Wisconsin

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Wisconsin Makes Move to Weaken Incoming Governor, AG

Legislature is controlled by Republicans; incoming governor and AG are Democrats

(Newser) - The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature has approved a sweeping package of bills weakening the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general, the AP reports. The state Assembly approved the lame-duck legislation Wednesday morning. The Wisconsin Senate did the same less than three hours earlier after lawmakers worked through most of the night.... More »

Scott Walker Booed at Tree-Lighting Ceremony

Lame-duck legislative session has angered protesters

(Newser) - Demonstrators booed outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday during a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony, a sign of tumult as Republicans in the Legislature met to push through measures to gut the powers of his Democratic successor. The Legislature met deep into the night Tuesday to pass a series of bills,... More »

Officials: Boys Who Appear to Give Nazi Salute Protected

Baraboo Superintendent cites their First Amendment rights

(Newser) - Officials with a Wisconsin school district say free-speech rights would make it difficult to discipline students who appeared in a photograph that showed several high school boys giving what appears to be a Nazi salute . The State Journal reports that Baraboo Superintendent Lori Mueller said in a letter to parents... More »

Girl Who Railed Against Gun Violence: 'Mama, I'm Shot'

Sandra Parks' words ring true: 'Little children are victims'

(Newser) - "We are in a state of chaos" where "little children are victims of senseless gun violence," Sandra Parks wrote in an award-winning essay, part of a 2016 contest honoring Martin Luther King Jr. The 13-year-old has now become one of the number. The Milwaukee native was watching... More »

After Mom's Arrest, Girl Left in Vehicle Overnight

Workers at the impound lot eventually heard her crying

(Newser) - A 4-year-old girl spent a cold night alone in a vehicle at an impound lot after her mom was arrested for alleged drunk driving. The van was towed to the Milwaukee lot around 12:30am Tuesday after police removed a 10-month-old child from the vehicle but missed the girl, WBTV... More »

Merry Christmas, Staff, Enjoy Your New ... Handguns

Wisconsin company is offering unique end-of-year bonus to its workers

(Newser) - The employees at BenShot could've received an end-of-year cash bonus as a Christmas gift from their employer. Instead of giving workers $500 to pocket, however, the Wisconsin company wanted to try something different by offering a "perfect" present to each of its 16 full-time employees: a handgun. It'... More »

Cops: Driver in Girl Scouts Crash Was 'Huffing'

Colton Treu told police he was inhaling chemical vapors before crash that killed 4

(Newser) - Police think they know why the driver of a pickup veered off the road Saturday morning and struck a group of Girl Scouts with fatal consequences : Authorities in Wisconsin's Chippewa County say Colton Treu, 21, admitted that he was huffing—or inhaling chemical vapors—shortly before the crash that... More »

Pickup Kills 3 Girl Scouts, Adult Picking Up Trash

Another girl is in critical condition in Wisconsin

(Newser) - It's another hard-to-fathom road accident involving kids . A pickup truck in rural Wisconsin veered off the road Saturday morning and struck a group of Girl Scouts and their chaperones who were picking up trash, reports the NBC News . Three fourth-graders and one adult woman were killed, and a fourth... More »

Cops: Burglar Caught With Missing Girl's Clothes

But authorities say Kyle Jaenke-Annis isn't suspect in Jayme Closs's disappearance

(Newser) - Prosecutors have charged a man with burglarizing a Wisconsin home where a couple was killed and their 13-year-old daughter went missing , but authorities say he's not a suspect in the case. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says 32-year-old Kyle Jaenke-Annis was arrested over the weekend at the home of... More »

Community Says Goodbye to Missing Girl's Parents

And reward doubles in search for Jayme Closs

(Newser) - The reward for bringing back a missing Wisconsin girl doubled Friday as a grieving community said goodbye to her parents, ABC News reports. The reward for helping find 13-year-old Jayme Closs rose to $50,000 from $25,000 with the help of Jennie-O Turkey Store, a company where Jayme's... More »

