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Democratic US Senate candidates push to end filibuster

MADISON, Wis. — All of the top Democrats running to replace Republican Ron Johnson in the U.S. Senate back eliminating the filibuster, a move which would pave the way for easier passage of policies like federal abortion rights or stricter gun control. In the wake of the Uvalde, Texas, shooting, Democrats — who control the Senate — had to reach…

Judge won’t block law banning most Mississippi abortions

A Mississippi judge has rejected a request by the state’s only abortion clinic to temporarily block a state law that would ban most abortions. Judge Debbra K. Halford rejected the request Tuesday. Attorneys argued over abortion laws in three Southern states in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave states the power to limit or outlaw the termination of pregnancies. Elsewhere, Florida’s new 15-week abortion ban was blocked but then quickly reinstated Tuesday. In Louisiana, the state attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to allow enforcement of a ban on most abortions.

Alleged Highland Park parade shooter traveled to Madison after shooting, officials say

MADISON, Wis. — The alleged gunman who opened fire at a suburban Chicago Fourth of July parade, killing seven people and wounding dozens in the process, traveled to the Madison area following the shooting, officials said Tuesday. Robert Crimo III allegedly fled the scene dressed in women’s clothing before driving to the Madison area and returning to Illinois, where he…

Chauvin faces sentencing on federal charges in Floyd killing

A federal judge will this week sentence former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for federal civil rights violations in the killing of George Floyd. Judge Paul Magnuson on Tuesday set Chauvin’s sentencing for 2 p.m. Thursday in St. Paul. Chauvin’s plea agreement calls for a sentence of 20 to 25 years. Federal prosecutors last month asked for 25, saying his actions were cold-blooded and needless. Chauvin pleaded guilty in December, admitting for the first time that he knelt on Floyd’s neck resulting in his death. He has already been sentenced to 22 1/2 years on state murder and manslaughter charges.