BC-WI--Wisconsin Digest, WI

June 18, 2012 at 1:18 a.m.

The state at 2 p.m.

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JANESVILLE, Wis. - Mitt Romney sought Monday to capitalize on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's victory in a contentious recall election and predicted that momentum from that race will help him win the state come November and, with it, the White House. Wisconsin hasn't voted for a Republican for president since 1984, and President Barack Obama won big here in 2008. But Republicans sense an opportunity after Walker survived a Democratic push to oust him after he took on public sector unions. So does Romney. By Kasie Hunt And Scott Bauer.

AP Photos WIEV110, WIEV101, WIEV103, WIEV102, WIEV109.


- ROMNEY-WALKER - Gov. Scott Walker is voicing his support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at a campaign stop in Janesville.

- ROMNEY-JOHNSON - U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson says Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney needs to deliver a simple message in order to defeat President Barack Obama.


DES MOINES, Iowa - A group of Roman Catholic nuns began a nine-state bus tour protesting proposed federal budget cuts Monday, saying they weren't trying to flout recent Vatican criticisms of socially active nuns but felt called to show how Republican policies are affecting low-income families. The tour was organized by Network, a Washington-based Catholic social justice group criticized in a recent Vatican report that said some organizations led by nuns have focused too much on economic injustice while failing to promote the church's teachings on abortion and same-sex marriage. The Vatican asked U.S. bishops to look at Network's ties to another group of nuns it is reorganizing because of what the church calls "serious doctrinal problems." By David Pitt. AP Photos.


RACINE - The state elections board is expected to issue an order that would kick off a recount in a recent state Senate recall election. The Government Accountability Board plans to issue the order sometime Monday. The order would ask the Racine County clerk to begin the recount Wednesday at 9 a.m.


MADISON - Wisconsin's attorney general has dropped an appeal over a decision dealing with the state's legislative boundaries. He also agreed to pay the plaintiffs more than $185,000. Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had appealed the decision in April, but a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report says he reversed course Monday.


APPLETON, Wis. - The Winnebago County District Attorney is fighting to be able to carry his gun in the county courthouse. County judges have said Christian Gossett can't take a gun to work without written permission of whatever judge or court commissioner is presiding where Gossett might appear.


RACINE - Racine's mayor is facing a quandary after he reached a confidential settlement in a slander case brought against him by a former employee. The terms of the settlement haven't been released, and a confidentiality clause prevents either side from revealing the terms. However, because taxpayers may have been liable for the settlement, The Journal Times of Racine is arguing the mayor's office has to release the terms under the state's Public Records Law.


ALBANY, N.Y. - Biologists say the discovery of lake sturgeon bearing eggs in the Oswegatchie River and Oneida Lake's outlet marks a milestone in restoration efforts that began nearly 20 years ago. A U.S. Geological Survey researcher found two egg-bearing females in Oneida Lake's outlet during sampling in April. Two more were found in May in the Oswegatchie in northern New York.


- PAINKILLER PATCH-LAWSUIT - The parents of a 2-year-old who died after ingesting a fentanyl patch are suing a nursing home, claiming he picked the painkiller up there.

- WESCO-CONNEY SAFETY - Industrial supplies company Wesco International Inc. said Monday that it is buying safety products distributor Conney Safety Products LLC. Financial terms were not disclosed. Pittsburgh-based Wesco said it expects the addition of Madison, Wis.-based Conney to strengthen its line-up of safety products and services and boost its e-commerce capabilities.

- RACINE LAKE DEATH - A 16-year-old boy is dead after swimming with friends in Racine.

- REVOKED RULES - The state Department of Natural Resources wants to eliminate nearly a dozen rules to comply with Republican Gov. Scott Walker's order to identify language hindering businesses.



MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers return home briefly to host a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Game time 7:10 p.m. With hometown lead on losing team. AP Photos.


NEW YORK (AP) - Suspended Saints player Jonathan Vilma left an appeals hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after about an hour Monday, denying he had a role in New Orleans' bounty program and saying the process is unfair. Three other players were at NFL headquarters to have their appeals heard Monday afternoon: Saints defensive end Will Smith, docked for four games; Green Bay defensive end Anthony Hargrove, suspended for eight games; and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita, set to miss three games. By Barry Wilner.



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