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Wisconsin roundup: State's Dems expect convention to end with unity; no bench experience for Walker's Supreme Court pick; 11 more state news stories

PHILADELPHIA -- Wisconsin Democrats will cast a split vote for president at their party's convention in Philadelphia this week.

But by the time it's all over, they expect to be more unified behind Hillary Clinton than Republicans were in giving Donald Trump his send off last week. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin says she expects a more upbeat message that focuses more on what the Democrats have to offer -- as opposed to the GOP gathering, in which Baldwin said a lot of time seemed to be spent on attacks against Clinton.

Bernie Sanders received almost 57-percent of the vote and Clinton 43-percent in Wisconsin's April 5 Democratic primary. But the state's convention vote is expected to be be much closer, with 49 for Sanders and 47 for Clinton, as uncommitted party leaders known as "super delegates" helped reduce the margin.

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Walker chooses Waukesha lawyer for state Supreme Court

MADISON -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has chosen a Waukesha commercial litigation lawyer for the upcoming open seat on the state Supreme Court. Retirement for Justice David Prosser becomes official at the end of this month.

Daniel Kelly comes to the state's high court without any experience as a judge, but that was true for Prosser as well. At a news conference announcing the decision, Walker pointed to Kelly's perfect record of wins in his appearances before the court Kelly is about to join.

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State GOP delegates head home more unified, but not totally

CLEVELAND -- Wisconsin GOP convention delegates return home more unified behind Donald Trump, but not totally.

Conservative blogger and former state official David Blaska says he's "swallowing hard" and dedicating his vote to Trump's running mate Mike Pence. Blaska says one of the best things Trump has going for him is that Democrat Hillary Clinton would give the U.S. Supreme Court a liberal tilt if she's the one to appoint the replacement to the late conservative justice Antonin Scalia.

But Racine alternate delegate Bill Folk does not buy that. He tells the Wisconsin State Journal the nation "needs to grow up" more in order to support the values he believes in -- and he's thinking about voting for Libertarian Gary Johnson. Walker and others say voters who don't choose Trump or stay home are voting for Clinton -- but Folk says "so be it," as long he doesn't vote for her.

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Speed may have caused crash that killed 2 football camp staffers

WAUKESHA -- Waukesha County sheriff's investigators say high speed may have been a factor in a traffic crash that killed two football camp instructors.

Nebraska senior punter Sam Foltz, and former Michigan State punter Michael Sadler died in the Saturday night crash -- and LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was taken to a Waukesha hospital in an undisclosed condition. Deputies say the vehicle, reportedly driven by Sadler, was on a road in the town of Merton when it lost control on wet pavement and hit a tree in a 30 mph zone -- and neighbors told WITI-TV the vehicle burst into flames upon impact.

The three victims were staffers at the 16th annual Kohl's National Invitational Scholarship Camp for high school punters and kickers, held at Kettle Moraine High School in Wales. Hundreds attended a prayer vigil Sunday for the 22-year-old Foltz was held outside Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Tomah VA drug death victim's parents respond to bill signing

STEVENS POINT -- The parents of a Stevens Point Marine who died from a mix of medications at the VA Hospital in Tomah say they hope to have a private meeting with President Barack Obama.

The president signed a bill Friday that tightens prescription guidelines at Tomah and other VA hospitals -- and it was named in Simcakoski's honor. The Marine's parents tell WAOW-TV in Wausau their son will go down in history as someone who will make a difference to veterans throughout the nation.

Linda Simcakoski says the bill signing marks the end of a "long journey" in which the couple sought changes at the VA following Jason's death in August of 2014. They also say they want to hold an event in central Wisconsin to remember their son and celebrate the accomplishment of the new law.

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Woman drowns in fast-moving river

SAND CREEK -- A 43-year-old woman has drowned in a fast moving river in western Wisconsin.

