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Florida hospital threatens to force pregnant patient to undergo cesarean surgery

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 25 July 2014 09:46

A Florida hospital has threatened to force a pregnant patient to undergo cesarean surgery against her will and to report her to child welfare authorities for exercising her right to medical decision-making.

The threat was made in a letter from the chief financial officer of Bayfront Health in Port Charlotte to Jennifer Goodall, a Cape Coral, Florida, mother of three who at the time was nearly 39 weeks pregnant.

Report: Affordable Care Act rule saves consumers $9 billion on health insurance premiums

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:17

Consumers saved $9 billion on their health insurance premiums since 2011 because of the Affordable Care Act, according to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.

The 80/20 rule, also known as the Medical Loss Ratio rule, requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on patient care and quality improvement activities.

Michigan city sued after rejecting 'reason station' at city hall

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 23 July 2014 16:09

A coalition of civil liberties groups has filed a federal lawsuit challenging a ban on an atheist booth in the atrium of city hall in Warren, Michigan. The city has allowed a prayer station in the atrium.

Gay couple asks Florida judge to lift stay, allow them to marry

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 21 July 2014 10:31

Attorneys for a gay couple in the Florida Keys filed a motion on July 21 asking Circuit Judge Luis Garcia to lift the automatic stay triggered by the appeal filed by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Garcia, on July 17, ruled that the state amendment against same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and he ordered the Monroe County clerk to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples but he placed a stay on the order until July 22.

States where immigrant children are released

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 25 July 2014 09:35

States with established Central American immigrant communities have received the most unaccompanied children released to sponsors this year after they were arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Class-action suit seeks lawyers for minors facing deportation

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 24 July 2014 10:42

Immigrants stand in line for tickets at a bus station after they were released from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility in McAllen, Texas. — PHOTO: Eric Gay/The Associated Press

Three children who witnessed the killing of their father in El Salvador left the violence seeking refuge in the United States. They now face deportation hearings, and expect to go to court without a lawyer.

Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism

AP writer
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 14:08

In “Jaws,” the fictional mayor tried to protect the summer tourism season by keeping a lid on reports of the man-eater lurking offshore.

As sightings of great white sharks mount off Cape Cod in real life, however, businesses in the Massachusetts town of Chatham are embracing the frenzy.

Transcript: Remarks by Obama before signing executive order

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 21 July 2014 09:50

President Barack Obama on July 21 signed an executive order banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity by federal contractors. The order also prohibits discrimination based on gender identity in federal employment. The following is a transcript, provided by the White House, of the president's remarks from the East Room.…

     THE PRESIDENT:  Welcome to the White House, everybody.  I know I'm a little late.  But that's okay because we've got some big business to do here. 

On the record: John Oliver said what?

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 23:17

“Our main story tonight, is income inequality. A good way to figure out which side of it you’re on, is whether you are currently paying for HBO, or stealing it.”

— JOHN OLIVER, host of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, addressing income inequality on his show. He went on to say that most Americans overwhelmingly believe that the system favors the rich, but they accept it because they think that they too will somehow be rich someday.

Federal judge strikes down Colorado's anti-gay marriage amendment

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 24 July 2014 04:25

The winning streak continues: A federal judge in Denver has struck down Colorado's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, calling it unconstitutional but issuing a temporary stay to give the state a chance to appeal.

Some two dozen courts have ruled against amendments barring gay and lesbian couples from marrying since last summer.

Baltimore City Police are investigating the killing of Mia Henderson, a transgender woman and sister of NBA player Reggie Bullock.

The slaying is the latest in a string of Baltimore area homicides this year in which transgender women of color have been killed. 

An international AIDS conference opened in Australia on July 20 with a tribute to several delegates who were killed en route to the gathering when their plane was shot down over Ukraine.

Officials at the opening ceremony for the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne held a moment of silence for the six AIDS researchers and activists killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.