Mayor Tom Barrett confident in State of the City address

Written by GREG MOORE
Associated Press
Tuesday, 09 February 2016 20:02

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett struck a confident tone during his State of the City address on Feb. 8, despite a spike in homicides and a federal review of the city’s police department.

Barrett said his plan for Wisconsin’s largest city includes economic development, health care and violence prevention, but he didn’t mention the Department of Justice-led investigation of Milwaukee police. He said a plan to put body cameras on each officer by the end of the year is “on-track and on-budget,” and that the effort is vital for transparency and reform. The federal review was launched following the shooting death of a homeless black man at the hands of a white officer in a downtown park that spawned a series of protests. The officer involved was fired but not prosecuted.

PBS, CNN offer options for watching Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 09 February 2016 08:44

PBS NewsHour announced that in addition to broadcasting live on PBS and streaming live on, the PBS NewsHour Democratic Primary Debate – to be held at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 in UW-Milwaukee’s Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts – will be simulcast live on CNN.

Dane County landowners sue over pipeline project

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 09 February 2016 05:49

Seven Dane County landowners filed suit on Feb. 8 in Dane County Circuit Court to force the Enbridge pipeline company to provide $25 million in clean up insurance before increasing capacity of the largest tar sands oil pipeline in the United States.

Feel the Bern: Dozens get free Bernie Sanders tattoo

Written by The AP Monday, 08 February 2016 13:19

Fans of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are wearing their support for him on their sleeves — and on their rib cages, calves, necks and backs.

Candidates sprint to finish in New Hampshire, prepare for long run

Written by The AP Tuesday, 09 February 2016 13:34

Eyeing their first wins in a capricious campaign, Republican Donald Trump lashed out at his opponents on Feb. 8 while Democrat Bernie Sanders sought to play it safe on the eve of the nation's initial primary.

GOP contenders vying for second and third saw fresh hopes for survival after New Hampshire as both parties settled in for a drawn-out slog to the nomination.

Radioactive material found in groundwater under nuclear power plant

Written by The AP Tuesday, 09 February 2016 08:08

An apparent overflow at a nuclear power plant north of New York City spilled highly radioactive water into an underground monitoring well.

Sanders' campaign goals clash with political realities

Written by Lisa Lerer
and Catherine Lucey,
AP writers
Monday, 08 February 2016 21:17

Bernie Sanders promises voters a “political revolution” that will fundamentally remake the American economy and its education and health care systems.

Political tourists flock to New Hampshire for political theater

Written by The AP Monday, 08 February 2016 12:53

Many voters have flocked to New Hampshire as political tourists in the week leading up to the state's Feb. 9 presidential primary. They come from as far as California and as nearby as neighboring Massachusetts to engage in an up-close civics lesson and pose direct questions to the potential next president, an opportunity virtually unheard of in the rest of the country.

American hunters imported 1.2 million animals in past 10 years

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:09

For certain species, including lions, elephants, leopards and rhinos, the U.S. is the largest trophy importing country.
—PHOTO: GraphicStock

U.S hunters have imported more than 1.2 million animals, more than 126,000 a year, as hunting trophies from across the world, according to a new report by Humane Society International and The Humane Society of the United States.

Former Janesville couple among 4 remaining armed holdouts at Oregon refuge

Written by The AP Tuesday, 09 February 2016 07:56

The four armed activists still occupying a national wildlife refuge in Oregon have shown no signs they are ready to leave more than a week after the main figures in the standoff were arrested.

Obama wants to double spending on clean energy R&D

AP writer
Monday, 08 February 2016 13:32

President Barack Obama said over the weekend that he’ll ask Congress to double spending on research and development into clean energy by 2020.

But the request is unlikely to be fulfilled.

Lead poisoning would trigger tap water test under proposal

Written by Dee J. Hall
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Monday, 08 February 2016 07:53

Two Democratic lawmakers from Madison and Milwaukee are proposing a bill that would require the state to conduct tap water testing when a child is lead poisoned. The measure also would lower the level at which the state would be required to investigate the source of lead in a child’s blood.

Current law requires the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to investigate paint, dust and soil as sources of lead and then only when the blood lead level of a child is 15 or 20 micrograms per deciliter or higher, depending on the testing method, according to the bill draft.