State Republicans seek to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Thursday, 03 September 2015 14:50

About $7.5 million in federal funding for Planned Parenthood Wisconsin would be cut under two Republican-backed bills heard by a state Assembly committee on Sept. 2, measures that come as the Legislature also considers criminalizing research on aborted fetal tissue.

Federal authorities are ordering retroactive overtime for Wisconsin State Patrol officers who serve as bodyguards for Gov. Scott Walker, a television station reported.

Wisconsin is a leader in creating a culture of values around food

Written by Louis Weisberg,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:17

Twenty-one years ago, David Kozlowski and his wife Sandra Raduenz were working in dependable corporate jobs with retirement benefits. But the couple — Raduenz in particular — longed for a more meaningful life.

CEO is leaving Scott Walker's failed, scandal-plagued 'jobs' agency

Written by Todd Richmond,
AP writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 03:27

The leader of Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s deeply troubled economic development agency said Tuesday that he plans to step down next month. The move comes on the heels of Walker’s longtime chief of staff Eric Schutt's announcement that he's resigning.

Scott Walker's Canada wall idea called 'dumb,' 'crazy'

Written by The AP Tuesday, 01 September 2015 13:02

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's entertaining the idea of building a wall separating the United States and Canada is being called "crazy" and "dumb."

Democratic Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy called the idea "one of the craziest" ideas of the presidential campaign.

With highest concentration of Little Free Libraries, Madison named a heritage site

Written by Kate Stein,
Wisconsin State Journal
Saturday, 29 August 2015 04:38

A Little Free Library in Easthampton, Massachusetts.

Thirty thousand and counting.

Dane County challenges spill-prone oil company

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 08:13

Environmental activists huddled up after the state’s Republican leadership ran a sneak attack this summer and cleared the way for a Canadian company to massively expand the pumping of tar sands crude oil through Wisconsin.

In the huddle, activists with the grassroots group 350 Madison came up with a new strategy to address Enbridge Energy’s drive to expand the pumping of tar sands oil over environmentally sensitive waterways and agricultural lands.

Tribal vote endorses legalizing marijuana use on Wisconsin reservation

Written by The AP Tuesday, 25 August 2015 05:30

Members of the Menominee Indian Tribe endorsed legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana use on a northeastern Wisconsin reservation.

Tribal leaders referred to the endorsement as an advisory vote, with about 77 percent of tribal citizens voting for medical marijuana and 58 backing recreational use.

Hundreds hurt, killed when Wisconsin teens get guns

Written by Sean Kirkby
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Monday, 31 August 2015 03:30

Dean Sutcliffe, 17, of Mazomanie, right, who was charged with the shooting deaths of Ariyl Brady, 16, and Chris Schwichtenberg, 39, is led into his initial appearance at the Dane County Public Safety Building in Madison on Feb. 12.
Amber Arnold / Wisconsin State Journal

Outside of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County in Fitchburg, children swing on a playground. Inside the club’s Allied Drive neighborhood location, teenagers dribble basketballs. In the doorway are metal detectors, keeping weapons out of the building. But the danger of firearms still permeates the community.

UPDATED: Racial justice advocates, environmentalists oppose water diversion to Waukesha

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Friday, 28 August 2015 10:48

UPDATED: A coalition of progressive, racial justice groups in Wisconsin is opposing Waukesha's quest to divert water from Lake Michigan.

The announcement was released on Aug. 28, meeting a deadline for public comment to the state on the issue.

GOP fights challenge to gerrymandered Assembly map

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 27 August 2015 07:59

The Wisconsin Assembly map. — IMAGE: Courtesy

The Wisconsin Department of Justice wants a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit challenging the redistricting map drawn by lawmakers to the benefit of the GOP.

Packers debut development plans for new 'Titletown District' near field

Written by The AP Monday, 24 August 2015 04:02

The Packers unveiled plans this month for a new business district west of Lambeau Field, a development that will feature a four-star hotel, brewery and restaurant and a 10-acre public plaza.

It has been dubbed the "Titletown District," borrowing on the nickname assigned to Green Bay for being home of the 13-time world champion Packers.