New Jersey sheriff delays acquiring military vehicles

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 29 August 2014 13:05

Sheriff Michael Saudino in Bergen County, New Jersey, will delay the acquisition of two mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles from the Department of Defense.

The disclosure follows the crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, where civil rights protesters faced a police department outfitted for warfare.

Court overturns hate-crime convictions in Amish hair attacks

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:03

Personal conflict, not religion, was the driving motive behind beard- and hair-cutting attacks targeting Amish, an appeals court panel ruled Wednesday in overturning the hate-crime convictions of 16 men and women.

A 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel sided with arguments brought by attorneys for the Amish defendants, who were convicted two years ago in five attacks in 2011. The attacks were in apparent retaliation against Amish who had defied or denounced the authoritarian style of Sam Mullet Sr., leader of the Bergholz community in eastern Ohio.

Walker says he didn’t solicit mining company money

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:43

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is saying that he played no role in soliciting donations from a mining company on behalf of a key conservative group that ran ads supporting him during the 2012 recall attempt and that he didn’t even know the company donated to the group.

While at a Kenosha campaign stop over the weekend, Walker said he was not aware of $700,000 donated by Gogebic Taconite in 2011 and 2012 to Wisconsin Club for Growth, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Endangered species protection sought for monarch butterfly

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 26 August 2014 12:51

The Center for Biological Diversity and Center for Food Safety filed a petition with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking Endangered Species Act protection for monarch butterflies, which have declined by more than 90 percent in under 20 years.

During the same period the once-common iconic orange and black butterflies may have lost more than 165 million acres of habitat — an area about the size of Texas — including nearly a third of their summer breeding grounds, according to a statement from the organizations.

'Yes means Yes' bill sent to California Gov. Brown

Written by The AP Friday, 29 August 2014 06:12

State lawmakers on Aug. 28 passed a bill that would make California the first state to define when "yes means yes" while investigating sexual assaults on college campuses.

The Senate unanimously passed SB967 as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not indicated his stance on the bill.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre is for sale

Written by The AP Wednesday, 27 August 2014 12:23

The Wisconsin music venue tucked away in the rolling hills of Walworth County that has hosted such musical greats as the Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam and the Grateful Dead is for sale.

Alpine Valley Music Theatre is also the place where guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and four others were killed in a helicopter crash following a performance on Aug. 27, 1990.

Farmers’ Almanac predicts another nasty winter

Written by DAVID SHARP,
AP writer
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 03:14

The folks at the Farmers’ Almanac can be forgiven for feeling smug: The 198-year-old publication correctly predicted the past nasty winter while federal forecasters blew it.

Memories of the polar vortex and relentless snowstorms won’t soon be forgotten. And the editors of the publication are predicting more of the same for the coming season.

College tradition: Beloit releases Mindset List for Class of 2018

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:44

Each August since 1998, Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, has released the Beloit College Mindset List, offering a look at the cultural touchstones and experiences that have shaped the worldview of students entering their freshman year at colleges and universities.

So this week, the school released the list for the class of 2018 — many in the class were born in 1996, have always had The Daily Show to set them straight, always been able to secure immediate approval and endorsement for their ideas through “likes” on their Facebook page and have rarely heard the term “bi-partisan agreement.”

Florida Supreme Court asked to decide marriage equality case

Written by The AP Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:24

Florida's highest court is being asked to decide whether or not the state's ban on gay marriage is constitutional.

In an unusual decision, the state's 2nd District Court of Appeal on Aug. 27 asked the Florida Supreme Court to settle the question due to "great public importance." If the high court takes up the case, it could result in having the issue settled even before the U.S. Supreme Court acts.

Political dirty tricks? 400 gnomes missing in Austria

Written by The AP Wednesday, 27 August 2014 07:48

A leading Austrian political party issued a garden gnome alert after 400 of its figurines disappeared from lamp posts used in campaigning.

Placed by the Socialist Party ahead of elections in western Austria, the gnomes were hung about 3 yards from the ground — presumably in part to prevent mass pilfering.

Under fire over tax credit, Ashley Furniture denies plans to reduce Wisconsin job force

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 26 August 2014 15:50

Ashley Furniture Industries disputes reports that it plans to outsource jobs after receiving a $6-million tax credit from Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

UPDATED: Appeals court hears Wisconsin, Indiana marriage cases

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 26 August 2014 10:34

A federal appeals court in Chicago heard oral arguments today (Aug. 26) in marriage equality cases out of Wisconsin and Indiana. The challenges are likely to be taken as far as the U.S. Supreme Court.

On the eve of the hearing, marriage equality advocates rallied in their home states and also on the federal plaza in Chicago, where Illinois state Rep. Greg Harris, the lead sponsor of the bill that legalized same-sex marriage in the state, welcomed the celebrants, including the same-sex couples who've sued for marriage rights.