Buzzkill: The race to save pollinating honeybees

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 19 June 2015 09:24

“Christopher Robin, I’ve come to a very important decision: THESE ARE THE WRONG SORTS OF BEES!” Pooh Bear exclaimed after he went up to the honey tree in the 100 Acre Woods.

Politics and jobs: Partisan occupations?

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Friday, 19 June 2015 06:37

Most librarians are Democrats. Most farmers are Republicans.

Gunman kills 9 at historic black church in Charleston, S.C.

Written by The AP Thursday, 18 June 2015 06:15

A white man opened fire during a prayer meeting inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine people, including the pastor, in an assault authorities described as a hate crime.

ACLU reviews the Florida record: Jeb Bush is no 'moderate'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 16 June 2015 08:37

Jeb Bush officially announced his candidacy for president this week, prompting civil rights groups to stress that Bush's record as Florida's governor is not that of a moderate.

“History should not be rewritten about his record on civil rights and civil liberties during his two terms as Florida governor," said Howard Simon, executive director of the ACLU of Florida.

Beaver Dam says no to kangaroo as service animal

Written by The AP Friday, 19 June 2015 09:18

Officials have changed a southeastern Wisconsin city's rules on service animals after a woman took a baby kangaroo into a McDonald's restaurant.

The Beaver Dam Daily Citizen reports the city's Common Council voted 14-0 earlier this week to define a service animal as a dog or miniature horse, but not a kangaroo. Police can cite people who try to use other animals.

Pictures of Pride: PrideFest 2015

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 18 June 2015 10:57

Cover of the New York Daily News announcing Donald Trump's bid for the presidency

Donald Trump has clown-style hair and the personality of an attack dog — but no regrets.

Study rebuts doubters: No stop, no slowdown of global warming

Written by The AP Tuesday, 16 June 2015 06:31

Global warming has not stopped or even slowed in the past 18 years, according to a new federal study that rebuts doubters who've claimed that that heating trends have paused.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration readjusted thousands of weather data points to account for different measuring techniques through the decades. Their calculations show that since 1998, the rate of warming is about the same as it has been since 1950: about two-tenths of a degree Fahrenheit a decade.

Pope Francis' call for action on climate change fails to move Republicans

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 19 June 2015 09:02

Pope Francis' call for dramatic action on climate change drew a round of shrugs from congressional Republicans, while a number of the party's presidential candidates ignored it entirely.

"I don't want to be disrespectful, but I don't consider him an expert on environmental issues," said Texas Rep. Joe Barton, a senior Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, in a comment echoed by others in his party.

WiGWAG news with a twist, June 18, 2015

Written by Lisa Neff, Louis Weisberg,
Matthew Reddin
Staff writers
Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:07

A man caused a dis- turbance at Hartsfield- Jackson International Air- port’s ticketing area when he took an AK-15 assault weapon with him to check his daughter in for a flight. But Jim Cooley was oper- ating within the law, o7- cials said. Still, a picture of Cooley with his daughter and assault rifle inside the airport caused a commo- tion on social media after Cooley sent the picture to WSB-TV.

Eastern puma is declared extinct

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 17 June 2015 10:28

The eastern puma is extinct, declared so by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week.

The federal agency announced the puma's demise as it removed the eastern puma from the list of protected wildlife and plants under the Endangered Species Act. 

EPA releases web-based environmental justice mapping tool

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 16 June 2015 06:11

The EPA this month released EJSCREEN, a web-based environmental justice mapping and screening tool that provides information communities need to assess environmental and health problems and disparities.

EJSCREEN provides high resolution maps showing nationally-based demographic and environmental information that helps the user understand potential environmental justice issues in a particular area.