MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Five unions and a Democratic lawmaker have filed another lawsuit challenging last-minute measures Wisconsin Republicans approved to weaken the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general. The legislation blocks Democratic Gov. Tony Earl from withdrawing from lawsuits without legislative approval, gives lawmakers the power to decide how to spend money obtained from legal settlements and allows them to intervene in cases and hire their own attorneys.
MANITOWOC, Wis. (AP) — Bail has been set for two adults and a teen arrested in the death of a 7-year-old Wisconsin boy who was allegedly beaten, forced to carry around a heavy log and was buried in snow. The 15-year-old boy charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Ethan Hauschultz of Newton had cash bail set at $150,000 Monday. The Herald Times Reporter says bail for Timothy Hauschultz was set at $100,000 and for Tina McKeever-Hauschultz at $75,000. They were Ethan’s court-appointed guardians.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin state lawmakers claimed nearly $800,000 in daily expense reimbursements last year, including $11,600 from a senator who lives right across the street from the Capitol. The expenses claimed were down from $1.3 million in 2017, a budget-writing year when lawmakers put in more time in the Statehouse than they did last year. Republican Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, of Juneau, led all 132 state lawmakers with $14,960 in the claims known as per diems.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — 4 protesters have been arrested in an attempt to shut down an Enbridge oil pipeline in north-central Minnesota. A spokeswoman says the four climate-change activists broke into an area containing shut-off valves around noon Monday, then called to warn the company of its plans to turn off the Line 4 pipeline. She says Itasca County deputies arrested the four.