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Jury deliberations to begin in kidnapped-baby case

Jury deliberations to begin in kidnapped-baby case

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Jurors are set to begin deliberating in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures. The testimony phase finished Wednesday. The prosecution and defense will give closing statements Thursday, and jurors will begin considering a kidnapping charge against […]

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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds 2011 union law

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election. The court upheld the law 5-2 Thursday under a challenge filed by the Madison teachers union and a union representing Milwaukee […]

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Prosecution rests in Wisconsin kidnapping case

Prosecution rests in Wisconsin kidnapping case

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The prosecution has rested in the federal trial of a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her half-sister’s newborn in Wisconsin and abandoning the baby in Iowa. One of the prosecution’s last witnesses in Kristen Smith’s trial Wednesday was FBI special agent Jodi Jewett. She said she was with the parents of […]

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State chamber issues statement on outsourcing

State chamber issues statement on outsourcing

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin state chamber of commerce is wading into the ongoing debate in the governor’s race over outsourcing. Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce president Kurt Bauer issued a statement Wednesday saying the real issue in the debate is which candidate for governor supports reducing the costs of production in the state. The […]

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Support staff provide extra security at fair

Support staff provide extra security at fair

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin State Fair will have extra help with crowd control and general security at this year’s event. Fair police Chief James Bruno says about 100 event support staff members have received additional training in traffic control, building and state security and patrolling the grounds, among other duties. Bruno says […]

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Oral arguments set in John Doe appeal

Oral arguments set in John Doe appeal

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Oral arguments are set for Sept. 9 in the appeal of a federal judge’s ruling halting an investigation into Gov. Scott Walker’s recall campaign and other conservative groups. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago set the argument date late Tuesday. It comes exactly two months before Walker faces […]

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Pediatrician accused of assault gives up license

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – An Eau Claire pediatrician acquitted of the majority of sexual assault charges against him has agreed to give up his medical license so that the remaining counts will be dismissed. Dr. David Van de Loo was accused of having sexual contact with 15 juvenile male patients while working at Mayo […]

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Milwaukee archdiocese owes millions in legal fees

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee too broke to pay its legal bills? That’s the question Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley will be asked to answer Wednesday. Kelley agreed more than a year ago that the archdiocese would not have to pay legal fees while its bankruptcy case was pending so it could keep […]

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Wisconsin transportation grant to improve trails

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

OSHKOSH, Wis. (AP) – Central Wisconsin officials are planning to improve bike and walking trails with the help of a $120,000 state grant. WLUK-TV reports the state Department of Transportation grant will fund projects connecting trails in Fox Cities and Oshkosh. A regional planning commission transportation planner says there isn’t consistency throughout the area. She […]

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Parents: Didn’t suspect kidnapped boy’s aunt

Parents: Didn’t suspect kidnapped boy’s aunt

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The parents of a baby boy who was taken from a Wisconsin home and later found in sub-zero temperatures say they trusted the relative now accused of taking him so much that they initially didn’t suspect her. Kristen Smith of Aurora, Colorado, is charged with kidnapping 4-day-old Kayden Powell Feb. 6 […]

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