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A student at Sheboygan South High School has been diagnosed with Tuberculosis and quarantined, the Sheboygan Daily said.

Nearly two dozen students are being tested for the disease, because they were in contact with the infected student. Tuberculosis outbreaks are rare in Wisconsin, and throughout the United States.

The Pioneer Press said that the student discovered their condition when a family member went to a clinic and found out they had it.

A Twin Cities radio host has lost advertising and received criticism for a comment that he said April 12, describing that the families who lost their loved ones in the Newtown, Conn., shooting can "go to hell," the Star Tribune said.

Bob Davis, a conservative co-host of the "Davis and Emmer" weekday morning show on KTCN (AM 1130), was offered to have a paid trip to repeat what he said to the families of the Newtown shootings.

Davis argued that he's sick and tired of seeing the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting becoming advocates for the national debate on gun control. He said that "[everyone is] terrified of these victims...I would stand in front of them and tell them, 'Go to hell.'"

Davis responded to the controversy created due to his comment, saying that he has no filter when he speaks on the air, the Huffington Post said.

Grandfather won't be jailed for shooting granddaughter

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A Rochester minister has been ordered to complete 100 hours of community service for shooting and wounding his granddaughter, the Pioneer Press said.

Stanley Wilkinson mistook his granddaughter for a burglar in December, and subsequently shot her in the neck. An Olmsted County judge sentenced Wilkinson to 91 days in jail. Wilkinson then pleaded guilty to intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety, which reduced his penalty to community service, the Star Tribune said.

The 16-year-old granddaughter was wounded but not seriously injured. She told authorities that she left her grandparents' house without telling them.

Stillborn baby's body found in Red Wing laundry

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The stillborn infant boy found in dirty laundry Wednesday at a cleaning service in Red Wing, Minn., came from the morgue at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, the Pioneer Press said.

The boy was stillborn late in the second trimester two weeks ago, officials said. There didn't appear to be any foul play suspected.

Police said that workers in the laundry service found the body after it fell out of a bed sheet. The body had been wrapped in linen, and somehow mistakenly got sent to the laundry to be cleaned, the Star Tribune said.

An apparently tainted batch of meth has been distributed in the east metro area, and has consequently sent 14 people to hospitals, CBS News said.

Symptoms of the 'bad meth' use include hyper-anxiety, combativeness, and fevers of 105 degrees. Authorities believe the bad meth came from Mexico, but are now concerned with its widespread use in the east metro cities, the Star Tribune said.

Police want users to know that they are more concerned with safety than arrests, and if anyone is experiencing side effects from using the tainted drug, they should go to a hospital immediately.

Authorities are investigating skeletal remains found Saturday in a Burnsville park, the Star Tribune said.

The investigation is still ongoing, however Burnsville police said that the remains may belong to a 61-year-old man who has been missing for a year. Lorenzo Pacheco Orozco had dementia, and hasn't been seen after leaving for a walk in April 2012, the Pioneer Press said.

No foul play is suspected in Orozco's disappearance.

A Russian Orthodox priest pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a plea deal for allegedly pointing a gun at his 15-year-old daughter and wife, the Pioneer Press said.

Kirill Bartashevitch, 52, pleaded not guilty to two counts of terroristic threats. He allegedly pointed an AK-47, recently purchased out of fear of a pending gun ban, at his daughter after she received B's in school instead of A's. Bartashevitch's wife and the girl's mother tried to intervene after he pointed the gun at the girl, and reports say that he "threw" his wife out of the way.

After searching his residence, police found receipts documenting his return of the AK-47 rifles to a gun shop days after the incident, the Star Tribune said.

Supporters plan to keep College of Visual Arts open

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After announcing in January plans to shut down the St. Paul College of Visual Arts this June, a group of supporters has raised $70,000 to show their determination, the Pioneer Press said.

The group, CVA Action, said they have a "viable plan to keep the college open," which consists of revamping the academic structure, fundraising, and leverage of the school's real estate, MPR said.

The group presented the details of the plan to the board of CVA Tuesday, but the meeting wasn't open to the media or public.

The father accused of killing his three daughters last summer in River Falls may change his plea Wednesday to guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, the Pioneer Press said.

Aaron Schaffhausen, 35, was charged with three counts of first-degree intentional homicide of his three daughters, aged five, eight, and 11. The accusations claim that Schaffhausen cut the girls' throats while visiting them July 10, 2012, while his ex-wife was at work, the Star Tribune said.

Defense attorney John Kucinski said that he thinks they'll change the plea to guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to have an insanity phased trial, rather than the not guilty plea by reason of mental disease or defect which was plead in January.

Service stretching from Lakeville to Bloomington is, pending approval Wednesday, scheduled to begin operation June 22, Apple Valley-Rosemount Patch said.

The Cedar Avenue busway is meant to copy the light rail, with special shoulder lanes dedicated to buses. The busway, named the Red Line, will connect with the Hiawatha light rail, soon to be the Blue Line, the Star Tribune said.

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