- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Wisconsin justice recuses herself from Doe review

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley has recused herself from ruling on a lawsuit seeking to halt a secret investigation into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and recent recall campaigns.

Attorneys for three unnamed petitioners had asked a state appeals court to suspend the so-called John Doe probe. The 4th District Court of Appeals rejected the request but the attorneys have asked the Supreme Court to review the decision.

Bradley said in a letter Wednesday that her son, John Bradley, practices law with Dean Strang, one of the attorneys seeking to stop the probe. She said her son isn’t involved in that case but to avoid the appearance of a conflict she has decided to bow out.


Boy, 4, in critical condition after being shot

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A 4-year-old boy is in critical condition after being shot in Milwaukee.

Police say the shooting was reported about 5 p.m. Wednesday at a home on Milwaukee’s north side.

Officials say they believe a group of juveniles was playing with a handgun.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1fIJglahttps://bit.ly/1fIJgla ) reports the child was taken to a hospital.


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Swiss Emmentaler named world’s best cheese

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Swiss Emmentaler has won the title of 2014 World Championship Cheese in Wisconsin.

Cheesemaker Gerard Sinnesberger took top honors for his Original Schweizer Rohmilch Emmentaler, a large format, big wheel Swiss cheese.

Out of possible 100 points, the Emmentaler scored 97.85 in the final round of judging Wednesday. The cheese scored top honors out of 2,615 entries from 22 countries.

An Austrian entry, called Erzherzog Johann, was second. Another Swiss entry, Gruyere AOP, was third.

U.S. cheesemakers scored big in the competition, winning gold medals in 59 of the total 90 categories judged. Switzerland came in second with seven gold medals, while the Netherlands had five.

Among U.S. entries, Wisconsin dominated with 33 gold medals.



Walker says he would sign cancer drugs bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday that he would sign into law a bill that would make chemotherapy drugs in pill form more affordable for cancer patients, putting pressure on his Republican allies in the Assembly to follow the Senate’s lead by approving the measure.

Republican leaders in the Legislature have been slow to act on the bill, which is backed by a wide variety of cancer support groups, health advocates and others. The measure would require that health insurance companies charge the same for chemotherapy drugs in pill form, which can be taken at home, as they do for the less expensive intravenous treatments administered at hospitals.

The Senate voted 30-2 on Tuesday to pass it. That put the bill in the Assembly, where Republican Speaker Robin Vos had blocked a vote last week and refused to allow Democrats to force a vote on it Tuesday.

Vos ultimately scheduled the bill for a vote on Thursday, but said the Assembly may change it. Changes could kill the bill because it has to pass both chambers in identical form. The Assembly’s last planned day in session is Thursday, while the Senate was to come back for one more day on April 1.

Speaking to reporters in Appleton, Walker said he would sign the version of the bill that the Senate passed and that he doesn’t want the Assembly to make any changes to it.

“I would sign the bill that the Senate passed so I’m hopeful that’s the bill that will ultimately make it out of the Assembly,” Walker said. Later in the day, when speaking to reporters in Madison, Walker said he had been talking with Assembly leaders urging them to pass the bill.

“I don’t think anybody wants to go through this whole process and then have it stuck,” Walker said.

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