Wisconsin's Fourth District Court of Appeals rules that the state's controversial voter ID bill is constitutional, overturning a March 2012 decision by Dane County Judge Richard Niess. Lester Pines, the attorney representing the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin in challenging the law, says: "We're going to take some time and review the substance of the decision and decide whether or not to petition the Wisconsin Supreme Court."
The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee votes 12-4 to cut $250 million from Gov. Scott Walker's plan to borrow $1.1 billion for a variety of building projects. The committee asks the state's Building Commission to decide which projects to cut.
Police tentatively charge Brian C. Stowe, 28, with second-degree sexual assault of an unconscious victim for allegedly drugging and raping a 17-year-old girl last October. Dane County Assistant District Attorney Corey Stephan says there could be as many as eight victims who were drugged, raped and photographed by Stowe, based on pictures and videos allegedly found on Stowe's computer.
The city's Alcohol License Review Committee recommends renewing the licenses for Plan B, the Willy Street dance club that has been the subject of noise complaints from neighbors. The recommendation comes after the club reached an agreement with neighbors to soundproof its roof, with residents chipping in some of the money.
UW-Madison researchers publish a study in Health Affairs showing that, after the state expanded BadgerCare in 2009, previously uninsured people enrolled in the program received more outpatient care and had fewer hospitalizations.
The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee backs Gov. Walker in rejecting federal money to expand Medicaid, which would push almost 90,000 adults off BadgerCare into the private market. Critics say the decision will cost the state about $4.4 billion over the next six years.
District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announces that three officers involved in the shooting death of 43-year-old Brent E. Brozek last month won't faces charges. Madison Police officers Ryan Finnegan, Ryan Orvis and Scott Templeton fired 11 rounds at Brozek, who approached them with a sword after a standoff outside his condo on the east side. Ozanne says: "Responding to that threat with deadly force is permitted under the law."
After an all-night session, the Joint Finance Committee votes to nearly double Gov. Walker's proposed $343 million income tax cut and expand school vouchers statewide. The committee also agrees to allow school districts to spend an extra $150 per student.
Compiled, in part, from local media.