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STATE NEWS ROUNDUP: Madison woman likely facing a child neglect charge after her son went outside in a diaper and a T-shirt

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STATE NEWS ROUNDUP: Madison woman likely facing a child neglect charge after her son went outside in a diaper and a T-shirt
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A Madison woman faces a possible child neglect charge, after a snow-plow driver saw her two-year-old son wandering outside wearing just a diaper and a T-shirt. Police said the 22-year-old woman tied the toddler to a bed on Tuesday while she went out to run errands. He apparently broke away from the four-feet of twine rope she allegedly used to keep him inside -- and he ventured outside while temperatures were in the 20's. The snow-plow driver placed the young boy in the cab of his vehicle while waiting for Madison police officers and fire department rescuers to arrive. He was taken to a hospital to be checked out, but did not suffer from hypothermia. Police are seeking a misdemeanor neglect charge. It has not been filed yet, but she's tentatively due in court Monday. For now, she's free on a 250-dollar bond.

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We're learning more about a man charged with making over a dozen bomb threats in Waupun. W-T-M-J T-V in Milwaukee said 32-year-old Aaron Schreiber was diagnosed in 2004 as having an anxiety disorder. That's when he admitted having sex up to 15 times with a girl who was 14 years old. Most of the incidents took place in parking lots near Fort Drum in New York State. The girl got pregnant, and she later had an abortion. Schreiber pleaded guilty in a military court marshal and was confined for three years. It's why he had to register as a sex offender in Wisconsin. Last month, Schreiber was charged with 41 felony counts. Ten were for working with children as a child sex offender, when he was a referee for girls' volleyball and basketball in middle school and high school. Fifteen charges involved bomb scares last month at Waupun high school, a hospital, stores, and fast-food restaurants. Online court records show that a report about Schreiber's mental state was given to a Dodge County circuit judge this week. He was recently ordered to undergo an exam to see if he's competent to stand trial. A hearing on that question is set for January eighth.

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Phase-One in the hiring of a new U-W president is expected to be finished tomorrow. That's when a screening committee is scheduled to give a list of finalists to a selection panel. University officials plan to announce the finalists' names on January second. The selection committee will then nominate the winning candidate -- and the Board of Regents is then expected to make a hiring decision later in January. The new president will replace Kevin Reilly, who's leaving at the end of this year to become an adviser for the American Council on Education.

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Up to 150 jobs are expected to be created as the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation opens a new customer service facility in Stevens Point. Agency official Marc Storch (stork) says about 20 people have been hired already, answering phone questions about things like student loans. A temporary call center is located in downtown Stevens Point, while a permanent state-of-the-art facility is being developed in a remodeled space close by. The Great Lakes group works with the U-S Education Department and private lenders on financial aid. It also gets state funds to develop partnerships between businesses and Wisconsin technical colleges. Governor Scott Walker attended an announcement event yesterday. He called the facility a perfect fit for Stevens Point's downtown. Walker said hiring is expected to grow gradually over the next two years. 

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U-W Green Bay Chancellor Tom Harden says this year will be his last. He announced in a campus e-mail yesterday that he'll step down next August, after five years in the post. Harden said the time is right for a transition to something new. He and his wife plan to stay in Green Bay -- where he'll help with campus fund-raising, and a possible return to teaching in 2015. Harden said he made the announcement now, so school officials can conduct a national search for his replacement. He hopes a new person can come on board in time for the start of next fall's classes. Harden has spent about 35 years in higher education. Before coming to Green Bay, he was the president of Clayton State near Atlanta for nine years. He was also an instructor at Northern Kentucky in electronics, hydraulics, and industrial technology. U-W Green Bay has close to 65-hundred students.

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A 26-year-old Hancock man is facing a possible homicide charge, for supplying the heroin that killed a U-W Stevens Point student last month. Police said yesterday that 21-year-old Jordan Peterson died from a drug overdose - and the suspect gave the heroin to the victim on the day he died. Peterson, a senior biology pre-med student, was found dead November 17th when his roommate returned to their off-campus apartment after a weekend away. Police say they'll recommend a count of first-degree reckless homicide. It's the charge that's allowable under Wisconsin's Len Bias law, which is named after a pro basketball prospect who died from a drug overdose in the 1980's. Peterson is from the Markesan area, and many of his relatives now live in central Wisconsin.

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It was christened yesterday, but it will be another year before the Navy puts the new U-S-S Milwaukee into service. Marinette Marine C-E-O Chuck Goddard said boat it constructed still needs to pass a series of tests and trials -- and it will be shipped to the Navy in 12 months. Still, the company called the ship's completion a satisfying event. It was observed with the usual breaking of a champagne bottle across its hull, which pushed the boat sideways into the Menominee River. The U-S-S Milwaukee took two-and-a-half years to build. It's a cutting-edge littoral combat ship, with the ability to conduct water combat close to enemy shores with a smaller number of crew members. It's the fifth boat named in honor of Wisconsin's largest city. Governor Scott Walker, who spoke at the ceremony, said it honored Milwaukee while showing quote, "the exemplary workmanship of Marinette Marine." Walker said it was a symbol of the commitment to national security.  

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Lauri Wynn, a civil rights activist who became the first black president of the state's largest teachers' union, died yesterday. Her daughter said the 83-year-old Wynn passed away at Milwaukee's Froedtert (fray-dert) Hospital from complications of breast cancer. Funeral arrangements are pending. Wynn used to be a Milwaukee teacher who was involved in the 1970's desegregation movement. In 1973, she became the president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council. Wynn later received the James Howard Baker Award which honors contributions to Milwaukee's African-American community.  

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Milwaukee Police were called early this morning, after a surplus military hand grenade was found in a home on the city's north side. Police sent its Hazardous Devices Unit to the house around five o'clock after getting a call about the grenade. Officers recovered it an hour later. They said it was an empty hull and was not a live explosive. No other information was immediately available.

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