National roundup: Judge’s decision ends photo ID voting law in Wisconsin

April 29
WISCONSIN
Judge’s decision ends photo ID voting law

A federal judge struck down Wisconsin’s voter identification law Tuesday, declaring that a requirement that voters show a state-issued photo ID at the polls imposes an unfair burden on poor and minority voters.

U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman sided with opponents of the law, who argued that low-income and minority voters aren’t as likely to have photo IDs or the documents needed to get them. Adelman said the law violated the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection.

Adelman’s decision invalidates Wisconsin’s law and means voter ID likely won’t be in place for the fall elections, when Gov. Scott Walker (R) faces reelection.

A Dane County judge had already blocked Wisconsin’s law in state court. The state Supreme Court heard arguments in two separate lawsuits in February. A judge in Arkansas last week declared that state’s new voter identification law unconstitutional, and a Pennsylvania judge in January struck down that state’s voter ID law.

— From news services

GEORGIA
FedEx worker found dead after shooting 6

A FedEx employee wearing ammunition draped across his chest “like Rambo” opened fire Tuesday at a package-sorting center outside Atlanta, wounding six people before apparently committing suicide, police and witnesses said.

In addition to a shotgun, the gunman also had an undisclosed number of Molotov cocktails, but he did not use them in the attack, police said.

The shooter, who was not publicly identified, was found dead inside. He worked as a package handler at the sprawling facility, police said.

Three of the wounded were hospitalized in critical condition, including two who were in surgery with life-threatening injuries.

— Associated Press

Christie picks Democrat for Port Authority post: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Tuesday put forth former state attorney general John Degnan, a registered Democrat, to be the next chairman of the embattled agency at the center of a traffic jams scandal. Degnan would replace David Samson, who resigned last month as chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Minn. man convicted for killing teen intruders: A Minnesota homeowner who shot and killed two teenagers during a break-in was quickly convicted of premeditated murder Tuesday. Byron Smith, 65, shot Nick Brady, 17, and Haile Kifer, 18, a total of nine times after they broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day 2012.

11 wounded in L.A. fire, explosion: Eleven workers were injured, two critically, on Tuesday in an explosion and fire at a Los Angeles-area metal polishing shop. It apparently was caused by an accumulation of dust and lint in an air duct, officials said.

— From news services

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