Recycling groups want Walker budget cuts trashed

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 13:31

A coalition of recycling and solid waste organizations want the Legislature to dump Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts to recycling efforts.

Four recycling groups — the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin, Council on Recycling, Solid Waste Association of North America-Badger Chapter and Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Management Association — in late March weighed in on the Walker budget. They urged reconsideration of proposed reductions or eliminations in funding from the Environmental Management Account.

Clinton to announce presidential campaign on April 12

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Friday, 10 April 2015 10:14

A poster from the Ready for Hillary effort.

Hillary Rodham Clinton will end months of speculation about her political future and launch her long-awaited 2016 presidential campaign on April 12.

Community bulletins
April 9, 2015

Written by WiG reports Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:23

PrideFest Milwaukee expands restroom access

PrideFest Milwaukee plans to provide additional gender-neutral restrooms at this year’s LGBT Pride celebration.

Wisconsin Republicans ‘running scared’ over Walker’s budget

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 09 April 2015 13:19

Gov. Scott Walker’s GOP colleagues are balking at his budget, which axes programs and policies that enjoy strong bipartisan support. That leaves many state Republicans in a no-win situation: Those who give the budget blanket approval will alienate significant numbers of constituents, but those who speak out against it could face the punishment of a well-financed opponent in their next primary race — one paid for by Walker’s corporate backers.

Bush reclaims lead over Walker in North Carolina poll

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 10 April 2015 11:59

The latest North Carolina survey from Public Policy Polling suggests that conservative U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz entering the race is stunting Scott Walker's momentum in North Carolina.

The PPP poll released on April 10 shows Jeb Bush now leads the GOP field in North Carolina with 19 percent to 16 percent for Walker, with Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio each at 11 percent, Ben Carson at 9 percent, Chris Christie at 7 percent, Rand Paul at 6 percent and Rick Perry at 2 percent.

National gaze
April 9, 2015

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 10 April 2015 04:18

Forced sterilization proposed in Tennessee plea deals

Prosecutors in Nashville, Tennessee, made sterilization of women part of plea negotiations at least four times in the past five years. The district attorney banned his staff from using the invasive surgery as a bargaining chip after the latest case.

Earth Day activities in Wisconsin

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 09 April 2015 13:51

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22. The following is a collection of activities on or around the eco-occasion.

WiGWAG news with a twist, April 9, 2015

Written by Lisa Neff ,
Louis Weisberg
and Matthew Reddin
Thursday, 09 April 2015 13:13

Apple a day, or so

A study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine raises questions about the old “apple a day” adage. Researchers reported that apple eaters had slightly fewer doctor visits than apple avoiders — those who ate fewer than one apple daily — or none. However, that difference disappeared when the researchers considered weight, education, health insurance, race and other factors that can explain the frequency of medical visits. Also, the researchers found that apple eaters are less likely to smoke, which could explain better health.

Regional briefs
April 9, 2015

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 10 April 2015 11:21

State to pay for anti-gay marriage defense

An agreement announced in late March requires the state of Wisconsin to pay more than $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented eight gay and lesbian couples who sued to overturn the state’s 2006 constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Amid spate of fraternity investigations, feds indict Georgia man for noose at Ole Miss

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 10 April 2015 03:40

The federal government indicted a Georgia man on one count of conspiracy to violate civil rights and one count of using a threat of force to intimidate African-American students at the University of Mississippi.

Graeme Phillip Harris was enrolled in classes on the Jackson, Mississippi, campus in February 2014, when the noose and a flag bearing the Confederate battle emblem were found on a statue honoring James Meredith, the student who integrated the school in 1962.

Reason to “whoop”: Central Wisconsin is welcoming back “snowbirds” — Nana and Papa are packing up suitcases and closing down condos on Florida’s sunny shores and heading home. But actual snowbirds are flying 1,000-plus miles over the United States to nest in Wisconsin’s woods and marshes, backyards and shorelines.

Madison joins in amicus brief backing Obama's executive actions on immigration

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 09 April 2015 09:52

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin this week announced that the city joined 73 cities and counties in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals urging immediate implementation of President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.