Still at it
Republicans advance latest bill to unravel Affordable Care Act

Written by Stephen Ohlemacher,
AP writer
Sunday, 04 October 2015 09:18

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan

Last week, House Republicans advanced legislation to dismantle President Barack Obama’s health law — legislation that could actually reach the president’s desk for a certain veto.  The House GOP has voted more than 50 times to repeal all or parts of the health law. Almost all the bills died in the Senate.

UW regents to consider waiving out-of-state student limits

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:11

—PHOTO: enwikipedia

University of Wisconsin-Madison officials plan to ask UW System regents for permission to lift the school’s cap on out-of-state students, a move they say would attract more young people to Wisconsin. It also would bolster the school’s coffers considerably as it struggles with deep budget cuts.

Oregon marijuana shops begin sales to recreational users

Written by The AP Friday, 02 October 2015 06:47

Oregon marijuana shops began selling marijuana on Oct. 1 for the first time to recreational users, marking a big day for the budding pot industry.

Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer medical marijuana in Oregon opened their doors soon after midnight— just moments after it became legal to sell to anyone who is at least 21.

Food industry CEOs call for ‘sound’ deal on climate change

Written by lisa neff Friday, 02 October 2015 06:13

The CEOs of several major food and beverage companies are calling on world leaders to push for a meaningful agreement at the United Nation’s conference on climate change later this year in Paris.

Clinton says gay rights will be a pillar of her administration

Written by Lisa Lerer,
AP writer
Sunday, 04 October 2015 08:17

Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered the strongest speech in support of gay rights in the 2016 presidential race on Oct. 3, promising that ending discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people would be a pillar of her administration.

Ten Commandments monument ordered to be removed from Oklahoma's Capitol grounds

Written by Sean Murphy,
AP writer
Saturday, 03 October 2015 06:42

Oklahoma State Capitol. —PHOTO: Wikipedia

A six-foot-tall granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sat outside the Oklahoma State Capitol for several years is on its way out.

Artist shot, killed while painting anti-violence mural

Written by lisa neff Friday, 02 October 2015 06:38

An artist was shot and killed in Oakland, California, while he was helping to paint a street-side mural for a group that works to spread peace and stop violence, authorities said.

Police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said earlier this week that officers were searching for the shooter as friends mourned Antonio Ramos, 27, during a vigil at the mural site.

Titanic’s last lunch menu sells for $88,000

Written by The AP Friday, 02 October 2015 06:00

The Titanic’s last lunch menu, saved by a first-class passenger who climbed aboard a lifeboat whose crew was said to have been bribed to row away instead of rescue more people, sold at auction for $88,000 this week.

The online New York auctioneer Lion Heart Autographs offered the menu and two other previously unknown artifacts from Lifeboat 1.


Judge Rebecca Bradley

The death of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks with 10 months left on his term could set up a spring election that’s as much a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker as it is on who should serve on the state’s highest court.

Case to overturn Wisconsin’s gerrymandered legislative districts moves forward

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 02 October 2015 18:17

Sachin Chheda —PHOTO: Nation Consulting

A lawsuit filed by Democrats challenging Wisconsin’s 2010 political map reached a small milestone recently when it filed a rebuttal to state Republicans’ motion to dismiss the case. The Democrats also learned the names of the appeals court justices who would hear their case — known as Whitford v. Nichols — if it moves forward.

Senators reach deal on criminal justice overhaul

Written by Stephen Ohlemacher,
AP writer
Friday, 02 October 2015 06:36

A bipartisan group of senators has reached a long-sought agreement on changes to the criminal justice system that would reduce prison sentences for certain non-violent drug offenders.

Now Walker says exiting the race allows him to help re-elect Ron Johnson

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Thursday, 01 October 2015 18:01

With his run for the White House behind him, Gov. Scott Walker says that now he’ll be free to campaign aggressively for U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson win re-election to the U.S. Senate in a rematch against Democrat Russ Feingold.