Will Walker run for president? The 2016 checklist

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 10 April 2014 03:47

A look at preparations by Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., for a potential 2016 presidential campaign:

Nondenial denial: "I'm really focused on 2014, not getting ahead of the game. ... You guys can predict all you want." - Jan. 5, CNN.

Nebraska city creates rent permits to counter illegal immigration

Written by The AP Thursday, 10 April 2014 03:29

Four years after Fremont residents first voted to impose restrictions on illegal immigration, the small Nebraska city will finally start requiring renters to get a $5 permit today (April 10).

Earlier this year, nearly 60 percent of voters in the conservative city of about 26,000 again backed the housing restrictions that require renters to swear they have legal permission to live in the United States and prohibit landlords from renting to anyone without a city permit.

Wisconsin reading, math scores up slightly

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:44

Reading and math scores for most Wisconsin public school students increased slightly on tests administered last fall, but wide achievement gaps between white students and minorities persist, results released this week show.

Test results for students participating in the taxpayer-subsidized private school voucher program were to be released later Tuesday.

Carter: U.S. dormant on inequalities between black and white

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:03

Former President Jimmy Carter on Tuesday night lamented continuing inequalities between black and white Americans during a 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act in Texas that will feature four of the five living U.S. presidents this week.

Carter said "too many people are at ease" with black unemployment rates that exceed the national average and schools in some places that he described as basically still segregated.

Wisconsin Gov. Walker dodges question about lack of degree

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 10 April 2014 03:43

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a potential 2016 Republican candidate for president who lacks a college degree, said on April 9 that he would like to complete his course work to get his diploma, but he dodged a question about whether it was necessary to run for higher office.

Appeals court hears arguments today in Utah marriage equality case

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 10 April 2014 03:21

Arguments will be heard today in the Utah marriage equality case.

With its recent string of high-profile victories in federal court, the gay marriage movement is hoping to build momentum to help it attain its long-held goal: A Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

Businesses grab up next year's visas for highly skilled workers

Written by The AP Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:17

Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced this week.

The agency had been accepting applications just since April 1 for the 2015 fiscal year quota of the highly coveted H-1B visas, which are used for computer programmers, engineers and other skilled workers employed in the Silicon Valley and elsewhere.

Scientists, economists urge Obama to reject Keystone XL pipeline

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 08 April 2014 11:01

More than 100 leading scientists and economists are calling on the Obama Administration to deny the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. They say the pipeline will trigger massive development of the world’s dirtiest oil and escalate climate change.

The coalition includes winners of the Nobel Prize in physics and economics and lead authors of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports.

Hey sports fans: new LGBT sports talk radio show to launch

Written by The AP Thursday, 10 April 2014 03:36

The premiere of "The Outfield" this weekend on satellite radio will open with a discussion of Derrick Gordon, the UMass guard who this week became the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player.

Seemingly perfect timing for a sports talk show about LGBT issues to debut just four days after that news broke. But the philosophy behind the weekly program on SiriusXM is that such stories are common.

UMass guard Derrick Gordon comes out as gay

Written by The AP Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:06

UMass guard Derrick Gordon has come out as gay, becoming the first openly gay player in Division I men's basketball in the NCAA.

Gordon came out on April 9 in interviews with ESPN and Outsports. He is a sophomore with UMass and was the fourth-leading scorer with 9.4 points per game in the last season.

Comic book Archie to die a hero in July

Written by The AP Wednesday, 09 April 2014 08:11

Not even Archie Andrews is immortal in the world of comics.

Archie Comics announced Tuesday that the famous comic book character will heroically sacrifice himself while saving the life of a friend in a July installment of "Life with Archie," a comic book series that tells the story of grown-up renditions of Archie and his Riverdale gang.

Study: Federal protections fail to keep potentially harmful chemicals out of foods

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:46

A watchdog organization says federal protections intended to keep potentially unsafe chemicals out of U.S. foods are  nadequate and may be putting the health of Americans at risk.

The Natural Resources Defense Council says its recent investigation found the food safety protection system is: marred by minimal supervision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, rife with apparent conflicts of interest in safety evaluations and rendered "all but toothless by a gaping loophole that allows companies to simply declare as safe hundreds of chemicals added to our foods—without any notification to the FDA or the public."