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Ex-juvenile court judge pleads guilty to child porn charges

Sep. 28, 2021 16:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former juvenile court judge in Wisconsin pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two counts of distributing child pornography. Brett Blomme, 39, a onetime Milwaukee County children's court judge, faces a minimum mandatory sentence of five years...

Teaching cursive would be required under Wisconsin bill

Sep. 28, 2021 15:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — All Wisconsin elementary schools would be required to teach cursive writing under a bill passed Tuesday by the state Assembly. The bill’s sponsors, including former teacher state Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, say teaching cursive will stimulate...

Wisconsin Assembly passes critical race theory ban

Sep. 28, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin public schools would be prohibited from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias under a Republican bill the state Assembly passed Tuesday on a party line vote. The measure would...

Wisconsin Senate OKs bill sealing vaccination mailings

Sep. 28, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate approved a Republican-authored bill Tuesday that would require government agencies, schools and day cares to seal any mailings that could reveal someone’s vaccination status. The bill’s authors, Rep. Shae Sortwell and Sen....

Column: Uncertain future for Europe and Ryder Cup team

Sep. 28, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — Ian Poulter is never short on emotion in the Ryder Cup, usually with his eyes as big as golf balls. This was different. He crouched with his head bowed for the longest time on the side of the 16th green at Whistling Straits after winning a match...

Evers calls GOP-ordered election probe a 'boondoggle'

Sep. 28, 2021 14:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Tuesday blasted a Republican-ordered investigation into the 2020 presidential election as a “$700,000 boondoggle” and said election clerks should be “lawyered up." After an election audit in Arizona confirmed...

Senate Republicans confirm Evers' Cabinet appointments

Sep. 28, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — State Senate Republicans confirmed four of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' Cabinet appointments Tuesday after letting them languish for months but took no action on a key pick that would give the governor control of wildlife and pollution policies. The...

Wisconsin Senate to vote on stiffer animal abuse penalties

Sep. 28, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate signed off on a bill Tuesday that would increase animal abuse penalties. Right now the penalty for animal abuse is a $500 forfeiture. Abuse resulting in mutilation, disfigurement or death the maximum penalty is three-and-a-half...

Senate Republicans approve "born-alive" legislation

Sep. 28, 2021 13:09 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate approved a bill Tuesday that would make health care providers who let a child that survives an abortion die guilty of a felony. The Republican-authored measure would require any health care provider present at...

Evers proposes nearly $25M package targeting agriculture

Sep. 28, 2021 12:17 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers proposed a nearly $25 million package of bills Tuesday targeting the state's agriculture industry and rural communities, announcing the plans along with Democratic lawmakers at the World Dairy Expo. “The state can do more and...