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Congressional primary debate set for Tuesday at UW-Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison and WISC-TV will host a debate between 2nd Congressional District Democratic primary candidates Tuesday.

Candidates participating in the forum are state Rep. Mark Pocan, state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, Iraq war veteran Matt Silverman and electronic security consultant Dennis Hall.

The four Democrats are vying for the seat currently occupied by Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Madison. Baldwin is running for U.S. Senate.

The debate will begin at 7 p.m. in the Plenary Room of Grainger Hall, 975 University Ave., at the UW-Madison School of Business. The event is open to the public, though seating is limited.

WISC-TV will air the debate on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 10 a.m. and on WISC-TV's sister channel, TVW, the same day at 7 p.m.

Neil Heinen, WISC-TV's editorial director, will moderate the debate.

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Police: Persons of interest identified in Ball attack

Madison police have released more details surrounding the attack on Montee Ball that left the star running back unconscious early Wednesday morning.

Police said there was a fight last Friday that involved many UW-Madison students and members of the Badgers football team. Police believe Ball was present at this fight, but do not believe he was involved in the actual fight.

Police did not reveal where this fight took place, but did say one person involved had to be treated at a local hospital, from where he has since been released.

Police said no charges have yet been filed from that encounter, but said there was a potential for charges to be filed. Police said would not be releasing specific details on the people involved in that fight.

As for the attack on Ball, police said they have developed several persons of interest in Wednesday's attack.

Police continue to investigate attack on Montee Ball

Copies of 911 recordings obtained by WISC-TV are giving more details about the severity of the attack on University of Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.

Ball was attacked Wednesday morning at around bar time by five men on the 500 block of University Avenue. Police said Ball was walking home with two friends after a night of socializing when the unprovoked attack happened.

"I'm on the corner of University and Frances, and some guy just hit Montee," one 911 caller said, identifying herself as a friend of Ball's.

In the background, others can be heard saying, "Montee, can you hear me?" The caller told the 911 operator that Ball was opening and closing his eyes.

Ball suffered a concussion and several facial injuries. Witnesses said he was knocked unconscious during the attack.

Reality Check: Roys ad attacks fellow Democrat Pocan

Candidates in the 2nd Congressional District race are running television ads, with one of them alleging a quid-pro-quo in the state Legislature.

In an aggressive attempt to define her opponent in a four-way Democratic primary, state Rep. Kelda Roys essentially accuses state Rep. Mark Pocan of pay-to-play politics.

"Remember Mark Pocan? The politician who caved in on voting for tax giveaways to big corporations," a narrator says in the ad.

A WISC-TV analysis found this misleading. Roys is referring to bills which each passed 82-12 last year, with the majority of Democrats voting for them, including Pocan.

One bill wiped out income taxes for two years for companies that moved to Wisconsin.

The second bill expanded the state's economic development tax credits by $25 million. That program was actually started in 2009 and was created by a bill that Roys voted for in the state Legislature.

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Police stun protester with Taser at Concerts on the Square

A man protesting state government leaders at Concerts on the Square on Wednesday is facing charges after he wouldn't stop yelling profanities and struggled with officers, Madison police said.

The incident happened at 5:30 p.m. before the start of the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's outdoor concert on the Capitol Square.

Police said William Gruber, 47, of Madison, was yelling profanities about state government leaders and Nazis, and when police asked him to stop being disruptive, he began to weave in and around families that were seated on their blankets and preparing for the concert to begin.

Officers finally caught Gruber, as he continued to yell, "These cops are trying to arrest me and I have pot in my pocket," and he struggled with officers as they attempted to take him into custody, according to a Madison Police Department incident report.

Grand jury: Madison man threatened to bomb Dem HQ

A federal grand jury has indicted a Madison man on a charge of phoning in threats to the state Democratic Party's headquarters.

Federal prosecutors charged 61-year-old William Diederich in a complaint in May with using a telephone to threaten to damage a building and kill or injure people with explosives. The grand jury indictment returned on Wednesday formalized the charge.

According to court documents, Diederich made more than 100 calls to the party's Madison office between January and May, the height of the drive to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Court documents allege that he threatened to blow up the Democrats' office, shoot anyone who ran against Walker and take head shots at Democrats walking around the state Capitol square.

Diederich's attorney said he hadn't seen the indictment and declined comment.

Southwest Bike Path closing next week

The city of Madison will be closing the Southwest bike path near North Orchard Street for construction next week.

The city said they plan to close the path at Orchard next Wednesday starting at 7 a.m. They hope to reopen the path to pedestrian and bicycle traffic by Saturday at 7 a.m.

An "on street" detour will be provided at N. Randall St., W. Dayton St. and Mills St.