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Wisconsin voter ID ruling creates confusion

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A court-ordered change to Wisconsin's photo identification law designed to cut down on voter fraud is creating confusion that some say may lead to more lawsuits and, ironically, fraud.

Policy makers, attorneys and voter ID experts were struggling Friday with how to interpret a Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling.

The court said in order for Wisconsin's voter ID requirement to be constitutional, the state can't require applicants for state-issued IDs to present government documents that cost money to obtain, like a birth certificate copy.

The court left it to the Division of Motor Vehicles to come up with an administrative solution.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says not requiring that documentation has the potential for fraud.

University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Barry Burden says he expects lawsuits on this issue.


Stroebel gives campaign another financial boost

MILWAUKEE (AP) - State Rep. Duey Stroebel has donated another $350,000 to his congressional campaign in recent weeks, as he runs for the Wisconsin seat now held by retiring Republican Rep. Tom Petri (PEE'-try).

Campaign-finance reports released late Thursday show that Stroebel has about $260,000 cash on hand.

That gives him an edge over his two top rival candidates. State Sen. Joe Leibham, has about $170,000 and state Sen. Glenn Grothman has about $160,000.

Stroebel has given his campaign nearly $700,000 overall, accounting for the vast majority of his fundraising.

Leibham raised a total of $380,000 this year, with $10,000 coming from his own pocket. Grothman brought in about $336,000, of which he provided $100,000.

The three candidates and college instructor Tom Denow will compete in an Aug. 12 Republican primary.


Girl, 12, not competent for trial in stabbing

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) - One of two 12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged as an adult with stabbing a classmate to please a fictional online horror character has been found mentally unable to stand trial.

A judge declared the girl incompetent Friday and ordered her committed for treatment. Two doctors who examined the girl had submitted reports saying they didn't think she was competent.

Court documents say the two 12-year-olds plotted for months to kill their former friend to win favor with Slender Man, a character in online horror stories. Documents say they lured the victim into a wooded park following a sleepover and stabbed her 19 times.

Attorneys for both girls have said they hope to have the cases moved from adult to juvenile court, where more mental health and other services might be available.


Pilot killed at air show was from Kentucky

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) - The Experimental Aircraft Association says a pilot who died in a crash near the organization's annual fly-in convention in Wisconsin was from Kentucky.

The EAA says 74-year-old Jim Oeffinger (EF'-ing-er), of Versailles, Kentucky died when the custom-built Breezy airplane crashed and caught fire at Wittman Regional Airport adjacent to the EAA grounds Thursday morning.

EAA spokesman Dick Knapinksi (nah-PIN'-skee) says the passenger in the plane who was injured is 21-year-old Jennifer Woloszyk, of Elmhurst, Illinois. Woloszyk is hospitalized in serious condition. Knapinski says Oeffinger was an EAA member.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. The AirVenture convention in Oshkosh draws about a half million people to the weeklong event.


Harley-Davidson resumes production of touring bike

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Harley-Davidson plans to resume sales of its most popular model.

The company says it will start selling two Road Glide touring models on Aug. 26 when its full 2015 lineup is released.

It's previewing the Road Glide and Road Glide Special on Friday at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota and the National Bikers Roundup in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Milwaukee-based Harley-Davidson Motor Company spokeswoman Maripat Blankenheim says the Road Glide was taken out of the lineup for a year to focus on its new platform of touring cycles called Project Rushmore.

She says the focus is to improve the touring bikes so they're more comfortable for both rider and passenger.


Parents sue caregiver website company over death

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) - A Kenosha couple is suing the woman charged in the death of their baby and the caregiver screening website they used to hire her.

Nathan and Reggan Koopmeiners say did not perform the background check they paid for when they hired Sarah Gumm in 2012. The couple claims in its wrongful death lawsuit that the company failed to reveal that Gumm had twice been cited for drunken driving and had a battery conviction.

WISN-TV ( ) reports the lawsuit says Gumm was under the influence of alcohol when she caused a head injury to 3-month-old Rylan Koopmeiners that caused the child's death at her home in Waukegan, Illinois. says it cannot comment on pending litigation. Gumm has pleaded not guilty to the first-degree murder and aggravated battery in Lake County, Illinois.


Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds porn convictions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld child porn convictions in two separate cases, overturning earlier rulings.

In the case of Jeremiah Purtell, the court said Friday that his probation officer's warrantless search of his home computer that turned up child pornography did not violate his constitutional rights against illegal search and seizure.

The court, in a 5-2 decision, reversed a decision by the state appeals court tossing Purtell's four convictions for possessing child pornography. The 28-year-old from Hartford was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

In the other case, the court in a 4-3 decision reinstated a conviction against James R. Hunt, of Fort Atkinson, for causing a child under age 13 to view sexual activity. The case involved images on Hunt's cellphone that a 12-year-old girl saw.

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