Obama Has Been Fairly Quiet on Trump. Not on Friday

Former president blasts current one in Detroit, Milwaukee on Friday, never says Trump's name

(Newser) - Former President Barack Obama criticized President Trump's tenure in office Friday in fiery speeches in Milwaukee and Detroit that took aim at him and other Republicans for "making stuff up." The speeches, made during visits meant to urge people to vote for Democratic candidates in Michigan and... More »

Cops Get 800 Tips in Search for Missing Teen

Sheriff believes Wisc.'s Jayme Closs is still alive, but so far nationwide search has turned up nothing

(Newser) - "Every second counts" in the search for Jayme Closs , and authorities say they've so far received about 800 tips on the disappearance of the Wisconsin teen. The 5-foot-tall 13-year-old with strawberry-blond hair and green eyes was found to be missing early Monday when cops responded to a 911... More »

Huge Search Finds No Trace of Missing Teen

100 volunteers joined search for Jaymee Closs clues

(Newser) - Plenty of people answered the call when Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald asked for 100 able-bodied volunteers to search for "missing and endangered" teen Jayme Closs on Thursday—but the search along a 14-mile stretch of Highway 8 near Barron, Wis., didn't find anything that could provide a... More »

Sheriff: Missing Teen Was Home When Parents Killed

He says 'every second counts' in search for Jayme Closs

(Newser) - The parents of a missing 13-year-old western Wisconsin girl were shot to death, and Jayme Closs was apparently home at the time, the sheriff says. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Wednesday that the deaths of James and Denise Closs early Monday have been ruled homicides, USA Today reports. He... More »

Man Charged in Wife's 1975 Disappearance

Richard Pierce "had motive and opportunity," authorities say

(Newser) - Richard Gale Pierce said he arrived home on Sept. 8, 1975, to the trailer he shared with his wife in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and found that she had left him. Eighty-two days passed before he reported Carol Jean Pierce, 35, missing, telling police that she had left before and returned... More »

Nurse Charged With Injuring Infants at Intensive Care Unit

Injuries included broken bones and bruises

(Newser) - Wisconsin prosecutors charged a former nurse Thursday with abusing multiple infants in a Madison hospital's intensive care unit, the AP reports, accusing him of bruising them and breaking their bones. Christopher Kaphaem faces 19 felony child abuse counts involving nine infants. All but one of the counts carries a... More »

4 People Hurt in Shooting at Wisconsin Business

Suspected shooter was also critically injured

(Newser) - Four people were shot and wounded during a shooting Wednesday at a software company in a suburb of Madison, Wisconsin, according to a city administrator. The suspected shooter was also injured critically during the late-morning shooting at WTS Paradigm in Middleton, City Administrator Mike Davis said. He said police have... More »

Mom Only Survivor in Family Kayaking Trip Gone Wrong

Cari Mews loses husband, 3 children in Lake Superior tragedy

(Newser) - It was a small flash of light, likely from her cellphone, that helped rescuers locate Cari Mews in Lake Superior Thursday night, suffering from hypothermia six hours after her kayak had capsized. But while the 29-year-old Wisconsin mom was lucky to be found in time, the other members of her... More »

Happy Ending for Boy Swept Underwater in Wisconsin Floods

He nearly drowned in drainage ditch, but was rescued

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy nearly drowned in a waterlogged Wisconsin drainage ditch before an eagle-eyed firefighter pulled him to safety after another round of storms pounded the southern half of the state. The Calumet County Sheriff's Office said the boy was playing with friends in a flooded drainage ditch after... More »

Cops: Roofer Kills Co-Worker With Circular Saw

St. Louis man allegedly kills longtime friend

(Newser) - A roofer has been accused of gruesomely murdering his co-worker using a tool of the trade. The Pierce County Herald reports that 24-year-old Miguel Angel Franco Navarro faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide and mayhem in the death of 37-year-old Israel Valles-Flores. Authorities in Wisconsin say that his weapon of... More »

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