Dunn County sheriff's deputies were called Sunday afternoon after the woman went missing from a boat landing at Riverside Park on the Red Cedar River near Sand Creek. Rescue crews in an airboat later found the woman downstream, and she died at a landing zone where a helicopter was going to pick her up and take her to a hospital.

Deputies say alcohol may have been a partial cause, along with the swift moving river. The victim's name was not immediately released.

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Wisconsin dries up, cools off after stormy week

After a hot and stormy week, Wisconsin is getting some big time relief.

The National Weather Service says no place in the Badger State will get any hotter than the mid 80s Monday, after heat index levels exceeded 100 last week across much of the state.

Meanwhile, the lights are all back on in northern Wisconsin where thousands were without power from heavy storms last Monday night and Thursday morning.

About 260 electric customers in the Madison area and Rock and Juneau counties were in the dark as of 6:30 a.m. Monday. After muggy nights last week, Monday's lows are expected to be in the 50s and 60s, with more rain moving into the northwest tomorrow Tuesday.

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Plane crash on eve of EAA Air Venture

OSHKOSH -- Federal officials are investigating the cause of a small plane crash at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, where the week long EAA Air Venture show begins Monday.

An EAA spokesman says the craft went down a little after6 p.m. Sunday, and it never left the north/south runway where it landed. The pilot was said to be conscious and alert when taken to a hospital. The east/west runway reopened for about one hour Sunday evening, but the other main runway did not reopen before the airport's scheduled closing time of eight. A number of planes scheduled to land at the site were diverted to other airports in the area.

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Appleton teen enjoys 'last dance' before she dies

Appleton, WI) -- A dying 14-year-old girl in Appleton has been given her last wish.

More than 1,000 people, including strangers from as far away as California, attended a prom during the weekend to honor Jerika Bolen. She decided earlier this summer that she would unhook a ventilator and end her life, as her brain and spinal cord cells deteriorate from spinal muscular atrophy.

But first, Jerika wanted to dance one more time -- and she did so before numerous well wishers. She received cards and flowers from around the world, and her favorite boy band -- New District -- made a video that was shown during the prom.

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Sex offenders accused of assaulting girl, 17

MADISON -- Dane County authorities say three of the four men accused of assaulting a 17-year-old girl were convicted sex offenders who were living at a Department of Corrections house in Blooming Grove.

Thirty-two-year-old James Phillips, 25-year-old Reginald Patton and 22-year-old Stephon Hiler were previously convicted of sex crimes against children. Those three and 18-year-old Nathan Thompson are charged with second-degree sexual assault of an intoxicated victim.

The girl says she was attacked July 7 or early in the morning the following day. The men have a preliminary hearing scheduled for Thursday.

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Two arrested after chase and police-involved shooting

GRAND CHUTE -- Appleton police report two men have been arrested in an incident which started with a shoplifting report.

When Grand Chute police responded, one of the suspects is accused of stealing a squad car, backing it into another police vehicle, injuring a police supervisor, and speeding from the scene while an officer shot at him.

The chase passed through three counties before the 36-year-old man was arrested. The second man, 25 years old, walked away during the commotion, but he was captured later. No names have been released.

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Walker continues to reduce presidential campaign debt

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Gov. Scott Walker continues to reduce what he owes from his unsuccessful campaign for the White House.

His latest federal report shows that he still owed almost $735,000 as of June 30 for the Republican White House campaign that officially lasted 71 days before Walker bowed out last September. That was when he owed an estimated $1 million. His report says he paid off another $81,000 of debt last month -- and he returned about $6,500 to donors.

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Crash sends 6 to the hospital

BONDUEL -- Shawano County authorities say a crash involving two sport utility vehicles sent six people to area hospitals.

Several of the injured were children. Investigators say the vehicles were carrying a group of Boy Scouts. One SUV was towing a trailer. When it went out of control near Bonduel, it was hit by the second SUV and both ran off the road.

One adult was airlifted to a Green Bay hospital for treatment of a head injury. No names were released. The injuries aren't thought to be life-threatening.

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