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Walker: Domestic partner law is unconstitutional

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has told a judge he wants to stop defending Wisconsin’s domestic partner registry in court because he doesn’t believe it’s constitutional. Members of the conservative group Wisconsin Family Action filed a lawsuit last summer arguing the registry violates the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. Former Gov. Jim ...

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Judge: DOJ improperly demoted detective (UPDATE)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Justice Department improperly demoted a top Internet detective after she questioned a plan to send state agents to guard Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen at the national Republican convention nearly three years ago, a judge ruled Monday. The agency violated state whistleblower laws when it bumped Joell Schigur out her post as director of ...

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Karl Excavating settles waste violations

A civil environmental enforcement action against Karl Excavating Inc., Manitowoc, arising from solid waste violations has been resolved, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced Monday. During a May 2010 inspection, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources found about 10 dump-truck sized loads of demolition material and bottom ash improperly stored at the business, according to a news release from ...

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Thompson named state’s public defender

Kelli Thompson has been named as the next Wisconsin State Public Defender. The agency’s board chose Thompson, a 12-year SPD veteran, to succeed Nick Chiarkas, who retired earlier this year after 22 years as head of the agency. Thompson has served as the Deputy State Public Defender for the past seven years and as the Acting State Public Defender since ...

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Van Hollen announces $4.2M BadgerCare settlement

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state of Wisconsin says it has reached a $4.2 million settlement with three drug makers which the state alleged had defrauded the Medicaid and BadgerCare Plus programs. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on Monday announced the deal with Merck & Co., Schering Corp. and Warrick Pharmaceuticals Corp. Under the terms ...

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Wisconsin proceeding with health care law

By Scott Bauer Associated Press Madison (AP) – Implementation of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law has not stopped in Wisconsin, even though Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen declared the law dead. His comments came after a federal judge ruled in favor of Wisconsin and 25 other states’ challenge to the law. “For Wisconsin, the federal health care law ...

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