Los Angeles Churches Promise Sanctuary From Migrant SweepsA dozen churches in the Los Angeles area have declared themselves sanctuaries for migrant families as the Trump administration's immigration crackdown is scheduled to begin. Guillermo Torres, with Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice, says more churches have become involved than ever before, which he attributes to a growing sense of indignation at the administration's actions on immigration.
Body Of Father Who Went To Rescue Kids Recovered From RiverCrews have recovered the body of a 53-year-old father who went missing after trying to rescue his children from the Wisconsin River. Boaters found the man's body Sunday downstream of the Prairie du Sac Dam between Mazomanie and Arena.
UW Workgroups To Improve Student Mental Health ServicesUniversity of Wisconsin System officials plan to create workgroups to develop recommendations on how to better serve students with mental health needs. The system says student visits to campus counseling centers have increased 55% since 2010. According to data from the National College Health Assessment, 23% of system students reported begin diagnosed with or treated for depression in 2015 and 27% reported being diagnosed with or treated for anxiety.
Former Grinnell College Student Lawsuit To Go To Jury TrialA federal judge will let a jury decide a lawsuit against Grinnell College that challenges the way the Iowa school handles sexual misconduct complaints.
Louisiana Governor Seeks Federal Declaration Due To Tropical Storm BarryLouisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has asked the Trump administration for a federal declaration of emergency ahead of Tropical Storm Barry's expected landfall late Friday or early Saturday along the state's coast.
Keystone XL Pipeline Opponents Seek To Block ConstructionOpponents of the Keystone XL oil pipeline are asking a judge to again block construction of the $8 billion project after President Donald Trump issued it a new permit. Attorneys for environmental groups made the request Wednesday in a lawsuit before U.S. District Judge Brian Morris in Montana. They say Trump's permit was illegal.
FCC Approves Priority Window For Tribes To Expand BroadbandThe Federal Communications Commission has approved a priority filing window for tribes to obtain licenses that could boost internet service in rural communities. The commission voted 3-2 Wednesday in favor of the filing window for federally recognized tribes.
Man Accused Of Having Sex With 15-Year-Old Faces Rape ChargeAn 18-year-old Sioux Falls man faces a felony rape charge after he allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old girl in a Target parking lot. The Argus Leader reports that a Minnehaha County grand jury indicted George Zimmer Jr. last week on one count of rape in the fourth degree.
Abortions In Minnesota See 2% Decline In 2018Statistics released by the state Department of Health show there were 9,910 abortions performed in Minnesota in 2018, a 2% decrease from the year before. While the overall numbers declined, the number of people who traveled to Minnesota for an abortion increased by 8% over 2017, with the bulk of out-of-state residents traveling from Wisconsin.
SD Sanford Health & Surgeon Accused Of Fraud, KickbacksTwo doctors employed by Sanford Health are suing the company and one of its neurosurgeons, accusing them of defrauding the federal government and harming patients by performing unnecessary surgeries. Dustin Bechtold and Bryan Wellman filed the lawsuit in 2016, and a federal judge unsealed it Thursday.
Update: Illinois Woman Dead, Husband Lost After Lake Michigan DiveAuthorities say one diver is dead and another missing after a diving incident on Lake Michigan near South Milwaukee. Petty Officer Gavin Shepherd says the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a dive boat at 2 p.m. Friday about 17 miles (27 kilometers) east-southeast of Milwaukee for a call that a person had surfaced and was unresponsive.
Man Accused Of Killing Officer Recently Released From PrisonA man suspected of killing a Racine police officer was released from federal prison four days before the officer was shot while trying to stop a robbery.
Fire Victims' DNA Taken To Madison Lab For IdentificationDNA samples from the victims of a house fire that killed six people in northern Wisconsin have been taken to a Madison lab.
Judge OKs Execution Of South Dakota Man In 1993 SlayingA South Dakota judge has signed off on the execution of a man convicted of stabbing a former co-worker to death 27 years ago during a burglary at a doughnut shop. Judge Robert Mandel granted a motion Tuesday for an early November execution for Charles Rhines.
Minnesota Man Among Hawaii Plane Crash VictimsThe Honolulu Medical Examiner is releasing the names of seven of the 11 people killed when a skydiving plane crashed in Hawaii.