- Associated Press - Friday, July 11, 2014
Republicans attack Burke’s stand on outside money

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The state Republican Party is accusing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke of being a hypocrite for saying she wants to outlaw campaign donations from outside Wisconsin.

The state party circulated footage of Burke making the comment Thursday during a campaign stop in Green Bay. Burke has repeatedly said she believes special interest money from outside Wisconsin has too much influence on campaigns.

Republican Party executive director Joe Fadness says Burke is a hypocrite because she got roughly $1.1 million in donations this year from outside the state.

Burke’s spokesman Joe Zepecki issued a snarky response, saying Burke’s opposition to outside money was an opinion shared by “roughly 100 percent of people with a pulse.” He says she is currently playing by the same rules as Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

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Wisconsin appeals ruling allowing gay marriages

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin’s attorney general on Thursday appealed a federal judge’s ruling from last month striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriages as unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled on June 6 that the ban, approved by voters in 2006, was a violation of gay couples’ equal protection and due process rights. More than 500 same-sex couples got married in the state before Crabb put her ruling on hold a week later, pending the expected appeal from Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

The case now heads to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

The lawsuit was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight same-sex couples. Last week it asked Crabb to lift her stay of the ruling, which would allow the marriages to resume. Crabb has not ruled on that request.

“We’re disappointed to see that the state is still fighting to stop loving, committed couples from marrying,” said John Knight, the lead ACLU attorney. “However, we are glad to see an end to the state’s effort to put off resolution of this case.”

The 7th Circuit last month ordered an expedited schedule in Indiana’s case, requiring parties to file all of their briefs on motions no later than Aug. 5, with oral arguments to be scheduled a short time later.

Van Hollen had until July 21 to file an appeal, but he said in a statement that the appeals court’s decision to speed up the Indiana case led him to do it sooner.

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Boy, 9, dies after being trapped in grain bin

LANCASTER, Wis. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Wisconsin say a 9-year-old boy has died after becoming trapped in a grain bin on his family’s farm.

The Grant County sheriff’s office says crews were sent to the farm outside of Lancaster just after 11 a.m. Thursday.

WKOW-TV (https://bit.ly/1q1WEwlhttps://bit.ly/1q1WEwl ) reports the family was trying to fix an auger in the grain bin that had become stuck. The boy was helping other family members when he became trapped in the half-full bin.

Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Jack Johnson says rescuers found the boy around 12:30 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy’s name was not immediately released. Lancaster is about 160 miles southwest of Milwaukee.

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Information from: WKOW-TV, https://www.wkow.comhttps://www.wkow.com

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AG: High school students can’t pay for UW courses

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen says high school students who take University of Wisconsin classes offered in their schools for college credit can’t be charged tuition.

Van Hollen said in the opinion released Thursday that state law requires the state Department of Public Instruction to determine who pays for the classes.

The state budget allowed high school students to enroll in up to two courses from qualified higher educational institutions at a time, with school districts picking up the cost.

But in May, UW announced it would cover the roughly $1 million tuition cost for one year.

John Johnson, a spokesman for DPI, says going forward UW needs to work with school districts to come up with a way to pay for the classes that is cost-neutral for both.

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