MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin candidate for governor has posted an online campaign video that includes a brief passage showing her breastfeeding her 4-month-old daughter. Former state Rep. Kelda Helen Roys appears in the video touting her efforts in the Legislature to pass legislation to ban the chemical bisphenol A from baby bottles and spill-proof cups. At one point during the video, her husband walks into the frame and hands her their infant daughter. Roys breastfeeds her daughter as she continues talking about the bill. The Democrat tells the Wisconsin State Journal it was an unscripted moment left in because she’s running as herself. As a legislator, Roys was an outspoken advocate for a woman’s right to breastfeed in public.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A proposal to provide legal protections for breastfeeding mothers is on its way to the Idaho governor’s desk for his signature. It’s designed to exempt breastfeeding mothers from Idaho’s indecent exposure law. Fifteen years ago, Idaho lawmakers killed a similar proposal over fears of women removing blouses and exposing their breasts in public spaces. Forty-nine states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands have laws that specifically allow women to breastfeed in any public or private location, but not Idaho. Meanwhile, officials say the measure simply exempts breastfeeding from indecent and obscenity laws, it does not make breastfeeding a right.
MASCOT CHANGE-RACIAL SLUR
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Juneau School District students have decided to reevaluate the nickname they chose for their new combined sports teams because an online resource has a derogatory definition. KTOO Public Media of Juneau reported that students from both Thunder Mountain and Juneau-Douglas high schools sent the nickname Thunder Bears back to the committee that selected it. The website UrbanDictionary.com — known to be raunchy — defines Thunder Bears as a term for people who drink too much, “usually of Native American descent.” One student said she heard someone using the term offensively in class last week and that she’s concerned the nickname could promote racist stereotypes.
CHARLES MANSON’S REMAINS
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — A grandson of cult leader Charles Manson has won the bizarre California court battle for the killer’s corpse. A Kern County Superior Court commissioner ruled yesterday that Jason Freeman of Florida can collect the remains from the morgue in Bakersfield. That’s where Manson’s body has been on ice since he died. He’d been serving a life sentence for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight others. The fight for Manson’s remains was waged between Freeman, a man who claims he was fathered by Manson before his followers carried out the heinous slayings, and a pen pal who collects so-called Manson memorabilia.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a Billings family’s effort to overturn the state’s anti-polygamy law. Nathan Collier, who has been married to Vicki Collier since 2000, was denied when he applied for an application to legally marry Christine Collier in 2015. Nathan and Christine had a religious wedding ceremony in 2007, but Nathan said they did not sign a marriage license to avoid bigamy charges. The Colliers argued Montana’s anti-polygamy laws infringed upon their rights to cohabitate, intermingle finances and raise children together. The judge found no evidence that the law prevented any of those things.
BRIDE ARRESTED-IMPAIRED DRIVING
MARANA, Ariz. (AP) — Police say a bride in southern Arizona was arrested on suspicion of impaired driving after she was involved in a car crash on the way to her wedding. Amber Young was wearing an open-back dress when she was handcuffed and put into a police cruiser Monday in Marana, 30 miles north of Tucson. Police spokesman Sgt. Chriswell Scott says one person suffered minor injuries in the crash. Scott also sent out a tweet that said “Don’t drive impaired, till death do we part doesn’t need any help.”