PETA exposes abuse at monkey breeding facility in Florida

Written by The AP Tuesday, 02 June 2015 09:16

An undercover investigation by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals at a monkey breeding facility has led to a federal review at the southwest Florida business.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating a Primate Products Inc. in Hendry County, where an undercover worker found sick and injured monkeys living in inhumane and unsanitary conditions.

Hemp industry enters 2nd year with hazy market potential

AP writer
Monday, 01 June 2015 10:27

The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.

The federal government has allowed limited imports of hemp seed — in Colorado’s case, this past month — for research and development purposes. Companies trying to create a U.S. hemp industry are seeking investors not only for unproven products but for a plant that is still classified under the federal Controlled Substances Act with marijuana and thus cannot be patented.

Illinois lawmakers send bill banning ex-gay therapy to governor

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Saturday, 30 May 2015 03:51

The Illinois State Senate on May 29 voted 34-19 to pass House Bill 217, the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth from the discredited practice of conversion therapy.

The bill was approved 68-43 by the House in May.

State of Indiana paid $1.4 million in fees to fight gay marriage

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 28 May 2015 06:12

The Indiana attorney general’s office says the state had to pay more than $1.4 million in fees to plaintiffs’ attorneys in its unsuccessful attempt to maintain its ban on same-sex marriages.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Indiana in October, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided to let stand two federal court rulings that said the state’s ban and refusal to recognize such marriages performed elsewhere was unconstitutional.

Groups to suspend Run Warren Run campaign

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 02 June 2015 06:12

The groups behind Run Warren Run are suspending their push to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president on June 8. That day, six months after launching the campaign to draft the U.S. senator into a run for the White House, the groups are delivering a petition with 365,000 signatures from supporters. Political Action and Democracy for America launched the Run Warren Run campaign in December 2014 with a commitment to invest at least $1.25 million after supermajorities of both groups’ members voted in support.

TV actor Dustin Diamond was convicted Friday of two misdemeanors stemming from a barroom fight, but a Wisconsin jury cleared the former Saved by the Bell actor of the most serious felony charge.

Illinois House approves statewide rules for police body cameras

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 29 May 2015 11:06

Illinois could soon establish statewide rules for the use of police body cameras, but the proposed legislation would not require officers to have the devices.

A package of police reforms passed the Illinois House on May 28 with a 107-3 vote and was headed back to a Senate committee.

Lawmakers changing California initiative process in response to kill-gays campaign

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 28 May 2015 05:59

The California Assembly has approved changing the process for qualifying ballot initiatives in response to a proposal advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people.

A pair of bills advanced this week to make it tougher for Californians to propose clearly unconstitutional ballot measures.

Vanity Fair introduces Caitlyn Jenner on cover

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 01 June 2015 11:56

The cover of Vanity Fair.
— Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Vanity Fair magazine on June 1 published a 22-page cover story introducing Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner.

Anti-gay former Republican House Speaker allegedly paid hush money to boy he molested

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Saturday, 30 May 2015 10:44

Dennis Hastert

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually a boy decades ago when he was a high school wrestling coach, according to a person familiar with the allegations.

Molestation claim against Michael Jackson's estate dismissed

Written by By Anthony McCartney,
AP Entertainment writer
Friday, 29 May 2015 08:23

A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer’s estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his ruling that Wade Robson’s claim is untimely and should be dismissed.

Sanders officially launches his presidential bid in Vermont, and to Clinton's left

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 27 May 2015 06:38

Challenging Hillary Rodham Clinton from the left, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential bid on May 26 with a pitch to liberals to join him in a "political revolution" to transform the nation's economy and politics.