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WISCONSIN NEWS BRIEFS: Hundreds show up for cancelled rights march

WAUSAU - About 300 people walked a gay rights march in Wausau yesterday afternoon.

Event organizers say the march went without incident and was very festive. A previous gay rights march was cancelled after its organizer, Daxx Bouvier, says there were fears for the safety of the participants after comments made by a city council member.


A line of thunderstorms made its way through the state last night, and the National Weather Service says more storms are on their way today. NWS says the strong line of storms made its way throughout most of the state, with severe storms in Jefferson and Dodge counties clocking winds at 60 miles per hour. Forecasters say additional storms, some severe, are expected today and for much of the week.


A new Miss Wisconsin was crowned last night. After three days of competition in Oshkosh, Miss Madison-Capital City’s Paula Mae Kuiper will represent the Badger State in the Miss America Pageant and also won a $10,000 scholarship. Kuiper will also tour the state to promote her platform.


Chicago Police are investigating the apparent murder-suicide of a Wisconsin couple at a hotel on Saturday night. The Chicago Tribune reports the couple have been identified as 56-year-old James Wright Jr. of Milwaukee and 46-year-old Kim Wright of Oconomowoc. While an investigation continues and Chicago police are not releasing many details, authorities from the Cook County medical examiner’s office believe Kim shot James, then killed herself.


Ozaukee County authorities are investigating another hanging death in a jail cell. Authorities say 42-year-old Sonia Mojica of Port Washington was found hanging in her cell last Sunday. Mojica was on life support and in critical condition, she passed away yesterday. This marks the second hanging death at the Ozaukee County Jail this month. On June 9, a South Carolina woman was found hanging in her cell – she died on the scene. In both cased, authorities say the women were screened and did not pose a suicide risk. 


If you were up early this morning around 6:30 – don’t worry, the moon was just passing by. This morning’s “super moon” was a combination of a full moon and its closest orbit to the earth. According to NASA, the natural occurrence happens about once every 14 full moons in a full cycle. The next time the moon will get close to the earth again is August 2014.