Cecil leaves behind six cubs and millions of mourning fans.

Walter J. Palmer, currently the most despised person on the Internet, has a history of thwarting inconvenient laws to satisfy his cravings.

Minnesota offers region's highest minimum wage

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 July 2015 10:03

Minnesota this week vaults past Illinois, Michigan and South Dakota to gain the highest minimum wage in the Midwestern region at $9 an hour, which also will rank among the most-generous state wage floors in the country.

The dollar-per-hour bump taking effect on Aug. 1 for some 288,000 of Minnesota's lowest-paid workers is the second of a three-stage increase adopted in 2014, when the state had one of the lowest minimum wages in the region. Next August, the wage will rise again to $9.50 and it will go up automatically with inflation in following years.

The Wisconsin state Assembly voted on July 28 to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team president Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public.

Obama commutes sentences, seeks fairer system

Written by From WiG
and AP reports
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 01:29

President Barack Obama is pushing for bipartisan action to change the criminal justice system in ways that go far beyond the limited executive powers that he’s used to reduce harsh prison sentences for dozens of non-violent offenders.

Local jazz musicians to play Summerfest grounds

Written by WiG Wednesday, 29 July 2015 17:59

Organizers announced that the Summerfest Grounds will host a free one-day jazz festival, Visions on the Lake, from 2 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 2.

Co-presented by Milwaukee World Festival and Milwaukee Jazz Fusion, a community group dedicated to advancing jazz in Milwaukee, the event is the second installment of Visions on the Lake, which debuted in 2013.

Group starts process to sue over Great Lakes pipeline plan

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:55

The National Wildlife Federation is accusing the U.S. Transportation Department  of not enforcing a federal law that requires pipeline owners and operators to establish safety response plans for worst-case oil spills in lakes, rivers and other waterways.

Leaders of the conservation organization said it filed the required "intent to sue" notice through certified mail, giving officials 60 days to issue regulations or face a federal lawsuit.

Cecil, left, affectionately nuzzles a female of his pride.

Zimbabwean police said Tuesday they are searching for an American who allegedly shot a well-known, protected lion known as Cecil with a crossbow in a killing that has outraged conservationists and others.

Federal court upholds ban on sales of puppy mill dogs

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:41

A federal court has upheld a measure banning pet stores in Phoenix from selling puppies produced in inhumane, commercial, dog breeding facilities known as puppy mills.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona rejected a pet store’s federal constitutional challenge to the local ordinance.

Packers president: Team will never sell naming rights to Lambeau Field

Written by Genaro C. Armas,
AP sports writer
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 16:51

The tradition-rich Packers are embracing trendy throwback looks for their alternate, third jerseys. They’re nearly finished upgrading the wireless connectivity at Lambeau Field to help fans text and tweet about every touchdown pass from MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Scott Walker in Philly: American, not Cheez Whiz on cheesesteak

Written by The AP Wednesday, 29 July 2015 09:44

The governor of the nation's top cheese-producing state visited the capital of cheesesteaks on July 28 and ordered two topped with American, skipping the customary Cheez Whiz but avoiding the blunder of a former presidential candidate who was ridiculed for wanting his with Swiss.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Geno's Steaks owner Geno Vento he's had cheesesteaks with Cheez Whiz in Philadelphia before and would have been dripping the orange goo if he ordered his the usual way.

Equality Act to ban bias introduced in Congress

Written by By Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 29 July 2015 01:29

U.S. Rep. John Lewis looked back to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s and followed the movement’s arc — some would say the rainbow’s arc.

Texas county where Sandra Bland died has history of racial tension

Associated Press
Tuesday, 28 July 2015 04:23

In the searing 100-degree Texas heat, Sylvester Nunn uses three worn beach umbrellas to protect himself and the produce piled in the bed of his old Chevy pickup truck as he carries on a generations-old summer tradition.

The 78-year-old is selling watermelons by the roadside just outside Hempstead, Texas, where the perfect combination of sandy soil and rainfall make this the watermelon capital of Texas. During the first half of the 20th century, the area was the nation’s largest shipper of the sweet red fruit.