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.
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.
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.
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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