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Flamingos Show Up Way North for First Time Ever

Five of them appear in Wisconsin, along a Lake Michigan beach

(Newser) - Five flamingos that showed up in Wisconsin to wade along a Lake Michigan beach attracted a big crowd of onlookers eager to see the unusual visitors venturing far from their usual tropical setting. The American flamingos spotted Friday in Port Washington, about 25 miles north of Milwaukee, marked the first...

GOP Senators Vote to Fire Nonpartisan Elections Boss

Meagan Wolfe immediately files suit to keep her Wisconsin job

(Newser) - Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate voted Thursday to fire the state's top elections official from her nonpartisan job. An hour later, saying they didn't have the authority to remove her, Meagan Wolfe sued them. The 22-11 vote means that, until the courts decide whether Wolfe keeps her job...

Abortions to Resume at Clinics in Wisconsin After Ruling

Opponents argue state's ban remains in place

(Newser) - Planned Parenthood announced Thursday that it will resume offering abortions in Wisconsin next week after a judge ruled that an 1849 law that seemingly banned the procedure actually didn't apply to abortions. The resumption of abortions Monday at clinics in Milwaukee and Madison comes as the lawsuit challenging the...

Crazy Jets Game Ends Up Costing Wisconsin Bar Patrons

Patrons celebrated when Aaron Rodgers left the game, expecting to have their tabs covered

(Newser) - Buffalo Bills fans weren't the only ones unhappy with the outcome of Monday night's game against the Jets. Bar patrons in Wisconsin ended up pretty bummed, too, after New York won. As WHNT explains, it has to do with the bar's promotion before the season began. Jack'...

New State Judge Hasn't Heard a Case, Faces Impeachment

Wisconsin Republicans say Janet Protasiewicz is tight with Democrats, must recuse in legislative map case

(Newser) - Wisconsin Republicans are threatening to impeach a state Supreme Court justice before she's heard a case. Justice Janet Protasiewicz won her April election by 11 points, per the AP . Her win gave liberals a majority on the court, boosting hopes among Democrats that it will overturn the state's...

Here Are the 10 Best, Worst States to Live In

Massachusetts tops WalletHub's list; New Mexico comes in last

(Newser) - Whether you're looking to relocate or just nosy about how your state ranks, WalletHub has a new analysis out on America's ideal places to live. The site looked at all 50 states across more than four dozen metrics, in five main categories: affordability; economy, including a state's...

Cop Rescues Cows From Burning Barn
Cop Rescues Cows
From Burning Barn

Cop Rescues Cows From Burning Barn

'Prone to escape' cows were trapped in Wisconsin barn

(Newser) - A Wisconsin police officer who ran into a burning barn and found cows near flames says the bovines "made a beeline" for the safety of a pasture once he opened a gate holding them back. Sturgeon Bay police officer Andrew Crabb was nearing the end of his overnight shift...

Gov Vetoes 2 Digits, Extends School Funding for 400 Years

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers gets creative with partial veto power

(Newser) - Governors of Wisconsin have an unusual "partial veto" power that allows them to remove letters, numbers, and punctuation from legislation—and Gov. Tony Evers used it this week to extend a public school funding increase for an extra 400 years. The Democratic governor removed the "20" and the...

Cops 'Amazed to See That Somebody Survived This'
Cops 'Amazed to See That
Somebody Survived This'
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Cops 'Amazed to See That Somebody Survived This'

Donald Schmelling, 84, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is pulled from burning van in the nick of time

(Newser) - An elderly Wisconsin man is lucky to be alive after police pulled him from a burning vehicle Tuesday. Kenosha police officers tried to stop the 84-year-old driver around 9pm local time after noticing he had a flat tire. "I was looking for a place to stop and all of...

Wisconsin Woman Dies in Crash Hours After Husband's Funeral

'I don't think she could be without him,' mother says

(Newser) - A Wisconsin woman mourning her husband died just five hours after his funeral. Relatives say Sara Nowak, 42, was distraught at the April 1 funeral for husband Louis Nowak, 58, the Washington Post reports. Louis Nowak was diagnosed with liver cancer around four months ago and died March 19. After...

