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Conservative group pulls candidate's support

BARABOO, Wis. (AP) - A Baraboo attorney running for the state Assembly says a conservative group pulled its support because of another endorsement from a gay rights group.

In July, the Wisconsin Family Action's Political Action Committee announced its endorsement of Republican Ashton Kirsch in the 81st Assembly District race. The group's director issued a statement this week saying Kirsch's position on marriage doesn't align with that of the Wisconsin Family Action.

The Baraboo News Republic reports Kirsch was endorsed by the Log Cabin Republicans of Wisconsin on Aug. 14. It's a conservative group that supports the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Kirsch says Wisconsin Family Action wasn't OK with the endorsement from the Log Cabin Republicans.


Taverns refile discrimination lawsuit against city

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - Five taverns in Racine have refiled a discrimination lawsuit against the city which claims officials conspired to drive minority bar owners out of the city.

A federal judge last month dismissed the plaintiff's original lawsuit, saying it was too vague. The bar owners claim Mayor John Dickert and other local officials were involved in an elaborate plot to bankroll the mayor's campaign while conspiring to drive minority tavern owners out of the city.

The amended complaint cuts out one bar owner from the list of plaintiffs and drops four defendants.

Deputy City Attorney Scott Letteney tells The Journal Times the city and other defendants now have 21 days to file a response to the complaint.


Soldier killed in Afghanistan native of Wisconsin

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. (AP) - An Army paratrooper who was born in central Wisconsin has died while serving in Afghanistan.

Sgt. First Class Matthew Leggett served with the 18th Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Relatives in Wisconsin tell Daily Tribune Media that the 39-year-old Leggett was born in Wisconsin Rapids and still has extended family in the area.

Cousin Jerry Leggett says Matthew's father grew up in Nekoosa and also had a career in the military. He now lives in Texas.

The Department of Defense says Leggett died Wednesday, but didn't say how. Leggett enlisted in the Army in1995 and has served three combat tours. He was the recipient of numerous awards and decorations, including a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart for wounds sustained in combat.


Weather service confirms Wisconsin tornado

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) - The National Weather Service says a tornado this week was the first to hit ground in north central and northeastern Wisconsin this summer.

Post-Crescent Media reports the service confirmed on Thursday that Monday's storms generated the tornado. Green Bay meteorologist Jeff Last says it was relatively weak and touched down about 3 miles northeast of Winchester. It felled trees and caused other light damage.

Another weak tornado briefly touched down in Lake Winnebago near Oshkosh on July 27. There are typically six or seven tornadoes in the area during the summer.

The National Weather Service Green Bay office has issued about half the average number of warnings this season.

Last says cooler temperatures have reduced thunderstorms' strength, but the area has seen above-average rainfall.


NE Wis. girl meets donor who saved her life

HOWARD, Wis. (AP) - A northeastern Wisconsin girl who suffered from a rare disease has finally met the man who saved her life.

Mira Erdmann, of Howard, was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that affects about one in a million people about three years ago. Doctors said a bone marrow transplant was her only chance of survival.

Chrestean Werth of Germany found out he was a match just three months after he became a donor. His stem cells were harvested and sent to Mira's doctors in the U.S.

Mira received the transplant and pulled through despite several complications and a tentative outcome.

WBAY-TV reports Werth and his wife flew to Wisconsin to meet with the Erdmanns this week.

Mira's mom, Tania Erdmann, says Mira and Werth are two peas in a pod.


Wisconsin shelter pauses cat adoptions after virus

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - Cat adoptions will be temporarily suspended at the Wisconsin Humane Society shelter in Racine after four cats tested positive for a contagious and often fatal disease.

The Journal Times reports cat adoptions will resume Sept. 2. A Wisconsin Humane Society spokeswoman says adoptions of dogs and other animals won't be affected because the disease is only transmissible to cats.

The four cats that tested positive were euthanized or have died from the disease, called feline panleukopenia (pan-loo-kah-PEE'-nee-ah) virus. The 120 cats at the Racine shelter will be tested for antibodies and observed.

The Wisconsin Humane Society last saw a case of the virus in 2012 in Milwaukee. It is advising people who recently adopted cats to look for signs of the virus including lethargy, vomiting and loss of appetite.

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