Regional briefs: Protection grows for lake’s ‘stepping stones’
And more

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Thursday, 08 October 2015 16:03

The shoreline of St. Martin Island. The Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge is expanding to include most of the island and all of Rocky Island.{break}PHOTO: Courtesy The Nature Conservancy/Frykman Gallery

Court: Caterpillar must grant union access to South Milwaukee plant

Written by The AP Wednesday, 07 October 2015 09:56

An appeals court says Caterpillar must allow a union investigator access to its South Milwaukee plant to look into a fatal accident four years ago. 

Packers look to expand plans for entertainment, retail district around Lambeau

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 05 October 2015 08:21

Early interest in the Green Bay Packers' proposal for an entertainment, retail and residential district around Lambeau Field has the franchise already thinking of expanding its plans.

UW regents to consider waiving out-of-state student limits

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Saturday, 03 October 2015 07:11

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University of Wisconsin-Madison officials plan to ask UW System regents for permission to lift the school’s cap on out-of-state students, a move they say would attract more young people to Wisconsin. It also would bolster the school’s coffers considerably as it struggles with deep budget cuts.

Civil rights groups rally against anti-transgender bill in Wisconsin

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Thursday, 08 October 2015 09:44

The ACLU of Wisconsin on Oct. 8 announced its strong opposition to a bill being circulated in the Wisconsin Legislature that would require local schools to forbid transgender students from using restrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity.

Wisconsin voter ID case before federal judge

Written by Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 05 October 2015 07:34

The American Civil Liberties Union went to court on Oct. 5 seeking to expand the type of identification accepted under Wisconsin’s voter ID law.

Marty Beil, longtime labor leader in Wisconsin, dies

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Monday, 05 October 2015 08:09

Marty Beil, the burly and sometimes brusque leader of the Wisconsin state employee labor union for 30 years, has died. He was 68.

Beil died in his sleep on Oct. 1 at home in Mazomanie, his sister Mickey Beil said.

Case to overturn Wisconsin’s overtly partisan political districts moves one step forward in court

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Friday, 02 October 2015 18:17

Democrats challenging Wisconsin’s 2010 political map in court reached a small milestone recently when they filed a rebuttal to state Republicans’ motion to dismiss the case. 

Madison house purchased for $100K by retired teacher is a Wright home

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 07 October 2015 12:58

Linda McQuillen long wondered whether her 1917 home had any connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, thinking at best maybe one of his peers designed it as an imitation of the architect's famous Prairie School style. It turned out she was living in the real thing.

Wright experts announced this week that the Madison house McQuillen bought for $100,000 has been verified as an American System-Built House, part of Wright's effort to develop and market well-designed homes at a more affordable level - his first effort to reach a broader audience. It is the second such house identified in the past four months, one out of only 16 ever built and 14 still standing.

Supreme Court turns away appeal from former Walker aide

Written by The AP Monday, 05 October 2015 12:43

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal brought by a former aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

Kelly Rindfleisch was convicted of campaigning on taxpayers' time and she was asking the nation's highest court to review her argument that the investigation against her involved an illegal search of her emails.


Judge Rebecca Bradley

The death of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Patrick Crooks with 10 months left in his term could set up a spring election that’s as much a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker as it is on who should serve on the state’s highest court.

Kenosha County to cut down 2,600 ash trees due to borer

Written by The AP Wednesday, 30 September 2015 10:27

Kenosha County plans to cut down more than 2,600 ash trees because of damage from the invasive emerald ash borer.

The trees are located at four county parks and golf courses, the Kenosha News reported.