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Wisconsin roundup: Evers orders state laws changed to drop offensive words; more state news stories

Gov. Tony Evers is ordering the state go through the law books and remove the words “retarded” and “handicapped.” The governor yesterday signed an executive order to replace them with more modern, less offensive terms like “intellectually disabled” and “disabled.” Evers says the idea is to make state statutes more inclusive.

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Charges for northern Wis. man who threw out 8 puppies

A northern Wisconsin man is looking at charges after police say he tossed a garbage bag full of puppies in the trash.

Police in Marshfield posted about the puppies on social media late last month. They say an officer found the newborn pups in a bag in the trash. The dogs' owner is now facing abandonment charges, the puppies are doing fine.

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Dems’ choice for president could accept nomination at Miller Park

Nothing has been confirmed, but the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee could make his or her acceptance speech at Miller Park.

The home of the Brewers would be used during the final day of the party's national convention. An estimated 50,000 people will attend and Miller Park is big enough that everyone could be present for the speech. The Democratic National Convention will be held in Milwaukee over four days in July 2020.

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Republicans divided on Evers secretary nominee

Republican members of a Wisconsin Senate committee say they are divided on Gov. Tony Evers' nominee for a cabinet position.

Dawn Crim offered testimony at the Capitol Wednesday. Crim was charged with felony child abuse 14 years ago when she jabbed her 5-year-old son's hand with a pen, but she was never convicted. Crim defended her character and credentials before the committee members. She is Evers' choice to head the state Department of Safety and Professional Services.

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Atheist group questions Ft. Atkinson training session for teachers

Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion is questioning a planned training course for teachers in the Ft. Atkinson School District.

The professional development day scheduled for March 22 includes one breakout session with a religious theme. An attorney challenging the plans says even though the course is optional and doesn't involve students, it violates the U.S. Constitution because it endorses religion. Superintendent Lynn Brown says she is consulting with the district's legal counsel.

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Kohler Co. moves 600 jobs out of state to Mississippi

A decision by Kohler Co. to close its Sheboygan County engine division is eliminating 600 jobs there.

The small engine manufacturing company says it is moving the work to Mississippi. Kohler says all the workers will be offered alternative positions. It is investing $15 million at its new operation in Hattiesburg. The union says 280 production jobs and 320 administrative positions are being cut here, but no employee is being forced out.

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Girl, 2, still missing after father arrested on suspicion of killing mother

Milwaukee police say they have taken accused shooter Dariaz Higgins into custody, but they are still looking for the 2-year-old girl he had with him.

Authorities are following up on leads which suggest the child, Noelani Robinson, is in either Minnesota or Michigan. Higgins is wanted for the Monday double-shooting which left Sierra Robinson dead. Witnesses say he left the scene after the shooting and he had the girl with him.

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