- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Wisconsin man charged with threatening to kill Obama

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man is charged with threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

Fifty-five-year-old Brian Dutcher of Tomah appeared in federal court Tuesday after being charged last week.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says Dutcher traveled to La Crosse on Wednesday, where Obama was scheduled to make a speech the next day. According to an affidavit, Dutcher approached a security guard at the La Crosse library and said he would “take (Obama) out” if he got the chance. The affidavit says Dutcher repeated his statements to U.S. Secret Service agents.

U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil told the Wisconsin State Journal last week authorities sought a civil commitment and Dutcher was being held in the mental health facility.



A detention hearing is set Thursday. Dutcher’s federal public defender, Joe Bugni (BUG’-nee), declined comment Tuesday.

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Highlights of Wisconsin budget debated by Senate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Republican-controlled state Senate began debate Tuesday of the two-year state budget.

The Assembly plans to debate the budget on Wednesday, sending it on to Gov. Scott Walker later this week. Walker can use his powerful veto authority to edit or remove items in the $70 billion two-year spending plan.

Here are some highlights of how the budget affects you:

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

- Public schools won’t be cut by $127 million as Walker proposed, but they also aren’t getting much more money. Funding would be flat the first year of the budget, then go up by about $69 million in the second year, but schools aren’t being given the authority to increase spending over the next two years. That means if a district does get more aid, it will have to divert it to lowering property taxes unless a special referendum is approved by voters allowing spending to go up.

VOUCHER SCHOOLS

- There will be more opportunities for students who meet income qualifications to attend private voucher schools. The 1,000-student enrollment cap in the statewide program would be lifted, with the new lid set at no more than 1 percent of a district’s total students, and that would increase 1 percentage point a year for 10 years until there is no cap. Money to pay for voucher students would now come out of public school aid.

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Johnson says $2 million raised in second quarter

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Sen. Ron Johnson says he raised $2 million in the second quarter as he prepares for a re-election rematch against former Sen. Russ Feingold.

Johnson, a Republican who unseated Feingold in 2010, called it his best fundraising quarter this cycle. His campaign says he ended June with $2.75 million on hand.

Feingold, a Democrat, said last week he raised more than $2.2 million after declaring his candidacy midway through the period. He said he expected to have almost $2 million in cash on hand when he files federal reports.

Neither candidate had filed their reports as of Tuesday.

The race is expected to be key for Democrats as they hope to reclaim the Senate in 2016.

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Man charged with trying to kill ex-girlfriend

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A man who prosecutors say is in the U.S. illegally is charged with trying to kill his ex-girlfriend after some weekend fireworks in Green Bay.

Victor Pazcastellanos is accused of stabbing the 20-year-old woman multiple times after the two argued about their relationship Saturday night. The woman told police the two broke up last month because he was abusive.

Brown County prosecutor Chris Plaunt says the 22-year-old defendant is not a U.S. citizen and faces “some form of immigration action.” WLUK-TV (https://bit.ly/1IH4OBQhttps://bit.ly/1IH4OBQ ) reports court documents say several people subdued Pazcastellanos until police arrived.

Online court records do not list a defense attorney.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, https://www.fox11online.comhttps://www.fox11online.com

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