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State's fight over same-sex marriage put on fast trackSubmitted: 07/11/2014
State's fight over same-sex marriage put on fast track
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MADISON - A federal appeals court is putting Wisconsin's fight over gay marriage on a fast track and combining it with a similar case from Indiana.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that means the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals could decide the issue by the November election for governor.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled last month that the state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional in an American Civil Liberties lawsuit. More than 500 same-sex couples got married before Crabb put her ruling on hold a week later pending an expected appeal from Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

Van Hollen filed notice of an appeal on Thursday. The appeals court Friday ordered all briefs due in the case by Aug. 4. The short briefing schedule is unusual in federal court.



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Update Friday 11:15 p.m.:

Police believe a missing woman who wandered off from her Minocqua resort walked nearly 20 miles before search crews found her.

The Minocqua Police Department reported late Friday night Susanne Meseberg was found safe at the North Trout Lake Campground near Boulder Junction around 9:45 p.m.

Meseberg, 68, walked away from her family at Beacons of Minocqua around 3:30 p.m.  Meseberg suffers from Alzheimer's.  A statewide Silver Alert notification went out several hours later.  Crews from 12 agencies helped with the search.

A press release from Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger notes Meseberg was found at 9:47 p.m. at the campground, which is approximately 17 miles from her resort in Minocqua.  The release says Meseberg was reunited with her family after her discovery.


Jaeger thanked the Minocqua Fire Department, Newbold Search and Rescue, Arbor Vitae Rescue, Hazelhurst fire, the Oneida County Dive Team, Oneida County Sheriff's Office, Wisconsin DNR, Little Rice Canteen Unit, Oneida County Emergency Management, Vilas County Sheriff's Office, and Woodruff police for helping in the search.




Update Friday 9:55 p.m.:

Minocqua Police Chief Dave Jaeger reports the woman missing from her Lakeland area resort has been found safe.  

Susanne Meseberg, 68, walked off from her room at Beacons of Minoqua resort around 3:30 p.m. Friday.  Jaeger informed Newswatch 12 of finding Meseberg safe around 9:45 p.m.

The police department plans to release more details late Friday.




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