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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Authorities have filed new charges against a former Iowa lottery security officer who was convicted months ago of rigging a Hot Lotto game so he could win a $14 million jackpot.
Iowa Lottery and Department of Public Safety officials announced Friday evening that Eddie Tipton was charged with ongoing criminal conduct in the tampering of lottery equipment so his brother and a friend could win prizes in Colorado and Wisconsin.
A jury convicted Tipton in July of two counts of fraud for rigging a computerized Hot Lotto game in 2010. Prosecutors say Tipton inserted a program into the computer that picks numbers and then bought tickets.
Tipton is appealing and was free on bond. He posted a $25,000 bond Friday and was released from the Polk County Jail.
This story has been corrected to show an additional prize was won in Wisconsin, not Texas.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Newly released records show two of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's international trips this year cost the state nearly $147,000.
Records the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation released late Friday afternoon show Walker's trade mission to Europe in April cost $117,300. His trade mission to Canada in June cost $29,470.
According to the data, both trips came in under budget. The European trip was projected to cost $165,250 and the Canada trip $34,152.
Expenses on both trips included hotels, transportation, parking, telecommunications, hospitality gifts, networking events and meals.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker's security detail had more than $125,000 in travel costs in the first half of the year as the Republican traveled extensively as a presidential hopeful.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1P4CoFvhttp://bit.ly/1P4CoFv ) the total from records released to media organizations in response to an open records request. Groups connected to Walker have repaid about $58,000 and have said they will reimburse taxpayers for the remaining roughly $67,000, the newspaper said.
Walker abandoned his presidential bid last month. But he promised early last year to cover travel costs for his security detail.
Our American Revival, the political committee Walker formed last year, is repaying the costs.
Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.comhttp://www.jsonline.com
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Wisconsin state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and 19 other Republican state lawmakers are endorsing Florida Sen. Marco Rubio for president.
Vos announced their backing Friday, 18 days after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dropped out of the presidential race. Rubio is coming to Wisconsin next month to raise money for Vos and Wisconsin Assembly Republicans.
Vos says in a statement that Rubio "has the right conservative vision for our country" and "celebrates what is great about America's past, but provides a new generation's leadership."
Other state lawmakers announcing their support for Rubio include Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke, Speaker Pro Temp Tyler August and Rep. John Nygren, co-chair of the Legislature's powerful budget committee.