MADISON - A federal court ruling striking down Wisconsin's voter identification law as unconstitutional has been appealed.
Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen filed the appeal with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday.
Last month U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman ruled that Wisconsin's law requiring voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters and violates the U.S. Constitution's guarantee of equal protection.
Two separate cases challenging the Republican-backed law are also pending before the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Van Hollen would have to win all of the cases in order for the law to be in effect for the November elections.
Van Hollen also asked Adelman to stay his ruling while the appeal is pending.
RHINELANDER - Most people stop by Rhinelander's chamber of commerce to get their picture taken with the giant hodag out front. Visitors to the chamber can also stock up on Rhinelander trinkets and gear.
Now, the chamber has decided to downsize its store in order to let someone else set up shop.
- A Nicolet College club provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students and allies to socialize and discuss personal issues related to gender and sexual orientation.
However, outside of the campus, there is no supportive group in the Northwoods. Now, the Rainbow Hodags Club is helping to get a community LGBT group started. Club member Don Schindhelm says he wishes a club like this existed years ago.
"I really felt like I didn't know anyone else who was gay or lesbian. It was frowned upon, so I suppressed it for most of my life. That's why I struggled with it for so many years," said Schindhelm.
EAGLE RIVER - A lot of things need to go right to build a 40,000 square foot addition in just one year. Workers in Vilas County used a fairly mild winter to their advantage to work toward that goal.
Construction on the county courthouse's addition is both on budget and essentially on time. Crews have the drywall up on the second floor and are working to do the same on the first floor soon. Vilas County Clerk Dave Alleman says a rainy spring held some masonry work up, but it's nothing crews can't handle to stay on track.
"Very well disciplined," Alleman said of the workers. "They're working every day, things are being done on time. I think overall that makes for a good project."
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