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Federal judge rules ban on overpass signs legal

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that a ban on signs on a western Wisconsin interstate overpass is constitutional.

Two members of the La Crosse tea party filed a lawsuit in 2013 alleging a Town of Campbell ordinance prohibiting signs on an Interstate 90 overpass violates their free speech rights. The town enacted the ordinance several weeks after the tea party staged several protests on the overpass, citing concerns about distracted drivers.

U.S. District Judge William Conley ruled June 16 that the ordinance is constitutional. Conley found the ban is content-neutral, it's narrowly crafted to serve the government's interest in traffic safety and it doesn't prohibit the protesters from using other means to reach people.

An attorney for the tea party members says they plan to appeal.

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