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Covert investigation reveals animal abuse at Wisconsin dairy

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 12 November 2014 11:10

An undercover investigation disclosed by Mercy for Animals on Nov. 12 reveals animal abuse at a Wisconsin dairy farm. Video released by Mercy for Animals shows workers at Andrus Dairy in Birnamwood, Wisconsin, kicking and punching cows, hacking off their tails with pruning shears, shooting them in the face and nostrils with high-powered water hoses and dragging them by their necks with ropes attached to tractors.

The nonprofit Mercy also provided material showing that the dairy is a supplier to Ohio-based Great Lakes Cheese, one of the largest cheese companies in the country and a supplier to major grocery chains.

Millennials desire to own a business, but see less opportunity

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 11 November 2014 11:10

More than half of millennials desire to start a business, but fewer are creating new businesses than previous generations did at a similar age, according to a brief from the Center for American Progress.

Generation Progress, the youth advocacy arm of the Center for American Progress, brought together young entrepreneurs from Oakland, California; New York City and Columbus, Ohio and asked them about their experiences, the challenges they have faced and what policies they would recommend to remove the barriers to starting a business.

Alabama man gets 8 years for dog fighting after 451 pit bulls seized

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 November 2014 20:38

Michael Vick

An Alabama man who organized dog fights where participants often bet $100,000 or more on a single deadly match was sentenced to eight years in prison, four times longer than the penalty for the crime’s most famous defendant, NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

A look ahead to issues facing the Wisconsin Legislature

Written by By SCOTT BAUER,
AP writer
Monday, 10 November 2014 10:28

With Republicans holding even tighter control of the Wisconsin Legislature than before and Gov. Scott Walker enjoying his third statewide victory in four years, their agenda will likely move quickly next year. Here is what to expect:

HOW SOLID IS THE GOP MAJORITY?

U.S., China announce goals for climate action, the reaction

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 12 November 2014 10:06

The United States and China on Nov. 12 made a groundbreaking announcement — ambitious goals for climate action and carbon pollution reductions.

President Barack Obama has pledged that by 2025 that keeps the United States on track to cut its carbon pollution by 80 percent by 2050, and setting a high bar for future administrations.

Angering Republicans, president embraces 'net neutrality'

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 07:35

President Barack Obama on Nov. 10 embraced a radical change in how the government treats Internet service, coming down on the side of consumer activists who fear slower download speeds and higher costs but angering Republicans and the nation's cable giants who say the plan would kill jobs.

Obama called on the Federal Communications Commission to more heavily regulate Internet providers and treat broadband much as it would any other public utility. He said the FCC should explicitly prohibit Internet providers like Verizon and AT&T from charging data hogs like Netflix extra to move their content more quickly. The announcement sent cable stocks tumbling.

Annette 'Polly' Williams, longtime Wisconsin lawmaker, dies

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 10 November 2014 15:57

Annette "Polly" Williams, the longest-serving woman in the Wisconsin Legislature, died on Nov. 9.

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee, said in a statement released this afternoon, "Annette 'Polly' Williams was a political powerhouse in Wisconsin and throughout the nation, leaving behind a proud, historic legacy of public service. She was fiercely independent, a free thinker whose determination was only matched by her compassion and concern for her constituents.

Back to U.S. Supreme Court: Justices ‘Obamacare’ subsidies

Written by MARK SHERMAN,
AP writer
Monday, 10 November 2014 10:22

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama’s health care law — a case that threatens subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.

The justices said they will review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld IRS regulations that allow health-insurance tax credits under the Affordable Care Act for consumers in all 50 states. Opponents argue that most of the subsidies are illegal.

Global warming worsening watery dead zones

Written by SETH BORENSTEIN,
AP Science Writer
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 16:42

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study.

Dead zones occur when fertilizer runoff clogs waterways with nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorous. That leads to an explosion of microbes that consumes oxygen and leaves the water depleted of oxygen, harming marine life.

Feeding the homeless: Act of charity or a crime?

Written by KELLI KENNEDY,
AP writer
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 05:26

To Arnold Abbott, feeding the homeless in a public park in South Florida was an act of charity. To the city of Fort Lauderdale, the 90-year-old man in white chef's apron serving up gourmet-styled meals was committing a crime.

For more than two decades, the man many call "Chef Arnold" has proudly fired up his ovens to serve up four-course meals for the downtrodden who wander the palm tree-lined beaches and parks of this sunny tourist destination.

Animal advocates, farm workers sue FDA over animal growth drugs

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 10 November 2014 13:13

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of several ractopamine-based animal drugs is being challenged by animal advocates and farm workers. The groups are suing the FDA for failing to take into account the drugs’ cumulative effects on animal behavior, worker safety, wildlife or the nation’s waterways.

The lawsuit focuses on ractopamine, a drug fed to farm animals to promote rapid weight gain. The drug has been banned in dozens of countries and is said to cause death, lameness, stiffness, trembling and shortness of breath in farm animals.

TV ad campaign for gay equality launched in Mississippi

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 10 November 2014 09:38

Mary Jane Kennedy considers herself a conservative Christian Republican, and she's led Bible studies in her native Mississippi for decades. She's also the mother of two gay sons and one of the faces in a new advertising campaign aimed at softening religious opposition in the Deep South to equal rights for people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

The Washington-based Human Rights Campaign is taking on the region's longstanding church-based opposition to homosexuality in a series of groundbreaking television commercials, direct-mail messages and phone-bank operations designed to promote equality and legal protections for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi.