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Utah appeals gay marriage case to U.S. Supreme Court

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 06 August 2014 05:35

The state of Utah filed its appeal of a gay marriage ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, becoming the first state to ask the justices to review a state same-sex marriage ban since the high court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.

Datebook: What news might you be reading about in early August?

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:39

Some events likely to make headlines in August include:


Report: 10.3 million gain health coverage on marketplace during 1st enrollment

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 24 July 2014 06:39

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that 10.3 million uninsured adults gained health care coverage following the first open enrollment period in the federal government’s health insurance marketplace.

The study, dealing with trends in insurance before and after the open enrollment period, finds greater gains in the states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act. Wisconsin is not one of those states.

Corporations are people? It's a real legal concept

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 08 July 2014 04:36

There may be more to that "we the people" notion than you thought.

These are boom times for the concept of "corporate personhood."

Not so golden: Wealth gap lasting into retirement

Written by MICHAEL HILL,
Associated Press writer
Wednesday, 13 August 2014 20:20

William Kistler views retirement like someone tied to the tracks and watching a train coming. It’s looming and threatening, but there’s little he can do.

Kistler, a 63-year-old resident of Golden, Colorado, has been unable to build up a nest egg for himself and his wife with his modest salary at a nonprofit. He has saved little in a 401(k) over the past decade, after spending most of his working life self-employed. That puts him far behind many wealthier Americans approaching retirement.

North Carolina attorney general will stop defending his state's gay marriage ban

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 28 July 2014 17:58

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper.

About two hours after the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Virginia's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said he will no longer defend his state's voter-approved constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage equality.

News of police KKK ties stuns residents of Florida town

AP writer
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 19:41

Residents of the small town of Fruitland Park, Florida have been stunned by an investigative report linking two city police officers with the Ku Klux Klan, the secret hate society that once was violently active in the area.

The violence against African-Americans that permeated the area was more than 60 years ago, when the place was more rural and the main industry was citrus. These days, the community of less than 5,000 residents northwest of Orlando has been infused by the thousands of wealthier, more cosmopolitan retirees in the area. Those who live in the bedroom community, which is less than 10 percent black, have reacted not only with shock, but disgust that officers could be involved with the Klan, the mayor said.

Court: Arizona Gov. Brewer wrong to bar DREAMers from driver's licenses

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 08 July 2014 05:30

A federal appeals court panel has said that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was wrong to bar some young immigrants from receiving driver’s licenses.

In its finding, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered the Arizona Motor Vehicle Division to end its policy of denying licenses to DREAMers, young immigrants who came to the United States as children and who have permission from the federal government to live and work here.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg says Supreme Court won't 'duck' same-sex marriage

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 03 August 2014 06:05

The Supreme Court won't duck the issue of same-sex marriage the next time a case comes to the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says.

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Fast food workers vow civil disobedience

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 27 July 2014 17:42


Comparing their campaign to the civil rights movement, fast food workers from across the country voted Saturday to escalate their efforts for $15-an-hour pay and union membership by using nonviolent civil disobedience.

Ryan Schucard

A Pennsylvania congressman’s press secretary pleaded not guilty yesterday to a weapons charge after Capitol police say Ryan Schucard carried a 9 mm handgun and magazine into a federal office building in Washington.

Appeals court ruling edges same-sex marriage decision closer to Supreme Court

Written by Nicholas Riccardi
and Brady McCombs,
AP writers
Sunday, 29 June 2014 17:25

The first ruling by a federal appeals court that states cannot prevent gay couples from marrying makes it more likely the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately have to make a decision it has so far avoided: whether states have the ability to prohibit same-sex marriage.