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WISCONSIN NEWS ROUND-UP: Fourth of July weekend so far a safe one in Wisconsin

Wisconsinites gathered across the state last night to celebrate the 4th of July. So far, early reports show the several displays of fireworks over the skies of the Badger State went off without incident.

In a statement , Governor Scott Walker says yesterday’s celebrations honored the hard-earned freedoms we enjoy as Americans. He added that our independence comes at the price of great sacrifices made by our forefathers, as well as the sacrifices of the men and women who have fought for this great nation and of those who continue to serve today.


The defense attorney of a 12-year-old girl, accused of stabbing her classmate for a fictional character, says his client should not submit to a psychological exam. Prosecutors in the Waukesha County Court were granted the request on Wednesday, upsetting defense attorney Anthony Cotton. He says the request involved questions regarding the case, which would violate the girl’s right to remain silent. Two doctors, a defense-appointed and state-appointed, will conduct the exam. The case has the attention of the nation, after the girl allegedly committed the act to please Slender Man, a fictional online character.


Federal officials want tougher standards for warning the public about water contamination on beaches in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Shahla Werner with the Sierra Club in Wisconsin notes that a recent ranking found Wisconsin's beaches the eighth worse in the nation for water quality. The EPA says swimmers can make their own choices but should be informed about risk of illness. But Werner notes states which don't implement the tougher standards run the risk of losing money to test beach water quality. The recent report from the Environmental Defense fund said 14 percent of Wisconsin’s water samples failed to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards for safe beach swimming waters.


Authorities in Rock County have arrested an Illinois homicide suspect. Beloit Police say the 36-year-old suspect led officers on a high-speed case through the county, before giving up. Illinois authorities say he’s wanted in connection with the homicides of 44-year-old Tonya Bargman and 37-year-old Todd Hansmeier.