Immigrant mothers allege mistreatment in US detention centers

Written by The AP Tuesday, 11 August 2015 11:01

Five immigrant mothers held in facilities with their children are seeking millions of dollars in damages from the U.S. government for what they contend is psychological and physical harm as a result of being detained , according to court papers filed this week.

Andrew Free, a Nashville immigration lawyer representing the women, filed tort claims against the Department of Homeland Security, alleging the detained women and their children received inadequate medical care, suffered psychological trauma and in some cases were wrongfully imprisoned.

Filings show that prosecutors believed Scott Walker committed a felony

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Thursday, 06 August 2015 18:50

A court filing shows investigators believed Republican Gov. Scott Walker committed a felony when he was Milwaukee County executive in relation to an office lease contract.

Walter Palmer wanted by U.S. and Zimbabwe officials for slaughter of Cecil the lion

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 30 July 2015 17:18

Walter Palmer, left, seen here with another African lion he killed.

Officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service want to talk to Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who became a target of worldwide outrage after illegally killing Cecil, a beloved and protected lion, in Zimbabwe.

Minnesota offers region's highest minimum wage

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:03

Minnesota this week vaults past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.

The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect on Aug. 1 for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a three-stage increase adopted in 2014, when the state had one of the lowest minimum wages in the region. Next August, the wage will rise again to $9.50 and it will go up automatically with inflation in following years.

Trump still leads in Iowa poll, Walker's numbers fall

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Monday, 10 August 2015 12:13

An Iowa poll released on Aug. 10 finds Donald Trump leading the Republican field in Iowa even after a weekend of controversy.

Trump is at 19 percent to 12 percent for Ben Carson and Scott Walker, 11 percent for Jeb Bush, 10 percent for Carly Fiorina, 9 percent for Ted Cruz, and 6 percent for Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio.

A second American killed a lion in an illegal hunt with a bow and arrow in Zimbabwe several months ago, according to local authorities. The revelation comes amid an international outcry over a U.S. hunter accused of illegally killing a well-known lion named Cecil in early July.

Federal court looks at N.C. voting law

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 22:11

Demonstrators march through the streets of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on July 13, after the beginning of a federal voting rights trial challenging a 2013 state law.
—PHOTO: AP/Chuck Burton

“This is our Selma,” the president of the North Carolina NAACP said, rallying activists and denouncing Republican efforts to suppress the vote 50 years after the brutal, bloody marches for voting rights in the South.

Cecil, left, affectionately nuzzles a female of his pride.

Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.

Law banning secret filming of animal abuse ruled unconstitutional

Written by Kimberlee Kruesi,
AP writer
Saturday, 08 August 2015 08:35

A worker at Bettencourt Dairy beating a cow that’s too weak to walk with a lead pipe. The picture comes from a video taped by an undercover animal rights activist.

A federal judge ruled that Idaho’s law banning secret filming of animal abuse at agricultural facilities is unconstitutional, giving animal rights activists across the country hope that the decision will pave the way to overturn similar laws — known as “ag gag” laws — in other states.

The beloved Cecil the lion.

A pair of U.S. philanthropists with a passion for wild cats pledged Friday to match new donations to Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Unit — the researchers who were tracking the movements of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

Cecil leaves behind six cubs and millions of mourning fans.

Walter J. Palmer, currently the most despised person on the Internet, has a history of thwarting inconvenient laws to satisfy his cravings.

Equality Act to ban bias introduced in Congress

Written by By Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 01:29

U.S. Rep. John Lewis looked back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and followed the movement’s arc — some would say the rainbow’s arc.