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EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (AP) — A train derailment and resulting large fire prompted an evacuation order and a declaration of a state of emergency in an Ohio village near the Pennsylvania state line, covering the area in billows of smoke lit orange by the flames below. About 50 cars...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Auditors found no signs of hacking or machine errors in an audit of the November midterm in Wisconsin. Auditors inspected more than 222,000 ballots by hand — the largest audit in state history — and found only a handful of mistakes that they attributed to human error. The Wisconsin Election Commission approved the results of the audit in its meeting Thursday. Five of the errors resulted from creases in ballots. The sixth was a ballot filled out in green ink, which made it difficult for a voting machine to read.
A judge has ruled that prosecutors can call witnesses to testify how Alex Murdaugh allegedly stole money as part of the double murder trial for the disbarred South Carolina attorney as long as they can show it is convincing evidence and linked to the killings. Judge Clifton Newman on Thursday...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As promised, Wisconsin Republicans are offering clarity on when judges might apply a proposed amendment that would make it harder for violent criminals to go free on bail. The proposed amendment that the Republican-controlled Legislature fast-tracked to the April ballot would allow courts to consider a defendant’s past convictions for violent crimes when setting bail, but state law offers several definitions for what constitutes a violent crime. The amendment’s sponsors on Friday circulated a bill that would provide a clear list of which crimes judges could look at. If the Legislature passes the definition, it would only go into effect if voters approve the proposed amendment in April.