Federal bill would restrict ‘ex-gay’ therapy

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Tuesday, 19 May 2015 14:08

U.S. Rep. Ted W. Lieu of California is introducing legislation to restrict the practice of so-called “ex-gay” therapy. Lieu’s measure, the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, would prohibit the practice of providing “conversion therapy” to any person in exchange for monetary compensation or advertising such services.

The bill is backed by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights group.

Obama ends long-running transfer of military gear to police

Written by The AP Tuesday, 19 May 2015 07:50

President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on May 18 in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice.

Grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft and vehicles, firearms and ammunition of .50-caliber or higher will no longer be provided to state and local police agencies by the federal government under Obama's order.

Woman sentenced to 90 days for hate-crime hoax

Written by The AP Monday, 18 May 2015 10:35

A woman who faked an anti-gay hate crime has been sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating probation, but she can apply to serve the time on house arrest.

Charlie Rogers, 36, of Lincoln was sentenced late last week in Lancaster County Court, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. 

Coalition presses for fracking ban in California

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 18 May 2015 08:12

A coalition of more than 100 mayors, city council members and other local officials from dozens of communities want California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt fracking to protect the water supply from contamination during a devastating drought.

In a letter to the Democratic governor, the coalition warns that fracking and other dangerous oil production techniques “will exacerbate many of our environmental threats, particularly local air and water pollution and climate disruption.”

A state report shows the legalization of gay marriage last year boosted the number of couples tying the knot to the highest rate Wisconsin has reported since 2007.

The Department of Health Services report found there were a total of 32,776 marriages performed in the state in 2014, an increase of 2,797 from the year before.

Supreme Court rejects appeal to halt Walker investigation

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 18 May 2015 18:30

The U.S. Supreme Court this morning rejected a petition from conservative groups seeking to halt a probe into whether Scott Walker’s 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated activities with the Koch brothers’ Club for Growth and other “dark money” Republican organizations.

U.S. residents' exposure to extreme heat could increase four- to six-fold by mid-century due to both a warming climate and a population that's growing especially fast in the hottest regions of the country, according to new research.

The study, by researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the City University of New York, highlights the importance of considering societal changes when trying to determine future climate impacts.

Sanders proposing tuition-free 4-year colleges

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 18 May 2015 07:54

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont on May 19 will introduce legislation to provide tuition-free higher education for students at four-year colleges and universities.

Sanders, who is an independent running for the Democratic presidential nomination, said in a news release, “We live in a highly competitive global economy and, if our economy is to be strong, we need the best-educated work force in the world. That will not happen if, every year, hundreds of thousands of bright young people cannot afford to go to college, and if millions more leave school deeply in debt."

Nun who kissed Elvis helps save abbey

Written by The AP Tuesday, 19 May 2015 08:06

Mother Dolores Hart finds it miraculous that she was able to turn one kiss with Elvis Presley into the spark that helped save an abbey.

The former starlet who walked away from Hollywood in 1963 to become a nun spun her tale into a fundraising campaign for her crumbling monastery in rural Connecticut. 

Walker Watch: Scott Walker aides pressed for $500,000 loan

Written by The AP Monday, 18 May 2015 12:15

Gov. Scott Walker's top aides pressed for a taxpayer-funded $500,000 loan to a now-defunct Milwaukee construction company that was collapsing and created no jobs, according to a newspaper investigation.

Walker's economic development agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, awarded an unsecured loan to Building Committee Inc., owned by William Minahan, according to records the Wisconsin State Journal obtained through an open records request. 

1 in 3 live in 'sneeziest and wheeziest' cities
Milwaukee at No. 14

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 18 May 2015 08:25

One-in-three Americans lives in the “sneeziest and wheeziest” cities and regions where they are exposed to both ragweed pollen and ozone smog pollution that can worsen respiratory allergies and asthma, according to a new Natural Resources Defense Council report.

NRDC said some 109 million Americans are more likely to suffer itchy eyes, runny noses and sneezing, and may find it hard to breathe. And they become more ill than those exposed to only ragweed or ozone pollution.

Walker brags to Wisconsin Republicans about turning the state to the right

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Sunday, 17 May 2015 16:08

Gov. Scott Walker told Wisconsin Republicans yesterday that in his four-plus years in office he has transformed the state by enacting numerous conservative priorities, including defunding Planned Parenthood, legalizing concealed carry and weakening public union power.