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‘Making a Murderer’ attorney seeks more evidence testing
5:33 p.m.

MADISON (AP) — The attorney for a Wisconsin inmate featured in the hit Netflix series ‘‘Making a Murderer’’ filed a motion Friday seeking permission to perform extensive testing on evidence she believes will show he’s innocent.   
 Steven Avery was convicted in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison in the death of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach, who disappeared after a visit to the Avery family’s Manitowoc County salvage yard in 2005. Avery has argued he was framed.   
 His attorney, Kathleen Zellner, told reporters awaiting her filing outside the Manitowoc County courthouse that she wants to date blood and DNA found at the scene to see if it was planted. She promised the results will show that Avery isn’t guilty and that someone else killed Halbach.   

 For more on this story, see Saturday's Freeman.



Walker offers $4.5M for troubled Milwaukee neighborhood 
5:29 p.m.

 MILWAUKEE (AP) — State officials promised $4.5 million for job creation and other economic assistance for Milwaukee’s north side on Friday, hours before nearly 2,000 people showed up for the funeral of a black man fatally shot by police.    
 Community members say long-simmering frustration over unemployment and economic disparities underlie the violence and destruction of property that rocked Sherman Park for two nights following the Aug. 13 killing of Sylville Smith, who police say turned toward an officer with a gun in hand before he was shot.    
 For more on this story, see Saturday's Freeman.



Trump rebukes racism claims; Clinton warns of radicalism  
12:20 a.m.

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Donald Trump confronted head-on allegations that he is racist on Thursday, defending his hard-line approach to immigration while trying to make the case to minority voters that Democrats have abandoned them.   
 His general election opponent, Hillary Clinton, meanwhile hammered the point that Trump unleashed the ‘‘radical fringe’’ within the Republican Party, including anti-Semites and white supremacists, dubbing the billionaire businessman’s campaign as one that will ‘‘make America hate again.’’    
 The ping-pong accusations come as the two candidates vie for minorities and any undecided voters with less than three months until Election Day. Weeks before the first early voting, Trump faces the urgent task of revamping his image to win over those skeptical of his candidacy.   
 In a tweet shortly after Clinton wrapped up her speech in the swing state of Nevada, Trump said she ‘‘is pandering to the worst instincts in our society. She should be ashamed of herself!’’   
For the full story, see today’s Freeman.


Trump, Clinton, 5 others may be on Wisconsin ballot  
10:39 p.m.

MADISON (AP) — Five candidates for president other than Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have met qualifications to be on the ballot in Wisconsin.   
 The state Elections Commission is slated to approve the ballot on Tuesday.   The commission says in a memo prepared for the meeting that seven candidates have met the standard to be on the ballot.   
 They are Clinton, Trump, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party and Darrell Castle of the Constitution Party.   
 The other two are Monica Moorehead of the Workers World Party and Rocky Roque De La Fuente of the American Delta Party.   
 The most recent Marquette University Law School poll two weeks ago showed Clinton leading Trump by 15 points among likely voters in Wisconsin.



Complaint filed before officer killed man in Milwaukee
5:17 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Records show an excessive force complaint was filed against a Milwaukee police officer days before he fatally shot a suspect which ignited two nights of violence in a north side neighborhood.   
 The unjustified force claim was filed by a man who says the officer and his partner approached him as he sat in a car at a gas station and asked him what he had in the bag he was holding. Ronnie Martin says he tried to run. He says the officers threw him to the ground and used their Tasers on him.    
 Martin was not charged as a result of the incident. In addition to the claim filed with the city, Martin says he lodged a complaint with the Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission.