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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.

NBA: Milwaukee Bucks sold for $550 million

Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl said Wednesday he's selling the NBA team to an ownership group eager to keep the club in Milwaukee. Kohl, a former US Senator, said he had agreed to sell the club to hedge-fund billionaires Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry. Edens and Lasry will pay some $550 million (398 million euros) for the club. Kohl bought the team for $18 million in 1985, and it was valued at $405 million in January by Forbes -- last among the league's 30 clubs in the financial magazine's rankings.

Wis.-based Oshkosh Corp. to lay off 760 from defence division, cites tighter government budget

MILWAUKEE - Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defence division this summer, or 29 per cent of the group's workforce, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles. About 700 hourly positions will be cut beginning in June, and 60 salaried positions will be eliminated starting in July, the Wisconsin-based company said. Oshkosh Defence will be left with about 1,850 employees. The overall company has about 12,000 employees worldwide.

Wisconsin lawmakers select new majority leader

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin Republican lawmakers selected a new majority leader on Tuesday after unanimously voting to remove Bill Kramer from the post amid sexual harassment allegations against him, according to party leadership. Assembly Republicans chose Patricia Strachota as majority leader after voting 57-0 to remove Kramer, who has held the post since September, according to Speaker Robin Vos' office.

Probe into Wisconsin governor expanded before vote: documents

By Brendan O'Brien and Mary Wisniewski MILWAUKEE/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Investigators looking into possible wrongdoing by Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expanded their probe the day before he was elected governor in 2010, seizing computers and hard drives from his offices, documents revealed on Wednesday.

Probe into Wisconsin governor expanded before vote: documents

By Brendan O'Brien and Mary Wisniewski MILWAUKEE/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Investigators looking into possible wrongdoing by Republican Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker expanded their probe the day before he was elected governor in 2010, seizing computers and hard drives from his offices, documents revealed on Wednesday.

Conservative group files civil rights suit against Wisconsin investigators

By Brendan O'Brien MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A conservative organization in Wisconsin filed a federal lawsuit against several public officials on Monday, saying its members' civil rights were violated during an ongoing secret probe into campaign financing, court documents showed. The Wisconsin Club for Growth filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, accusing investigators of violating its members' freedom of speech, association and equal protection rights.

Colorado woman charged with kidnapping 6-day-old baby from Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - A Colorado woman was charged on Friday with kidnapping after she allegedly took a 6-day-old baby from his bassinette in southern Wisconsin, federal prosecutors said. Kristen Smith, 31, of Denver, was charged in a Wisconsin federal court after the baby was found in a tote bag on the side of a frozen Iowa highway, according to authorities. (Reporting by Brendan O'Brien; Editing by Scott Malone)

Betty Quadracci, co-founder of Quad/Graphics, dies at 75, was Milwaukee Magazine president

SUSSEX, Wis. - Quad/Graphics Inc. co-founder Betty Quadracci (kwahd-RAH'-chee) has died at her home in Wisconsin. She was 75. The printing company says Quadracci died Monday, surrounded by family. The company didn't provide details on the cause of death. Quadracci co-founded Quad/Graphics in 1971 with her late husband, Harry. The Sussex-based company now has 25,000 employees worldwide at more than 65 printing plants and dozens of support facilities.

Philadelphia Eagles - PlayerWatch

OT Jason Peters, who injured his quad in Sunday's game, didn't practice Wednesday. He is very questionable for Sunday's game against Washington. CB Bradley Fletcher, who missed Sunday's game with a pectoral injury, was a limited practice participant Wednesday. His status for the Washington game is uncertain.
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