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Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(MADISON, Wis.) — Wisconsin abortion providers are criticizing Governor Scott Walker for signing a controversial bill after the Fourth of July holiday. The bill requires women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound of the beforehand, so that they can see the fetus that they would be aborting.

Republican state Senator Mary Lazich, the sponsor of the bill said, “This wasn’t the only bill. I don’t know, there must have been at least maybe a dozen or more that he signed today.” The abortion bill would also require all doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

Planned parenthood has already filed a lawsuit challenging the new law.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the bill would cut the number of abortion clinics in the state from four to two and would force one of the remaining two to dramatically limit the number of abortions they provide.

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May 152013

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(KENOSHA, Wisc.) — Authorities and zoologists in Wisconsin removed a throng of exotic reptiles being housed in an urban residence this week — including a Gila monster, crocodiles and snakes — as shocked neighbors looked on.

Kenosha police responding to a possible animal cruelty complaint Tuesday entered a home, situated just a few blocks from the city’s central police station, to find a 4-foot skeleton of an alligator in a large aquarium, the body of a large burned snake lying in some weeds, a dead 4- to 5-foot alligator, and the carcass of a fawn.

In the basement of the residence officers found a homemade indoor pond and several aquariums of various sizes throughout the residence with live animals. One contained a large Gila monster, and another contained a 4- to 5-foot crocodile, while one housed multiple snakes. The animals were located in containers in the basement of the residence, where two 6- to 8-foot alligators were found in a homemade indoor pond. A “very large” snapping turtle was found in a tub, police said.

Lt. Brad Kemen said that the animals that were found alive were transported out of the residence.

“They’re in the care of the Racine Zoo, and they’re in good condition,” Kemen told ABC News.

Gregory Maser, an associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Parkside, said that he was in a meeting with the president of the Racine Zoo when police got in touch about their discovery.

Maser said that he helped remove the animals, including five rattlesnakes, two American alligators, a crocodile, a Gila monster and a large alligator turtle.

“We had to be careful because the Gila monster is venomous, and the rattlesnakes are venomous,” he said. “The crocodiles were pretty small, I grabbed it. The alligators were a bit bigger. We had a few people, noosed them and taped their mouth.”

Maser said that the house hadn’t been lived in for what seemed like quite a while, and that the electricity and utilities were out. He said that he believed that someone had at least been coming back to occasionally care for the animals, and that the owner had done a lot of work on the house to have ponds in the basement for the animals.

There had been a small fire in the house, Maser said. He confirmed that a snake had been burned on the property.

Where the animals care from, and who owns the residence, is still unknown, according to Kemen.

A Kenosha city ordinance bans residents from owning wild animals, or an animal that may endanger life or property. Violators are to be fined no more than $300, plus prosecution costs, according to the ordinance.

“Once we investigate what animals were there, and they’re identified by the zoo, we’ll determine what if any charges will be filed,” Kemen said. Police declined to identify the owner of the home.

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Dec 292012

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(MILWAUKEE) — Police officers and others across southeast Wisconsin are paying their respects this Saturday to Officer Jennifer Sebena.

The 30-year-old was found dead of multiple gunshots earlier this week as she patrolled the streets of Wauwatosa, a suburb of Milwaukee.

Sebena’s husband has been charged with her death.

Associate Pastor Steve Sonderman eulogized Sebena as one whose life dream was to become a police officer and said, “Her life was about protection, service, sacrifice and investing in others.”

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Nov 282012

Scott Olson/Getty Images(MADISON, Wis.) — Could the governor from Wisconsin win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination?

At the moment, Scott Walker has more immediate concerns, namely a scandal involving former aides who investigators claim did some shady things when Walker was Milwaukee county executive.

In a probe dating back two years, former Walker underling Timothy Russell was accused of taking $20,000 from a program to assist veterans.

On Tuesday, Russell accepted a plea bargain, admitting that he embezzled from the tax-payer funded Heritage Guard Preservation Society as well as filching money from two candidates for the Milwaukee County Board.  It’s likely Russell will do some jail time.  

Meanwhile, two other former Walker aides previously copped plea bargains.

Walker insisted again on Tuesday that he’s not part of the scandal, saying that after two years, “if there were bigger concerns, they’d be coming to us about those.”

As for presidential aspirations, Walker, who survived a recall election earlier this year, maintains he’s focused on the job at hand although Republicans outside Wisconsin believe the public will forget about his problems with unions once 2016 rolls around.

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Nov 072012

US Congress(NEW YORK) — ABC News projects that Tammy Baldwin has won the U.S. Senate race in Wisconsin, making history as the first openly gay U.S. senator.

Baldwin’s win keeps the Senate seat long held by retiring Sen. Herb Kohl in Democratic hands, and ends a bitter race that pitted two longtime Wisconsin politicians against each other.

Opponent Tommy Thompson, a former Wisconsin governor and Republican presidential contender, was well known in the state and nationally. And Baldwin served three terms in the Wisconsin Assembly before successfully running for Congress.

In her victory speech in Wisconsin, Baldwin acknowledged that she makes history as both Wisconsin’s first female senator and the country’s first openly gay senator.

“Now, I am well aware that I will have the honor of being Wisconsin’s first woman senator. And I am well aware that I will be the first openly gay member,” Baldwin said to loud cheers and chants of “Tammy, Tammy!” from her supporters. “But I didn’t run to make history. I ran to make a difference.”

Few states have become more crucial to the political aspirations of both parties as Wisconsin has been in the past 24 months. Once a reliably Democratic state, Wisconsin has now been a target for Republican political efforts after the GOP made significant gains in the House of Representatives, the governor’s mansion and in the state legislature.

Democrats hoped to keep the seat in their party’s hands, while Republicans viewed the open race as an opportunity to make a second gain in the Senate in Wisconsin.

A Thompson win would have given Republicans two Senate seats in the state for the first time since the 1950s. Republican Ron Johnson ousted longtime Democrat Russ Feingold in 2010.

Thompson called Baldwin to concede what had been a highly contentious race. And on Tuesday night, Baldwin called for unity.

“Tommy and I didn’t always agree — in fact, in this campaign we didn’t agree on much. But there can be no doubt that he shares my love and all of our love in Wisconsin,” Baldwin said. “Tonight I want to reach out to his supporters and ask them to join me in standing up for our belief that we are all in this together.”

In late summer, Wisconsin also went from a likely Democratic state to a presidential hotbed when Mitt Romney selected Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate.

The Baldwin-Thompson race was among the most expensive Senate races in the country, according to the non-partisan Campaign Finance Institute. Outside groups poured more than $40.2 million into the state and the two candidates raised $20 million combined.

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