Communities enact bans on GMO crops

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:07

A protest at the Jackson County Court House in Oregon.
— Photo: AP Photo/The Mail Tribune/Jamie Lusch

Two Oregon farmers are defending a local ordinance in federal court in a campaign to protect their harvests and create a zone free of genetically engineered crops.

Biased, obsolete laws litter the books

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:14

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. subscribed to St. Augustine’s view of the law: “An unjust law is no law at all.” King was martyred during his fight to eliminate laws that treated people unjustly.

Pleasant under glass
Botanical gardens offer respite from the winter

Written by Michael Muckian,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 13:25

Under the dome. — PHOTO: Courtesy

Exotic insects chirrup and buzz as they flit among the palms, ferns, figs and tropical flowers. They patrol the jungle for other pests, provide food for the various species of birds breeding in the canopy and occasionally land in the hungry clutches of pitcher plants, Venus flytraps and other floral carnivores.

EPA to regulate methane pollution by oil, gas industry

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:09

The White House on Jan. 14 announced a new goal of cutting methane pollution from the oil and gas industry 40-45 percent by 2025, along with plans to reduce emissions from some sectors of the industry.

The administration also announced the Environmental Protection Agency will set Clean Air Act standards to reduce methane pollution from new oil and gas production, processing and transmission equipment nationwide and there are plans to cut emissions from some existing oil and gas operations.

Has Marquette University grown weary of John McAdams’ right-wing shenanigans?

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 17:00

Marquette University's John McAdams. — Photo: Rahoul Ghose/PBS

A conservative professor at Marquette University remains “off duty” and “under review” more than two months after writing a blog post criticizing a graduate student for not permitting critique of same-sex marriage during her ethics class.

Raising 2015
Minimum wage hike, other new laws take effect

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:10

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks about raising wages during the AFL-CIO National Summit. {break}— PHOTO: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana

Minimum-wage workers in 20 states  — about 3.1 million people — saw a boost in their paychecks with the arrival of the new year.

Denver-area church refuses memorial tribute with same-sex kiss

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 15 January 2015 09:33

Family and friends of a recently deceased gay woman are upset after a Denver-area church that was about to host her memorial service refused to show a video that included images of the woman kissing her fiancee.

Gary Rolando, a chaplain contacted by the woman's family to officiate the service, said the funeral at New Hope Ministries in Lakewood was abruptly canceled and moved to a nearby funeral home after church officials insisted images of the couple kissing could not be shown in the ceremony.

Brrr: Feeling cold can be contagious

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:56

Just looking at somebody shivering is enough to make a person feel cold, according to newly published research from the University of Sussex.

Volunteers who watched videos of people putting their hands in cold water found their own body temperature drop significantly.

Respect for Marriage bill reintroduced in Congress

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:18

Brandy Gardner, left, and her spouse Michelle Long-Gardner of Florida hold their marriage license and their two children.
— Photo: AP Photo/Northwest Florida Daily News/Nick Tomecek

The sunny day Floridians Joe Williams and Peter Rostenkowski skipped down the steps of their county courthouse with a marriage license in hand, a Florida congresswoman reintroduced legislation aimed at guaranteeing them access to full marriage benefits.

House votes to undo Obama immigration policies

Written by From AP
and WiG reports
Thursday, 15 January 2015 14:04

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted on Jan. 14 to overturn President Barack Obama’s key immigration policies, approving legislation that would eliminate new deportation protections for millions and expose hundreds of thousands of younger immigrants to expulsion.

West Hollywood ordinance requires gender-neutral restrooms

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 14 January 2015 11:47

West Hollywood, California, this week begins requiring gender-neutral restrooms under a new ordinance.

The ordinance that takes effect on Jan. 15 requires that restrooms with only one stall in restaurants, businesses and public places cannot restrict it to a specific sex either by signage or fixtures.

Smoking in Wisconsin annually costs $3 billion in health care, $1.62 billion in lost productivity

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 14 January 2015 10:46

Smoking in Wisconsin annually costs $3 billion in health care expenses and $1.62 billion in lost productivity, according to the 2015 “Burden of Tobacco in Wisconsin” study by UWM’s Center for Urban Initiatives and Research.

The total cost of $4.62 billion marks an increase of $100 million dollars from the last “Burden” report released in 2010.