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Wisconsin DOJ moves to dismiss justice's lawsuit Submitted: 05/04/2015
MADISON - The state Department of Justice is asking a federal judge to toss out Shirley Abrahamson's lawsuit demanding that she be allowed to retain her title as Wisconsin Supreme Court chief justice.

Voters in April approved a constitutional amendment that allows the justices to elect their chief rather than basing the title on seniority. The high court's conservative majority voted Justice Pat Roggensack chief last week, stripping the liberal-leaning Abrahamson of a title she's held since 1996.

Abrahamson has filed a federal lawsuit challenging whether she can be immediately stripped of the title. DOJ attorneys on Monday filed a motion to dismiss the case, arguing Abrahamson has failed to state a claim for relief.

An attorney representing the four conservative-leaning justices also asked that the suit be dismissed, saying the amendment cannot be undone.

Story By: Associated Press

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WESTON - Liver disease and deaths from Hepatitis C are on the rise.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) wants doctors to keep checking baby boomers.

They make up the vast majority of people living with the virus.

Hepatitis C is a virus that causes serious liver disease and even liver cancer.

About 3.2 million people live with the virus, and 75 percent of those are baby boomers.

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MERRILL - Ryan Ott didn't know his contest would set off a domino effect of giving in his Merrill community. But the end result would demonstrate just what "paying it forward" means to the northcentral Wisconsin city.

It started last year.

"(The roof) was pretty unsightly," remembered Kathy Yahr on Monday, standing outside Trinity Lutheran Preschool in Merrill.

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WASHINGTON, DC - Last Monday, 81 local veterans and their guardians boarded a plane to Washington, DC for the 19th Never Forgotten Honor Flight. Many of the veterans on the flight boarded, thinking their service had been forgotten. However, they soon realized that wasn't the case.

A passerby stopped, took off his hat, and stuck out his hand.

"Thank you for your service," he said to a veteran walking by.

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GLIDDEN - A Glidden man hopes to make his community more accessible.

Ryan Thimm uses a wheelchair after an ATV accident four years ago.

He started the Ryan Thimm Handicap Reserve to raise money to make the community more accessible.

Thimm has already made changes to many places in the community, and has plans for others.

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MADISON - The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would clear the way for a 70 mph speed limit on at least some Wisconsin roads.

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MENASHA - Update: Mon. 5/4 4:15pm

Family and friends of a Neenah family who lost two members when a university student opened fire along a Wisconsin bike trail are mourning at a church.

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MILWAUKEE - The Brewers fired manager Ron Roenicke and replaced him with former Milwaukee infielder Craig Counsell.

Milwaukee, a major league-worst 7-18, lost 40 of its final 56 games under Roenicke. The skid included a late-season collapse last year after the Brewers led the NL Central for nearly five months, and a 2-13 start this season.

Counsell, a 44-year-old Milwaukee-area native, was given a contract through the 2017 season, the Brewers said Monday.

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TOMAH - A Monroe County sheriff's pursuit of a suspected drunken driver ended when a deputy's squad and the suspect's minivan became engulfed in fire.

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