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On the docket: Marriage equality cases to be heard April 28

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Sunday, 26 April 2015 10:27

‘Smuggled’ brownies prompt Wyoming to look at marijuana laws

Written by The AP Wednesday, 22 April 2015 03:55

A legislative committee is looking at whether state law needs to be clarified on how the illegal use of edible marijuana is penalized in Wyoming.

As more people travel to Colorado and purchase legal treats such as brownies, cookies, or candy infused with marijuana, prosecutors are having a hard time classifying the offense as it travels back to pot-free territory, the Casper Star-Tribune reported.

1,000 rally against 'Fast Track' and Trans-Pacific Partnership proposals

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 21 April 2015 05:29

More than 1,000 protesters assembled in Washington, D.C., over the weekend to demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership and so-called “Fast Track” Trade Promotion Authority.

Protesters carried a banner reading “Don’t Trade Our Future” and a 15-foot Trojan Horse from Lafayette Square in front of the White House to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

Musicians unite for album promoting LGBT equality in Indiana

Written by DAVID LINDQUIST,
The Indianapolis Star
Monday, 20 April 2015 08:06

Dozens of musical acts, from Indiana and across North America, are contributing songs to a compilation album to raise funds for groups that promote LGBT equality in Indiana.

Indianapolis-based Joyful Noise Recordings is issuing “50 Bands & a Cat for Indiana Equality,” a project inspired by the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Bruce Jenner: 'I am a woman'

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:49

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Former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner told the world that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman” in an extraordinary television interview aired Friday about gender confusion he first felt as a youngster trying on his mother’s and sister’s dresses.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on April 20 extended a needle exchange program in a rural, southern Indiana county to help combat an HIV outbreak, even though he generally opposes such programs.

The ultra-conservative Pence approved a 30-day extension of a March 26 executive order that declared a public health emergency in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. Pence opposes such programs as part of a statewide anti-drug policy but said the efforts to fight the outbreak must continue.

Demonstrators to rally for nuclear abolition

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 20 April 2015 13:13

Thousands of protesters are set to gather in New York City this week to demand a nuclear-free world in advance of the five-year Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Review Conference.

Activists, scholars and students with anti-nuclear, peace and environmental justice movements will call on the NPT Review Conference meeting at the United Nations to mandate the commencement of “good faith negotiations” for the complete elimination of the world’s nuclear arsenals, as required by the treaty.

Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown against U.S. nuns

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 17 April 2015 05:59

The Vatican has unexpectedly ended its controversial overhaul of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis.

The Vatican said on April 16 it had accepted a final report on its investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared the "implementation of the mandate has been accomplished" nearly two years ahead of schedule. The umbrella group for women's religious orders had been accused of straying from church teaching.

Jenner comes out in ABC interview

Written by The AP Saturday, 25 April 2015 06:00

In an extraordinary television interview, Bruce Jenner told the world he identifies as a woman and has felt gender confusion since childhood in the New York suburbs.

Jenner let his hair down, literally loosening a ponytail , in a symbolic moment at the start of a two-hour interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer that was televised on April 24. "Yes, for all intents and purposes, I am a woman," Jenner said.

Majority favors pot legalization, 49 percent say they’ve tried the drug

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 21 April 2015 07:17

About 53 percent of Americans think marijuana should be legalized, according to the latest survey from the Pew Research Center.

The analysis shows that 53 percent support legalization and 44 percent support keeping use of the drug illegal.

Senator backs campaign to put female face on $20

Written by The AP Monday, 20 April 2015 08:27

The first woman to serve as both governor and U.S. senator is backing a campaign to put a female face on the $20 bill.

Pot legalization advocates propose banning alcohol sales

Written by DAVE GRAM,
AP writer
Friday, 17 April 2015 05:32

Frustrated by a lack of action on marijuana legalization, two Vermont lawmakers are trying a new tack: No pot, no booze.

Progressive Rep. Chris Pearson and Democratic Rep. Jean O’Sullivan, both from Burlington, held a news conference earlier this week to announce they had filed legislation to ban the sale of alcohol in Vermont.