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Biden, Wisconsin Democrats rally, virtually, to defeat Trump

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden urged Wisconsin Democrats in a recorded message broadcast during an online state convention Friday to unite to defeat President Donald Trump in November. That message was repeated by Democratic office holders at the state and local level, who also pushed the need to prevent Republicans from winning enough seats in the Legislature to have a super majority that could override vetoes of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. The convention, usually a pep rally for activists that attracts a couple thousand Democrats, was moved to an online only meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Lone UW president finalist withdraws from consideration

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The lone finalist for the job as president of the University of Wisconsin System has withdrawn his name from consideration. University of Alaska System President Jim Johnsen was the only finalist to emerge from a monthslong search. Other would-be finalists withdrew from the running out of concern about being publicly named as a finalist during the coronavirus pandemic. The University of Alaska System issued a statement Friday saying Johnsen withdrew from consideration and quoting him as saying he feels he’s called to lead the system in Alaska.


Attorney who spat on protester charged with hate crime

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attorney who spat on a high school student during an anti-racism rally and march in a Milwaukee suburb has been charged with a hate crime. Lawyer Stephanie Rapkin, who is white, showed up at the protest last Saturday in Shorewood and parked her car in the street, blocking the march. When protesters approached her to urge her to move her car, video shows Rapkin spitting on a black teen, Eric Lucas, a junior at Shorewood High School. Rapkin is charged with disorderly conduct as a hate crime and battery to a police officer. The complaint says police went to Rapkin’s home the following day in response to an altercation, she resisted arrest and kneed one officer in the groin. 


Multiple fatalities, injuries in Columbia County crashes

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin State Patrol says four people were killed and seven people were injured in a series of crashes in Columbia County. The first crash about 3:30 a.m. Friday involved two semis on Interstate 90/94/39 at state Highway 60 near Lodi, the patrol said. Shortly after 5 a.m., a straight truck piled into the first crash scene, injuring two state troopers and a highway worker. The troopers were treated and released, according to authorities. The worker remains hospitalized. About 6:45 a.m., another multi-vehicle crash happened near county Highway K as traffic moved around the earlier crash scene. Troopers say a semi traveling at highway speeds created a chain-reaction crash involving eight vehicles, including another semi, a dump truck and passenger vehicles.


Protests in Trump country test his hold in rural white areas

Hundreds of protests over black injustice have cropped up in small cities in rural areas across the upper Midwest and Rust Belt, many with their own lingering current of white supremacy and racial unrest. Across Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, more than 200 such demonstrations have taken place, many in counties President Donald Trump carried resoundingly in 2016. The movement presents a test of the president’s ability to reassemble in whole this older, white voting bloc. If he’s outnumbered by even marginally reignited opposition, his hold on the White House could face a serious challenge. 


Court rules phone charging kiosks are illegal gambling

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A unanimous Wisconsin Supreme Court has ruled that cellphone-charging kiosks that allow users to win or lose money by playing a video game are illegal gambling machines. The court on Friday upheld rulings from Milwaukee County Circuit Court and the state appeals court that also determined the kiosks, known as “Pow’r Up” machines, to be illegal. Quick Charge Kiosk operates the kiosks in convenience stores and gas stations throughout the state. The kiosk gives the customer credits to play a video game while their phone is charging. The court says even though users can play for free, the kiosks are still illegal.


Wisconsin judges call for more diversity in legal profession

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than two dozen Wisconsin appellate court judges, including two sitting justices on the state Supreme Court, are calling for combating racism and increasing diversity in the legal profession. The open letter released Friday follows similar pleas by state Supreme Court justices and appellate court judges in other states in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police and the protests that followed calling for law enforcement reforms and racial justice. The Wisconsin judges say they recognized ongoing injustices in the legal system and systematic barriers that prevent justice. They called for acknowledging implicit biases and prejudices and seeing how they affect office and courtroom interactions.


Sparta shooting victim identified as local man

SPARTA, Wis. (AP) — The victim of a fatal shooting in Sparta has been identified as a local man. Police say 61-year-old Anthony Koopman was shot Thursday about 1 a.m. He was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. WEAU-TV reports police believe the shooting was an isolated incident and that the general public is not in danger. There’s no word on a possible suspect. The Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation is assisting in the case. 

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