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Wisconsin passes law to curb private custody transfers of children

By Megan Twohey NEW YORK (Reuters) – Wisconsin has adopted a law to limit private custody transfers of children, the first law of its kind in the United States, responding to a Reuters investigation that exposed the dangers of the unregulated practice. Reuters reported in September that parents were transferring…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signs bill ending early weekend voting

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Thursday signed a measure into law that eliminates absentee voting on weekends ahead of elections but vetoed a provision that restricted weekday voting hours across the state. Wisconsin law allows voters to cast absentee ballots by mail or hand…

Wisconsin Senate approves bill restricting early voting

By Brendan O’Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) – Wisconsin’s Senate on Wednesday approved a bill setting limits on the time for submitting an absentee ballot before Election Day, a measure supporters have said would level the playing field for municipalities and opponents say would disenfranchise voters. The Republican-led Senate voted 17-16 along…

Wisconsin woman arrested for holding two men hostage, demanding sex

According to the Stevens Point Journal, a Wisconsin woman appeared in court on Friday on charges related to an incident in which she held two men hostage and demanded that one of them have sex with her. Terry Boyd, a native of Wausau, Wisconsin, appeared on charges of false imprisonment,…

Occupy Madison builds first house in planned eco-village for the homeless

A homeless Wisconsin couple moved into a “tiny home” Christmas Eve they helped build with fellow Occupy Madison members. Chris Derrick and Betty Ybarra had been living since April in an encampment at a county park with other members of the protest group, which plans to build more small homes…

Federal judge blocks portion of Wisconsin’s anti-abortion law

(Reuters) – A federal judge on Friday blocked a portion of a Wisconsin law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital near their practice. U.S. District Judge William Conley last month temporarily stopped the measure, days after Republican Governor Scott Walker signed it into…

29 arrested for singing anti-Walker lyrics in Wisconsin state capitol

Dozens of protesters were arrested Thursday night for singing in Wisconsin capitol, in the second round of arrests triggered by a judge’s ruling that all groups over 20 people must obtain a permit before demonstrating. At least 29 people with “Solidarity Sing-Along” were cuffed and taken away on Thursday night,…

Ruckus in Wisconsin Senate: Republicans push through ultrasound bill after silencing Democrats

Republican state senators in Wisconsin on Wednesday silenced Democratic lawmakers while passing a bill requiring women to undergo an ultrasound procedure before being able to receive an abortion. Wednesday’s Senate session began with state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D) reading letters from several constituents who opposed the bill. “The idea of…

Wisconsin Republicans vote to muzzle journalism center

A group of Republican lawmakers voted Wednesday to prohibit University of Wisconsin professors from working with a renowned nonprofit journalism center and to force the organization out of the two offices it occupies on the UW campus. According to Inside Higher Ed, Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 to…

Wisconsin town to charge $114 fine for schoolyard bullying

Parents in Madison, Wisconsin suburb of Monona will soon face fines if their kids are the subject of repeat complaints about schoolyard bullying, according to The Wisconsin State-Journal The local ordinance, passed by Monona officials on May 20, provides for a $114 fine within 90 days after a written notice…

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