1 dead, another wounded in Madison stabbing
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One person has died, another has been wounded and a suspect has been arrested in a stabbing in Madison. Police say all three people are known to each other. Authorities say the stabbing happened at a home on the southwest side about 9 p.m. Thursday. Officers found the two victims in the home as well as the suspect. One of the victims died at the scene. The other was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. The suspect was also taken to the hospital to be evaluated and was then arrested. The death is the third homicide in Madison this month. And, it’s the eighth this year, which is double the number of homicides in 2019.
Milwaukee woman charged in fatal shooting in Monroe County
SPARTA, Wis. (AP) — A Milwaukee woman is charged with felony murder in connection with a fatal shooting in Sparta that authorities say was drug related. Sparta Police Deputy Police Chief Booker Ferguson says 28-year-old Damara Skenandore-Medina is in custody for the June 11 death of 61-year-old Anthony Koopman. He was found with a gunshot wound early that morning in Sparta. He later died from his injuries. Investigators worked with Milwaukee police and the state Department of Justice to gather evidence and make the arrest. Ferguson said the shooting was an isolated incident related to the sale of illegal drugs. He said additional arrests are expected.
Budget hawks hatch plan to force constitutional convention
WASHINGTON (AP) — GOP activists are advancing a new legal strategy to trigger a constitutional convention aimed at enacting a federal balanced budget amendment, potentially requiring massive cuts to government spending. Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker led a workshop on the issue earlier this month at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-backed group that facilitates conservative and pro-business legislation. It’s been 233 years since the last constitutional convention. Critics warned a convention could decide to take on topics beyond a balanced budget and propose other big constitutional changes, though 38 states still would have to ratify any proposed amendments.
Wisconsin governor orders masks statewide amid virus surge
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a statewide mask order amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the state, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued earlier to kill his “safer at home” order. The Democratic governor on Thursday ordered the wearing of masks starting Saturday. The Wisconsin Supreme Court in May tossed out an order from Evers’ health secretary closing most nonessential businesses. Republicans brought that lawsuit. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he is gauging the interest of his caucus in reconvening the Legislature and voting down the order.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS-POST OFFICE
Wisconsin official outlines absentee ballot system upgrades
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin election officials and the U.S. Postal Service are working on streamlining absentee ballot delivery after a crush of complaints from voters who never received their ballots in this past spring’s election. Wisconsin Elections Commission staff said in a report to commissioners ahead of a Thursday evening meeting that they’ve added so-called intelligent bar codes to ballot envelopes that can be scanned at postal centers, verifying the ballots were mailed. The report also said that staff have upgraded the state’s election database to record online applications, saving clerks from having to enter requests manually.
Oneida tribe wins closely watched Wisconsin legal fight
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court has sided with the Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin in its fight with the village of Hobart over its authority to require a special events permit to hold an apple festival. While the lawsuit was about whether the tribe needed a permit for its annual Big Apple Fest, the underlying issue of tribal sovereignty could have wide-ranging impacts across the country. The tribe had support from the state of Wisconsin, the U.S. government and others in its appeal. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday overturned a lower court’s ruling in favor of Hobart, siding instead with the tribe.
POLICE CHASE-FATAL CRASH
Milwaukee teen dies after crashing during police chase
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police say a teenage driver has died after crashing during a police chase early Thursday. Police say around 2 a.m. they were trying to stop a stolen vehicle that was involved in an armed robbery. Officers activated their lights and sirens, but the 17-year-old driver refused to pull over and led police on a chase. The Milwaukee boy who was driving crashed into a pole and suffered serious injuries. He was taken to a hospital where he later died. A 16-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl who were in the car were taken into custody and treated at a hospital for minor injuries. Police say the investigation is ongoing and charges will be referred to prosecutors in coming days.
Wisconsin Republicans break with Trump on election delay
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Republican legislative leaders and the state’s longest-serving Republican in Congress are breaking with President Donald Trump over possibly delaying the Nov. 3 presidential election. U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke all said Thursday that they oppose delaying the election, a date that is enshrined in federal law and would require an act of Congress to change, including agreement from the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Steineke tweeted “Hard NO” in reaction to Trump. Vos says, “Elections need to happen for democracy to function.”
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