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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Voters will choose between a Republican appointee, a Madison judge and a law professor as they narrow the field in a state Supreme Court primary Tuesday. Conservative incumbent Justice Dan Kelly and liberal-leaning Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone all are seeking a 10-year term on the court. Then-Gov. Scott Walker appointed Kelly to the bench in 2016. Karofsky has served as a Dane County circuit judge since 2017. Fallone has taught law at Marquette University for 27 years.  The top two primary vote-getters advance to the general election in April.

 

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee police are investigating the apparent homicides of a mother and two daughters whose bodies were discovered Sunday in a garage. Police identified the victims as 26-year-old Amarah Banks, 5-year-old Zaniya Ivery and 4-year-old Camaria Banks. A 25-year-old man was arrested in connection with the case and a felony aggravated battery charge was filed against him Saturday. Police say homicide charges were expected to be filed against the suspect, who was in custody in Memphis, Tennessee. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office was called to the scene Sunday and said autopsies were scheduled for Monday.

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Income taxes would be cut an average of $106 for a majority of tax filers in Wisconsin under a Republican proposal that lawmakers plan to vote on next week and quickly send to Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. The nearly $250 million income tax cut is the largest part of the GOP plan announced Friday. It also would reduce personal property taxes paid by manufacturers by nearly $45 million and cut general state debt by $100 million. Republicans are tapping some of the state’s projected $620 million budget surplus to pay for the tax cuts. Evers faulted Republicans for not spending more on schools.

 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Claims Board has awarded $25,000 to a U.S. Navy veteran who spent 26 years behind bars for a homicide he didn’t commit. The board awarded the money to 48-year-old Derrick Sanders on Friday. Sanders argued he was wrongfully convicted of participating in Jason Bowie’s shooting death in Milwaukee in 1992. Sanders had asked the claims board for nearly $6 million but state law limits compensation for wrongful convictions to $25,000. The board awarded him that amount Friday, saying it couldn’t find that Sanders contributed to his own conviction.

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