Enbridge delays pipeline at least 1 year

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 02 October 2014 05:52

A Canadian company that wants to build the largest oil pipeline yet from western North Dakota's booming oil patch is delaying the project for at least a year due to permitting problems in Minnesota.

Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge Energy Partners LP disclosed the delay of the $2.6 billion Sandpiper pipeline in a filing this week with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Study: State taxpayers on the hook for $1 billion in useless highway projects due to faulty data

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:06

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will waste up to $1 billion on unneeded highway expansions if it continues to rely on inaccurate, outdated highway-use projections, concluded a comprehensive traffic study by a nonpartisan watchdog group. 

Court dismisses challenge to law allowing Wisconsin to forcibly detain pregnant women

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:25

The federal court in Wisconsin has dismissed a petition filed by Alicia Beltran challenging her detention under a provision of the Wisconsin Children's Code that allows the state to take women into custody from the earliest stages of pregnancy.

Beltran challenged her detention under the Wisconsin law that permitted her arrest, detention and involuntary in-patient medical treatment based upon the unproven charge that she "habitually lacked self-control in the use of alcohol or controlled substances."

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters endorses for Nov. 4

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 30 September 2014 14:42

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters has announced its endorsed candidates for the upcoming November election. Among those endorsed: Mary Burke for governor.

The slate represents a bipartisan set of candidates committed to getting to work to solve Wisconsin’s most pressing conservation problems, according to a news release from the group.

Appeals court reverses ruling that allowed N.C. voting changes before midterm

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 02 October 2014 05:28

The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals this week reversed a lower court ruling that had allowed provisions of North Carolina's restrictive voting law to go into effect before the midterm election.

The appeals court order restores same-day registration and reinstates out-of-precinct provisional voting on Voting Rights Act grounds.

Pot politics: Marijuana entrepreneurs making political donations

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:02

Marijuana entrepreneurs are taking another step into the mainstream by becoming political donors.

Marijuana businesses are using some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states.

Panel: Wisconsin congressman likely broke House rules

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 01 October 2014 03:58

A congressional review panel said there is "substantial reason to believe" that veteran U.S. Rep. Tom Petri of Wisconsin violated House rules by acting on behalf of two companies in which he owned significant amounts of stock, according to a report released on Sept. 30.

The independent Office of Congressional Ethics said Petri advocated for Oshkosh Corp. and the Manitowoc Co. despite owning at least $250,000 worth of Oshkosh stock and at least $100,000 worth of stock in Manitowoc. Both companies are based in Wisconsin.

Peace, love and potato salad: Crowdfunding beneficiary hosts PotatoStock

Written by The AP Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:40

Remember the Ohio man who raised $55,000 in a joking crowdfunding appeal to pay for his first attempt at making potato salad?

He threw a huge public party over the weekend, promising with his invites "peace, love and potato salad."

What if Supreme Court doesn't take up gay marriage?

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 02 October 2014 05:17

Same-sex couples in 11 more states would win the right to marry, but the issue would remain unsettled nationwide if the Supreme Court were to surprise everyone and decline to take up gay marriage right now.

A decision by the justices to reject calls from all quarters to take up same-sex marriage would lead to gay and lesbian unions in 30 states and the District of Columbia, up from 19 states.

Unregulated genetically modified wheat popping up in Montana

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 01 October 2014 08:57

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up in a second location in the United States, this time in Montana, the Agriculture Department has said.

No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of unapproved varieties can pose a potential threat to U.S. trade with countries that have concerns about genetically modified foods.

University to present performance center designs to Madison commission

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 19:19

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is moving ahead with plans to build a new performance center on campus. 

Architects will present their design to a city commission on Oct. 1. The $22 million project includes a 325-seat recital hall, large rehearsal room and lobby. And it's funded by anonymous donors.

Christie campaigns for Walker, first lady campaigns for Burke

Written by The Associated Press Tuesday, 30 September 2014 09:27

Wisconsin's tense race for governor got some political star power on Sept. 29, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie urging Republicans to step up their support for a potential presidential rival, Scott Walker. First lady Michelle Obama, meanwhile, campaigned for former state commerce secretary Mary Burke.

Christie and Walker sidestepped any talk of a 2016 nomination fight against each other.