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News Minute: Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A same-sex couple has asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court to strike down the state's gay marriage ban. Katherine Halopka-Ivery and Linda Halopka-Ivery filed a lawsuit directly with the high court today, bypassing the trial and appellate courts. The lawsuit says the couple lives in Milwaukee County and married in San Diego, California.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Liberal rocker John Mellencamp wants conservative Republican Governor Scott Walker to know he supports union rights and says Walker should think about that before using his songs on the campaign trail. During a recall campaign in 2012, Walker played the Mellencamp song "Small Town." When Walker launched his re-election campaign on Tuesday, he played "Pink Houses."

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill that will allow University of Wisconsin institutions to perform classified national security research. Current UW System and UW-Madison policies bar researchers from performing work on campus that can't be published, prohibiting them from doing classified government projects on campus.

ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. (AP) - A western Wisconsin sheriff's deputy who was shot and paralyzed in 1991 has died and will be buried with full law enforcement honors on the 23rd anniversary of the shooting. Polk County Sheriff Peter Johnson says 50-year-old former deputy Michael Seversen died Monday at his home in St. Croix Falls. The Star Tribune reports a funeral is being planned for 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19th at the St. Croix Falls High School.

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