Wisconsin Election With Major Implications Is Decided

Janet Protasiewicz beats Dan Kelly

(Newser) - Janet Protasiewicz has been declared the winner in a closely-watched Wisconsin Supreme Court race against Dan Kelly. The win gives liberals control of the state's highest court for the first time in a decade and a half, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel says it "instantly reshap[es] politics" in the...

The Biggest Election of 2023 Is Here
This Wisconsin Election
Has Huge Implications
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This Wisconsin Election Has Huge Implications

State race to fill seat on Supreme Court has national implications

(Newser) - One common theme in coverage about Tuesday's judicial election in Wisconsin emerges quickly: It's "the single most important American election of 2023," is how Reid J. Epstein puts it in the New York Times . The "most consequential election of 2023" reads the headline above an...

Boy, 12, Charged With Murder Over a Damning Domino's Receipt

Boy is accused of killing neighbor, stealing his guns

(Newser) - A Domino's pizza receipt found at the scene of a Wisconsin murder led police to a 12-year-old boy, who was arrested and charged with the slaying. The unnamed 12-year-old was a neighbor of the victim, 34-year-old Brandon Felton, and the two played video games together. On March 18, Felton...

Burrito Leads Feds to Suspect in Firebombing of Anti-Abortion Group

Nearly a year later, suspect has been arrested

(Newser) - A man has been arrested in connection with last year's firebombing of a Wisconsin anti-abortion lobbying group's office , and authorities say it was a burrito that did him in. The timeline:
  • After the May 8 attack at Wisconsin Family Action in Madison, authorities pulled DNA from a Mason

School Has Beef With Dolly Parton's 'Rainbowland'

Wisconsin elementary school says it might be too controversial for first-graders' concert

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus and Dolly Parton's "Rainbowland" is a song about setting aside "judgment and fear" and letting people be "free to be exactly who [they] are," speculating that if we did so, we could live in a "paradise." Despite the apparently idyllic message,...

Wisconsin Teen Stuns the Skating World
Wisconsin Teen May Be
Redefining Speedskating

Wisconsin Teen May Be Redefining Speedskating

Jordan Stolz stuns at world champions, leaves rivals and observers marveling at his technique

(Newser) - To say that US skater Jordan Stolz did well at this weekend's world championships in the Netherlands would be a monumental understatement. When the 18-year-old from Kewaskum, Wisconsin, won the 500 meters on Friday night, he became the youngest skater to win gold in the single-distance championships, reports the...

Looking for Big Tips? These States Deliver

Delaware tops the list of Toast's quarterly 'Restaurant Trends Report'

(Newser) - Online eatery platform Toast is out with its quarterly "Restaurant Trends Report," for Q4 of last year, and among such stats as delivery orders during the Super Bowl, the site examined the state of tipping nationwide. Toast looked at average tips across the US and found that Cleveland...

Tragedy on a Dairy Farm Is Window Into Bigger Issue

Young boy, son of immigrant worker, was killed in equipment accident in Wisconsin

(Newser) - On a summer night in 2019, 8-year-old Jefferson Rodriguez was killed on a dairy farm in Wisconsin when he was struck by a tractor-like machine used to clean up manure. That much is not in dispute. But as ProPublica reports, some of the other pertinent details are. The police report...

Lawmakers Bring Socialism Back to Wisconsin Legislature

Elected officials in the past succeeded by focusing on issues such as infrastructure, public health

(Newser) - It's been 90 years, but socialism is back in the Wisconsin Legislature. After taking their oaths of office Tuesday, two freshman Assembly members made it their first order of business to revive a socialist caucus that has been dormant since the 1930s, the AP reports. As self-identified democratic socialists—...

Wife Allegedly Tried to Kill Vet With Drugs He Used on Animals

Authorities say Amanda Chapin put euthanasia drug in his coffee

(Newser) - The wife of a Wisconsin veterinarian tried to send him over the Rainbow Bridge with drugs that he used on animals, authorities say. Amanda Chapin, 50, has been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in connection with three alleged poisonings of 70-year-old Gary Chapin months after they were married in...

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