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Wisconsin Toddlers Could Soon Legally Shoot Guns

Lawmakers vote to eliminate minimum hunting age

(Newser) - Residents of any age, no matter how young, could legally hunt in Wisconsin under a bill the state Assembly passed that eliminates the state's minimum hunting age, the AP reports. Currently, a resident must be at least 12 years old to purchase a hunting license or hunt with a... More »

Don't Tie Children to Car Roofs to Hold Down Plastic Pools

Wisconsin mom charged with felony

(Newser) - A Wisconsin woman is facing charges after her 9-year-old son was tied to the roof of their minivan to help hold down a plastic pool, the AP reports. Prosecutors allege 28-year-old Amber Schmunk had her son hold down the molded pool they'd just purchased because it wouldn't fit... More »

Man Locked in Beer Cooler Makes the Best of It: Police

Police say Jeremy Van Ert spent all night drinking in store's walk-in cooler

(Newser) - Police say a 38-year-old man played it a little too cool after getting locked in a walk-in beer cooler overnight Tuesday in Wisconsin. The Daily Tribune reports the man entered the cooler at a Kwik Trip convenience store in Marshfield around 11:50pm. The cooler automatically locks at midnight and... More »

Kit Kat Quesadilla May Soon Come to a Taco Bell Near You

Or maybe one stuffed with Twix, if the chain's test goes well

(Newser) - If Taco Bell can stuff a tortilla with three different types of Doritos, why not a candy bar filling for a quesadilla? Consumerist reports the latest offering from the taco chain is a "Chocoladilla" packed with bits of melted Kit Kats or Twix. And all that mouthwatering goodness will... More »

Man on Trial for Gun Thefts Wishes He Died in Shootout

Joseph Jakubowski sent anti-government manifesto to President Trump

(Newser) - A man accused of stealing an arsenal of firearms from a Wisconsin gun shop and sending an anti-government manifesto to President Trump says he wishes he had died in a gun battle with police, the AP reports. Joseph Jakubowski said his 10 days on the run last April were the... More »

Wisconsin Mom Says Swearing at Son Is Free Speech

Ginger Breitzman is appealing jail sentence

(Newser) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court is deciding whether a mother's profane tirade against her 14-year-old son for burning popcorn amounted to free speech. Ginger Breitzman, 44, argued this week that her language wasn't inciting violence or a true threat and therefore is protected speech, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.... More »

After 3 Years, 'Slender Man' Trial Begins

Jury to decide if Anissa Weier suffered from mental illness at time of attack

(Newser) - It's been more than three years since Payton Leutner was stabbed 19 times by two friends in a Wisconsin park in the "Slender Man" stabbing, and this week a jury hears testimony to decide if one of her attackers was mentally competent at the time. Opening statements began... More »

Analysts: Wis. Won't Break Even on Foxconn Deal for Decades

State won't see benefits until 2042 at the earliest

(Newser) - President Trump says a deal to bring a $10 billion Foxconn plant to Wisconsin will bring "magnificent decades "—but analysts warn that it could be decades before the state sees any benefit from the deal. The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, which provides analysis for the state legislature,... More »

Cubs Fan Tells Chris Christie He Sucks, Christie Reacts

NJ governor caught on tape confronting heckler at Cubs-Brewers game

(Newser) - Chris Christie isn't exactly the most popular New Jerseyan these days. First the Garden State's governor ticked off residents by shutting down state parks over the July 4 weekend before enjoying the beach at one of them himself . Then he got "booed lustily" at a Cardinals-Mets game... More »

Wisconsin Gov. to Foxconn Plant Critics: 'Go Suck Lemons'

He calls it a once-a-generation opportunity

(Newser) - "There's a whole lot of people out there scrambling to try and come up with a reason not to like this," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday of a $10 billion Foxconn electronics factory under proposal in his state. "I can tell you, that's fine... More »

$10B Wis. Project Will Bring 'Magnificent Decades': Trump

President says Foxconn deal wouldn't have happened without him

(Newser) - President Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history. The announcement comes at a critical juncture for a Trump administration that pledged to generate manufacturing jobs... More »

Flooding Destroys All Wisconsin Bank's Cash

Bank's president says the Fed has to replace it

(Newser) - Flooding last week destroyed all the cash in the vault of a southeastern Wisconsin bank. Fox River State Bank president Keith Polleck won't disclose exactly how much money was ruined, but he says the Federal Reserve will have to replace every dollar, the AP reports. Polleck toells WISN-TV that... More »

Mystery Death at Resort Has Family Seeking Answers

Abbey Conner's parents, brother don't think her January death in Mexico was an accident

(Newser) - Shortly after arriving at the Iberostar Paraiso del Mar resort near Playa del Carmen, Mexico, in January, John and Ginny McGowan left their adult son and daughter at a pool with plans to meet them in the hotel lobby for dinner an hour and a half later. But Abbey Conner,... More »

His Pal Rigged the Lottery. He Used Winnings for More Scams

But in ironic twist, Robert Rhodes himself was duped by insurer he sent his cash to

(Newser) - After Robert Rhodes collected a Wisconsin Lottery jackpot that had been rigged by a friend, he used the windfall for an investment scheme that produced more undeserved government money, court records show. Rhodes and Eddie Tipton, former security director for the Multi-State Lottery Association, recently pleaded guilty to rigging the... More »

Pilot Spoke of 'Weather Phenomenon' Before Deadly Crash

6 killed in Wisconsin Cessna crash

(Newser) - The pilot of a Cessna 421 and all five passengers were killed early Saturday when the aircraft crashed in a forest in northern Wisconsin, authorities say. National Transportation Safety Board investigators say the pilot mentioned a "weather phenomenon" to air traffic controllers shortly before the plane dropped off the... More »

Escaped Elephant Strolls Through Neighborhood

Kelly escaped from the Circus World Museum in Wisconsin

(Newser) - The pachyderm was a startling sight for residents of one small Wisconsin neighborhood. The AP reports a full-grown elephant sauntered through Baraboo early Friday morning on a brief walk of freedom. The mammoth creature more suited for the "big top" clashed with the quiet residential neighborhood. Law enforcement officers... More »

Fiery Blimp Crash Shocks Witnesses Near US Open

Witness says pilot parachuted to safety

(Newser) - "It started deflating, and then it started going down," witness Bryan Rosine tells the Journal Sentinel . "Then there was a bunch of kabooms and smoke clouds." One person is reportedly injured after an advertising blimp crashed Thursday near the US Open at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.... More »

Making a Murderer Lawyer Makes Stunning Accusation

She says ex-boyfriend was the real killer

(Newser) - A lawyer for Steven Avery requested a new trial Wednesday and made a stunning accusation in the case made famous by Making a Murderer: Kathleen Zellner's 1,272-page filing claims Ryan Hillegas, ex-boyfriend of murder victim Teresa Halbach, is the real killer. Hillegas led the volunteer search for Halbach... More »

America's 10 Drunkest Cities

What gives, Wisconsin?

(Newser) - While Utah is home to a few of the least boozy cities in the country, Wisconsin houses more than a few of the drunkest, according to 24/7 Wall St . The site lists the booziest cities in the US based on excessive drinking rates, the number of bars, and driving deaths... More »

3 States Could Resume Hunting Wolves This Fall

Lawmakers from Great Lakes states want protections lifted

(Newser) - Gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan could again find themselves in hunters' crosshairs—possibly as soon as this fall if federal protections are removed for the predators. A ruling is expected soon from an appeals court that recently lifted protections for wolves in Wyoming. In Congress, wolf-hunting supporters aren'... More »

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