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Bridgegate for Scott Walker? Email Dump Airs Cronyism, Racism

Aide's emails tie governor to campaign law violations

(Newser) - Another huge setback for a Republican governor with ambitions for 2016: Some 27,000 emails were released yesterday relating to a probe that led to the arrest and conviction of former aides to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and some of them could prove highly damaging. Some key facts, as per... More »

Baby Who Vanished From Home Found Alive

Days-old baby discovered in tote bag at Iowa gas station

(Newser) - Little Kayden Powell is alive and seemingly well. Incredibly, police found the missing 5-day-old infant swaddled in a tote bag outside a gas station in Iowa this morning, reports CNN . Despite the cold weather, he appears to be fine, say authorities. Kayden's mom reported him missing yesterday morning when... More »

Days-Old Baby Vanishes From Home

Kayden Powell went missing from Wisconsin home yesterday

(Newser) - Brianna Marshall awoke at 4:30am yesterday morning to find her 4-day-old son, Kayden, had disappeared from his bassinet in the same room where she'd been sleeping, and phoned 911. That call has prompted a missing baby case in Beloit, Wis., that now has 40 federal, state, and local... More »

Nestle Drops Dairy Farm Over Animal Abuse

Undercover video shows sick cows stabbed, whipped

(Newser) - Top-selling frozen pizza brand DiGiorno and its cheese supplier cut ties with a Wisconsin dairy farm yesterday after an animal rights group released undercover video showing workers beating, kicking, stabbing, and whipping sick and injured cows. Wiese Brothers Farm owner Mark Wiese says that he fired two employees and assigned... More »

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,... More »

Man Guilty of Locking Up Daughter for Years

Chad Chritton's lawyer claimed he wasn't smart enough to pull it off

(Newser) - A Wisconsin man has been found guilty of keeping his daughter locked in the basement for 6 years, a time when she shrank to 68 pounds while scrounging for scraps and relieving herself in her own bed, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Chad Chritton, 42, faces up to 34 1/2... More »

9 Years Later, Missing Wis. Girl Found in Mexico

Connie McCallister and her 3 kids may make it home for Christmas

(Newser) - A Wausau, Wis., family may get an emotional Christmas gift this year: the return of their daughter and sister who's been missing for more than nine years. Connie McCallister, now 26, disappeared when she was 16 after she went to a party with her boyfriend, then 22, in 2004.... More »

Pregnant Ex-Addict Fights Law That Got Her Confined

After being hauled away in cuffs, Alicia Beltran challenges fetal protection law

(Newser) - When asked about her medical history during a prenatal checkup this July, Alicia Beltran was honest. She said she'd become addicted to Percocet last year, but had weened herself off it using the anti-addiction drug Suboxone, which she had finally stopped taking three days before her appointment. No, she... More »

Son of Slain Sikh Temple Leader Challenging Paul Ryan

Amar Kaleka will run for congress, he tells AP

(Newser) - Challenging Paul Ryan in next year's congressional election: Amar Kaleka, the son of the Sikh temple president who was slain in the Wisconsin temple shooting last year. Kaleka says the shooting, which also killed five others at the Milwaukee temple his father founded, was a turning point for him,... More »

Wisconsin Teen's Killer: 'I Would Call It Justice'

John Spooner convicted of killing 13-year-old

(Newser) - Wisconsin 76-year-old John Spooner was convicted this week of killing 13-year-old Darius Simmons in a case that featured questions on George Zimmerman . Now, Spooner has taken the stand as the court examines whether he suffered from insanity during the attack. When he offered his take on the story, jurors were... More »

Zimmerman's Name Uttered in Wisconsin Murder Trial

Potential jurors specifically asked about that case

(Newser) - George Zimmerman's name is popping up again in court—this time in a murder trial in Wisconsin. John Spooner, a 76-year-old white man, is accused of shooting and killing unarmed neighbor Darius Simmons, a 13-year-old black boy, in a case that some are likening to Zimmerman's. (Spooner's... More »

Judge Suspends Wisconsin's New Abortion Law

It set hospital-admitting rules for doctors performing procedure

(Newser) - On Friday, Gov. Scott Walker signed into law a bill requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals within a half-hour of their practices. Now a federal judge has temporarily halted the measure, citing "a troubling lack of justification for the hospital admitting-privileges requirement." The US... More »

Parents Who Prayed as Daughter Died Guilty of Homicide

Wisconsin's supreme court upholds convictions

(Newser) - A Wisconsin couple is headed either to jail or the US Supreme Court after a state court upheld their homicide convictions in the faith-healing death of their daughter, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . Dale and Leilani Neumann prayed over 11-year-old Madeline instead of calling a doctor as she died from... More »

Wis. Town Passes $114 Bullying Fine—for Parents

New Monona law would fine repeat bullies and their parents

(Newser) - A Wisconsin town might have finally figured out a way to deal with childhood bullies: fine their parents. As part of an anti-bullying ordinance that passed in Monona late last month, parents of repeat offenders can be ticketed by police and fined up to $114 the first time, and $177... More »

Are Gas Prices in Wisconsin ... Too Low?

State investigates whether gas stations broke law with $3.39-per-gallon price

(Newser) - Is it even possible for gas prices to be too low? Wisconsin says yes, and state authorities have stepped in to investigate after a month-long price war between local gas stations in Oconto County saw four stations offering prices as low as $3.39 a gallon this past week—nearly... More »

North Wisconsin Fire Biggest in 33 Years

It's burned through 8.7K acres

(Newser) - Firefighters have contained 90% of a wildfire in northwest Wisconsin, which has burned through 8,700 acres and 47 structures, including 17 houses. It's the biggest wildfire in northern Wisconsin in 33 years, WEAU reports. At least 60 people evacuated their homes last night, with 22 staying overnight in... More »

Woman, 76, Gets 10 Years for 1957 Murder of Daughter

Judge rejects leniency for Ruby Klakow of Wisconsin

(Newser) - Prosecutors wanted the judge to impose a 45-day jail sentence along with 10 years of probation. Instead, she gave 76-year-old Ruby Klokow of Sheboygan 10 years in prison after Klokow pleaded no contest to killing her infant daughter in 1957, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel . A lesser sentence would "... More »

Wisconsin Campus Shut Down Over Report of Gunman

Carroll University closed for rest of the day

(Newser) - Carroll University in Wisconsin briefly went into lockdown mode today after a man was spotted with a gun near its tennis courts, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports. The suspect was described as a man in a brown jacket and black hat in his 50s. The lockdown began at 11:15am and... More »

Guy Gets Banned From Every Library on Earth

Man was 'not trying to conceal' his lewd behavior: criminal complaint

(Newser) - Let's hope he's not a big reader. A 20-year-old man has been barred from "all the libraries on the face of the earth" for some rather inappropriate alleged behavior at one of them. Tyree S. Carter reportedly masturbated in a Wisconsin library one morning earlier this month;... More »

Wisconsin to Close Nude Beach, on Weekdays Only

It's one of the nation's most popular

(Newser) - Wisconsin is shutting down one of nation's most popular nude beaches, state authorities announced yesterday—but on weekdays only. Nudists from around the country have been traveling to the public beach on the Wisconsin River near Mazomanie, about 25 miles northwest of Madison, for decades as word spread that... More »

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