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Judge rules state should cover transgender transition surgery for employeesSubmitted: 09/20/2018
MADISON - A federal judge has ordered the state of Wisconsin and its insurers to pay for transgender transition surgery for its employees.

U.S. District Judge William Conley says there's no legal reason to exclude medically necessary care for the employees.

University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate student Alina Boyden and UW School of Medicine researcher Shannon Andrews filed a lawsuit last year after they were denied treatment their doctors had determined was a necessary part of the gender transitions.


The Journal Sentinel reports the state argued that covering the surgery would insert it into the "business of encouraging surgeries meant to conform peoples' appearances to their own perceived sex stereotypes."

Conley called that position "unhinged from reality."

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MIDDLETON -

The latest report on the active shooter at a commercial building in a Madison suburb.


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A city official says four people have been shot, but none fatally, during a shooting at a software company near Madison, Wisconsin.


The shooting occurred Wednesday morning in Middleton. City Administrator Mike Davis says the suspected shooter was also injured. The victims' conditions weren't immediately known.


The shooting was reported around 10 a.m. at WTS Paradigm. Davis says police have lifted a lockdown


A hospital spokesman says four people are being treated at University Hospital in Middleton.





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