- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015
2 killed in Wisconsin plane crash

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - Police say two people are dead after a plane crashed on Oshkosh Corp. property.

Oshkosh police and firefighters responded to the crash just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say both people who died were aboard the plane. The names of the victims have not been released.

Oshkosh Corp. spokesman John Daggett says no employees were hurt in the crash at the company’s north plant property.

Daggett tells Oshkosh Northwestern Media (http://oshko.sh/1Ie1Dm7) the plane crashed into several parked company trucks. There was no fire or explosion.

The Federal Aviation Association and the National Transportation Safety Board are on their way to investigate.

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Trooper slaying suspect not responsible for 2nd bank robbery

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - Authorities say the man suspected of gunning down a state trooper and another man after robbing a rural Wisconsin bank was not responsible for a second bank robbery that day.

The second robbery happened March 24 near the Fond du Lac shootout that left both Steven Timothy Snyder and Trooper Trevor Casper dead.

A spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1MigzOFhttp://bit.ly/1MigzOF ) that authorities don’t believe Snyder was the suspect in the Fond du Lac bank robbery.

That robbery happened about an hour before the fatal shootout between Casper and Snyder some 500 yards away.

Snyder is suspected of robbing a bank in Wausaukee, stealing a car and killing a motorist before his confrontation with Casper.

Snyder was from Koylton Township, Michigan, about 70 miles north of Detroit.

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Committees take up 20-week abortion ban in emotional hearing

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Two Wisconsin health committees took up a fast-tracked bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks Tuesday, hearing testimony from doctors about when a fetus can feel pain and from women who’ve had abortions.

Under the bill, doctors who perform an abortion after 20 weeks in non-emergency situations could be charged with a felony and subject to up to $10,000 in fines or 3½ years in prison. The committees are expected to vote Thursday. If passed, the bill will be taken up by the full Senate and Assembly as early as next week.

Supporters of the bill, co-authored by Rep. Jesse Kremer, R-Kewaskum, and Senate President Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, argued in the hearings that 20-week-old fetus can feel pain.

“The medical literature is exquisitely clear that the structures exist (that allow a fetus) to feel pain at 20 weeks,” said Dr. Donna Harrison, executive director of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists.

But Dr. Tosha Wetterneck, speaking on behalf of the Wisconsin Medical Society, said that research is inaccurate. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has said evidence suggests that a fetus can’t experience pain until the third trimester begins at 27 weeks.

As written, the bill doesn’t provide an exception for pregnancies due to rape or incest and requires that physicians performing abortions in situations in which the mother’s life is in danger do so in a way most likely to ensure the child’s survival.

Wetterneck said the bill wouldn’t serve women’s medical needs, because doctors would have to weigh legal repercussions with possible care options.

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Budget-writing committee unlikely to finish work this week

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker’s hopes are fading for a quicker-than-normal passage of the state budget, even as Republican legislative leaders met privately Tuesday with individual lawmakers to try and broker a deal on outstanding issues including roads funding and financing a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Walker, who was in Florida on Tuesday for an economic growth summit and will be in Iowa on Saturday, has said he won’t announce his expected run for the presidency until after he signs the two-year budget.

Walker set the expectation for fast action back in November, the night he was re-elected to a second term, saying he wanted to move quickly on the budget to show the country that the process works more smoothly in Wisconsin than Washington.

“We’re going to be even more aggressive now because I think we have an even stronger ally in the Legislature,” Walker told his Cabinet on Nov. 5

In 2013, Walker signed the budget on June 30. This year, he released his plan in February, 17 days earlier than two years ago and urged fellow Republicans to move swiftly to get done sooner.

But the Legislature hasn’t followed through. The budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, a 16-member panel controlled by Republicans, had hoped to complete its work last week. But it doesn’t have agreement on an arena financing deal or a way to pay for state roads and highway projects.

Both Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos were in meetings with lawmakers all day Tuesday. With those talks continuing, “it is looking unlikely” that the budget committee will meet this week, Fitzgerald spokeswoman Myranda Tanck said.

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