Wisconsin school nixes reading of book about transgender kid

Written by AP Sunday, 29 November 2015 15:29

A southern Wisconsin elementary school cancelled a planned reading of a children’s book about a transgender girl after a group threatened to sue.

UW-Madison delays changes to teaching pay for grad students

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 25 November 2015 08:50

After several weeks of advocacy work by the University of Wisconsin–Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association, the administration agreed to delay implementation of a plan to restructure graduate student pay on campus.

The plan, which only came to light a few weeks ago, was developed behind closed doors with no graduate student input.

Wisconsin lawmakers forward bill to prevent activists from filming hunters violating laws

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Monday, 23 November 2015 06:16

Wisconsin lawmakers edged closer last week to passing a bill that would prohibit animal rights activists from following, photographing or videotaping hunters in the woods.

7 Wisconsin companies earn perfect scores on LGBT 'Equality Index'

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 18 November 2015 10:47

Seven Wisconsin-based companies earned perfect scores on the Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.
—PHOTO: Pixabay

Seven Wisconsin-based companies earned perfect scores on the Corporate Equality Index released by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil rights organization.

FAILURE AT THE FAUCET: Costs, water pollution remain at closed Badger Army Ammunition Plant

Written by Kathi Matthews-Risley
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Friday, 27 November 2015 07:37

A photo on display at the Museum of Badger Army Ammunition shows a woman working with nitrocotton slurry at the facility. Decades of ammunitions manufacturing at the plant left a legacy of polluted groundwater. The Army has been cleaning up the aquifer and soil for years and has proposed spending an estimated $40 million to provide a source of clean drinking water to about 400 area homes.—PHOTO:
M.P. King / Wisconsin State Journal

Mary Jane Koch stopped drinking the water in her home 11 years ago, shortly after an industrial compound turned up in the well supplying drinking water to her home.

Appeals court: Wisconsin abortion law is unconstitutional

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 16:49

In a ruling that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin called “an important victory for Wisconsin women,” the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit yesterday rejected a Wisconsin law requiring abortion providers to get admitting privileges at nearby hospitals is unconstitutional.

Wisconsin Republicans push to lift nuclear plant moratorium

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Sunday, 22 November 2015 09:37

The Grafenrheinfeld Nuclear Power Plant in Germany. –PHOTO: enwikipedia

A Republican legislator is renewing a push to lift Wisconsin’s moratorium on new nuclear power plants, saying the state’s manufacturers must have a reliable source of energy as burning fossil fuels grows more expensive.

Walker threatens to ignore law and refuse Syrian refugees in Wisconsin

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 17 November 2015 13:22

Gov. Scott Walker on Nov. 16 called on President Barack Obama not to allow any Syrian refugees into the United States pending a full review of security and acceptance procedures.

Commercial turkeys are raised under cruel, crowded and unhealthy conditions. — PHOTO: Scott Bauer/USDA

Two turkeys were likely saved from the slaughterhouse last weekend when the crate they were crammed into fell from a truck, reports the Wausau Daily Herald.

Baldwin wants White House to explore options to reduce gun violence

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 23 November 2015 13:57

Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin joined Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal in leading a group of 24 senators asking President Barack Obama to investigate and pursue all possible options under his executive authority to reduce gun violence.

Reflecting on Wisconsin’s earliest Thanksgivings

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Thursday, 19 November 2015 09:34

The story sounds familiar: In the 1600s, starving Europeans, new to the continent, were rescued with gifts of food from Native Americans, with whom they joined to give thanks.

Hundreds of union members picket at Kohler

Written by The AP Tuesday, 17 November 2015 06:07

Hundreds of union members and their supporters picketed at the gates of the Kohler Co. on Nov. 16 in the first strike at the Wisconsin manufacturer in more than 30 years.

Workers waved signs, cheered at honking cars and in one location clogged an intersection, which at one point backed up traffic for more than a mile on a two-lane country road into town.