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Federal judge refuses to stay Wisconsin voter ID order
3:47 p.m.

MADISON (AP) — A federal judge has refused to stay his order allowing Wisconsin residents to vote without photo identification while state attorneys appeal the decision.   
 U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee issued a preliminary injunction this month allowing people who haven’t been able to obtain IDs to vote in the Nov. 8 election if they sign an affidavit explaining why they couldn’t get the identification.    
 State attorneys have filed notice that they’ll appeal the order with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and asked Adelman to stay the injunction until the appeal is resolved.   
 Adelman refused to grant the stay on Friday, saying the injunction doesn’t block anyone from challenging a voter’s identity and some safety net must exist to protect the rights of voters who lack photo ID.    


4 percent of water systems exceeded contaminant limits
3:44 p.m.

MADISON (AP) — A new report says 4 percent of Wisconsin’s public water systems exceeded contaminant limits last year.   
 The Department of Natural Resources released its annual report on drinking water on Friday. It found that 11,036 of 11,470 systems, or about 96 percent, served water to customers without exceeding any contaminant limits.    
 The remaining 439 systems exceeded the limits for at least one contaminant. The most common contaminant by far was coliform bacteria. The smallest systems, including motels, restaurants, parks, taverns, churches and campgrounds, accounted for about 73 percent of the violations.   
 The DNR last year issued 2,432 written notices of noncompliance and 15 written orders laying out actions and timelines for achieving compliance. That compares with 2,690 written notices and 21 written orders in 2014.    


16 percent turnout predicted for Wisconsin Aug. 9 primary
12:15 p.m.

MADISON (AP) — Turnout for Wisconsin’s Aug. 9 primary is predicted to be just 16 percent.
The Elections Commission estimate would be higher than the 14.5 turnout in 2014, but nowhere near the record-high of nearly 28 percent set in 1964.
There are several hot local primary races on the Aug. 9 ballot, but no compelling statewide contest to drive turnout.
House Speaker Paul Ryan faces a long-shot challenge from fellow Republican Paul Nehlen in his southeast Wisconsin congressional district. And there is a three-way Republican race for the open 8th Congressional District in northeast Wisconsin.
There are also several contested primaries for seats in the state Legislature.
The Elections Commission turnout prediction released Thursday equates to nearly 712,000 voters.



Waukesha man gets 14 months in naked police chase
12:13 p.m.

WAUKESHA — A Waukesha man who allegedly was naked and under the influence of cocaine when he led police on a chase through Waukesha 
last month has been sentenced to serve 14 months in prison.
Mark Hunkins, 29, also was sentenced to serve two years on extended supervision after he pleaded guilty last month to fleeing an officer in a plea deal in which counts of lewd and lascivious behavior, obstructing an officer and another count of fleeing an officer were dismissed.
For the full story, see today’s Freeman.


Clinton promises steady hand in dangerous world 
2:40 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, an experienced leader steeled for a volatile world. She aggressively challenged Republican Donald Trump’s ability to do the same.   
 ‘‘Imagine him in the Oval Office facing a real crisis,’’ Clinton said as she accepted the Democratic nomination for president. ‘‘A man you can bait with a tweet is not a man we can trust with nuclear weapons.’’   
 Clinton took the stage to roaring applause from flag-waving delegates on the final night of the Democratic convention, relishing her nomination as the first woman to lead a major U.S. political party. But her real audience was the millions of voters watching at home, many of whom may welcome her experience as secretary of state, senator and first lady, but question her character.   
For the full story, see today’s Freeman.


Why was a reporter removed from Waukesha Pence rally?
2:35 a.m.

WAUKESHA — A Washington Post reporter was removed from a campaign rally for Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence at the Waukesha County Expo Center on Wednesday, and the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Department held a news conference on Thursday to address the issue.
For the full story, see today’s Freeman.