Republican lawmakers on the Legislature’s finance committee has plans to restructure Gov. Scott Walker’s struggling job creation agency WEDC. The committee has approved a plan to remove the governor as chairman, dramatically reduce the agency’s reserves and eliminate a program that would fund regional loans.

Wal-Mart’s push on animal welfare hailed as game changer

Written by The AP
and WiG reports
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:32

Wal-Mart’s push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say.

Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry.


The Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office says it’s investigating potential animal abuse on two farms where over 80 dead calves have been found amid deplorable conditions.

Ireland becomes first nation in the world to vote for gay marriage

Written by The Associated Press Saturday, 23 May 2015 06:27

 Ireland has voted resoundingly to legalize gay marriage in the world's first national vote on the issue, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday even as official ballot counting continued.

President Vladimir Putin signed a bill into law this month giving prosecutors the power to declare foreign and international organizations “undesirable” in Russia and shut them down.

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have condemned the measure as part of an “ongoing draconian crackdown which is squeezing the life out of civil society.”

Irish gays wake up to whole new world: When’s the wedding?

AP writer
Monday, 25 May 2015 08:21

Ireland’s gay citizens woke up on May 23 in what felt like a nation reborn — some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.

Many weren’t rising too early. The Irish gay community’s biggest party in history came late on May 23, after the announcement that the nation’s voters had passed a gay marriage referendum by a landslide.

Governor commutes life sentence for man convicted of marijuana offenses

Written by The Associated Press Sunday, 24 May 2015 06:55

A Missouri man sentenced to life without parole for marijuana-related offenses is eligible for parole May 22 after Gov. Jay Nixon commuted his sentence.

Republican leaders reject Walker's cuts to SeniorCare

Written by AP Saturday, 23 May 2015 06:16

The Legislature’s finance committee has rejected Gov. Scott Walker’s cuts to Wisconsin’s popular SeniorCare program.

Pricing sparks sales run for Spark electric car

Written by ANN M. JOB,
For The Associated Press
Monday, 25 May 2015 09:23

It took a price cut to generate a run on Chevrolet’s 2015 Spark EV, with savvy car buyers realizing the lower price and federal electric vehicle tax credit can make for a super deal.

Chevrolet lowered the starting retail price for the plucky subcompact electric car to $25,995 last month, making it the lowest-priced 2015 electric car with two rows of seats offered in the U.S. by a major auto manufacturer. With the $7,500 tax credit, the purchase price can wind up at just $18,495 — akin to the price of a gasoline-powered small car like the Honda Fit EX.

Gov. Scott Walker has appointed the son of a president of a foundation that supports tea party causes to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents. The board oversees the University of Wisconsin system, setting policies and approving budgets, among other vital regulatory duties.

Legislature considers bill allowing hunters to wear pink in effort to attract more women

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Saturday, 23 May 2015 15:42

Maybe this is the sort of attire male lawmakers hope to find hunting beside them in the woods.

Real men — and women — could wear pink in Wisconsin’s woods if a group of lawmakers get their way.

3 anti-nuclear activists released from federal prison

Written by The AP Friday, 22 May 2015 11:46

An 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who vandalized a uranium storage bunker were released from prison earlier this month.

Attorney Marc Shapiro says Sister Megan Rice was released just hours after 66-year-old Michael Walli and 59-year-old Greg Boertje-Obed also were let out of prison.