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Explosion in wealth inequality around world

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:58

The 85 richest people in the world now have the same wealth as the poorest half of the world, according to anti-poverty organization Oxfam. In a report released in late October, the charitable group said the number of billionaires in the world has doubled since the financial crisis, but prosperity hasn’t — and won’t — trickle down.

Those 85 people at the top of the pyramid saw their collective wealth increase $668 million per day from 2013 to 2014 — almost $500,000 a minute, according to the report Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality.

Uncertainty in Kansas as officials refuse to honor court orders on same-sex marriage

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 13 November 2014 08:05

Same-sex couples in Kansas are eager to say "I do" in the exchange of wedding vows, but Kansas officials — from the state level to the local level — are saying we won't to legal rulings to issue marriage licenses.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision late on Nov. 12 cleared the way for same-sex marriages in Kansas, but the court clerk in the most populous county won't grant licenses to gay couples until a separate legal case is resolved before the state's highest court.

Angering Republicans, president embraces 'net neutrality'

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 07:35

President Barack Obama on Nov. 10 embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to more heavily regulate Internet providers and treat broadband much as it would any other public utility. He said the FCC should explicitly prohibit Internet providers like Verizon and AT&T from charging data hogs like Netflix extra to move their content more quickly. The announcement sent cable stocks tumbling.

TV ad campaign for gay equality launched in Mississippi

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 November 2014 09:38

Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of groundbreaking television commercials, direct-mail messages and phone-bank operations designed to promote equality and legal protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.

World on track to close gender gap — in 81 years

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:55

The world has seen only a small improvement in equality for women in the workplace in nine years of measuring the global gender gap. And, with all else remaining equal, it will take 81 years for the world to close the equality gap, according to a report by the World Economic Forum.

“Much of the progress on gender equality over the last 10 years has come from more women entering politics and the workforce,” said Saadia Zahidi, head of the gender parity program at the Geneva-based nonprofit and the lead author of the report. “While more women and more men have joined the workforce over the last decade, more women than men entered the labor force in 49 countries.”

South Carolina to appeal ruling overturning marriage ban

Written by From AP
and Wig reports
Wednesday, 12 November 2014 15:29

A federal judge on Nov. 12 struck down South Carolina's same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional, opening the door to such marriages but also giving the state a week to appeal. The attorney general said he would do so immediately.

U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel, ruling in the case of a same-sex couple from Charleston who sued to be married, found South Carolina's state constitutional ban "invalid as a matter of law."

Feeding the homeless: Act of charity or a crime?

AP writer
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:26

To Arnold Abbott, feeding the homeless in a public park in South Florida was an act of charity. To the city of Fort Lauderdale, the 90-year-old man in white chef's apron serving up gourmet-styled meals was committing a crime.

For more than two decades, the man many call "Chef Arnold" has proudly fired up his ovens to serve up four-course meals for the downtrodden who wander the palm tree-lined beaches and parks of this sunny tourist destination.

Gay marriage headed back to Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 07 November 2014 07:31

A month after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to rule on gay marriage, the issue is headed its way again.

A federal appeals court on Nov. 6 halted a run of rulings supporting same-sex marriage by the U.S. courts that are the last line for appeals just below the Supreme Court. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel instead upheld laws against the practice in four states - Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

How does this little piggy get to market?
What producers don’t want you to know

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 November 2014 16:10

At any given moment at Reichardt Duck Farm in Petaluma, California, about 200,000 ducks are living in tightly cramped pens, suffering disease, injury and starvation until they join the ranks of the million ducks the farm slaughters in a year for the food industry.

Millennials desire to own a business, but see less opportunity

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:10

More than half of millennials desire to start a business, but fewer are creating new businesses than previous generations did at a similar age, according to a brief from the Center for American Progress.

Generation Progress, the youth advocacy arm of the Center for American Progress, brought together young entrepreneurs from Oakland, California; New York City and Columbus, Ohio and asked them about their experiences, the challenges they have faced and what policies they would recommend to remove the barriers to starting a business.

Animal advocates, farm workers sue FDA over animal growth drugs

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 10 November 2014 13:13

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of several ractopamine-based animal drugs is being challenged by animal advocates and farm workers. The groups are suing the FDA for failing to take into account the drugs’ cumulative effects on animal behavior, worker safety, wildlife or the nation’s waterways.

The lawsuit focuses on ractopamine, a drug fed to farm animals to promote rapid weight gain. The drug has been banned in dozens of countries and is said to cause death, lameness, stiffness, trembling and shortness of breath in farm animals.

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upholds same-sex marriage bans

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 06 November 2014 17:57

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit on Nov. 6 overturned lower court rulings that struck down Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee bans on marriage equality.