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News Minute: Here is the latest Wisconsin news from The Associated Press

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The trial has begun for a Colorado woman accused of kidnapping her newborn nephew in Wisconsin and abandoning him in freezing temperatures. Kristen Smith, of Aurora, Colorado, faces one count of kidnapping in federal court. She could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted by a jury in Madison, Wisconsin. Prosecutors argue that Smith kidnapped days-old Kayden Powell from the Town of Beloit home where his parents were staying in February.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A former Jefferson County drug task force supervisor has been found guilty of misconduct in office after being accused of stealing money to be used in undercover operations. Former Jefferson County detective Timothy Madson was found guilty of misconduct in office on Friday following a jury trial. A criminal complaint says the 56-year-old Madsonclaimed more than $10,000 in questionable expenses from a fund he controlled to cover drug buys and other incidental task force expenses.

RACINE, Wis. (AP) - A 5-year-old girl has died after being struck by a van in the driveway of a Racine home. Police say the child had just arrived for a party in the neighborhood Saturday afternoon and was facing the street when a 16-year-old boy backed a van over the girl. Authorities say a rear wheel ran over the girl.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker claims in his latest television ad in the governor's race that taxpayers could be out $25 million thanks to his Democratic challenger Mary Burke. But getting to that figure requires some creative math. The ad focuses on a $12.3 million award the state Commerce Department under Burke's leadership gave in 2006 to lure Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories north to Kenosha. The ad counts a repayment to HUD as an expense, rather than a $12.3 million credit to federal taxpayers.

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