Family of man killed by Madison police officer files federal lawsuit

Written by The Associated Press Friday, 14 August 2015 09:10

The family of a biracial man who was shot and killed by a Wisconsin police officer filed a federal civil rights lawsuit this week, alleging the officer's actions were unconstitutional.

The lawsuit contends that Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny's decision to shoot 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr. in March violated Robinson's equal protection rights and right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures. It also argues that the city enables such misconduct by failing to adequately train, supervise and control its officers, amounting to indifference to the use of deadly force.

‘Lion on the loose’ sparks concerns about exotic pets

Written by By Louis Weisberg
and Lisa Neff
Staff writers
Thursday, 13 August 2015 10:21

At the same time Cecil dominated global news, a mysterious lion caught the attention of Wisconsinites. The Milwaukee Police Department received multiple calls from people reporting a lion-like creature slinking through riverside neighborhoods on the north and east sides of the city. The MPD confirmed that an officer saw some type of animal in a ravine near North 31st Street and West Cameron Avenue.

Bill banning use of aborted fetal tissue gets hearing in Wisconsin

Written by AP
and WiG reports
Tuesday, 11 August 2015 12:28

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers oppose a bill that would ban the use of aborted fetal tissue in Wisconsin.

Dane County environmentalists file petition over tar sands pipeline permit

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 11 August 2015 08:19

Climate group 350-Madison has petitioned the Dane County Zoning and Land Regulation Committee to rescind its April 21 conditional use permit for a tar sands oil pipeline pumping station near Marshall.

Police dog dies in hot car at PGA Championship in Wisconsin

Written by The AP Friday, 14 August 2015 09:04

Wisconsin authorities say a police dog assigned to the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits died after the air conditioner failed in his partner's squad car.

The K-9 named Wix was a 3-year-old male Belgian Malinois trained in explosives detection and tracking.

Ignoring scientists and medical experts, Wisconsin Republicans push fetal tissue ban

Written by By SCOTT BAUER,
The AP
Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:23

Republican lawmakers sponsoring a bill to ban research on aborted fetal tissue in Wisconsin — a proposal medical groups oppose — said this week they were working on changes to protect work at the University of Wisconsin that uses existing cell lines.

ACLU again challenging Madison's anti-panhandling ordinance

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 11 August 2015 10:09

The American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin on Aug. 11 notified Madison officials that a recent appeals court case makes clear that the city's anti-panhandling ordinance is unconstitutional.

Three years ago, Madison banned people from even peacefully soliciting donations in most of downtown.

Madison removing stones from Philosopher's Grove

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Monday, 10 August 2015 12:48

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin on Aug. 10 announced that he instructed city staff to remove the granite and bronze stones from the area in the 100 block of Mifflin Street known as Philosopher’s Grove.

Peace activists march to protest drones

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 13 August 2015 20:43

Joy First has been arrested about 35 times.

Racine man accused of going into home to remove Confederate flag

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 13 August 2015 07:34

Authorities say a Racine man was arrested after forcing his way inside a home to take down a Confederate flag placed in a window.

The Journal Times of Racine reports 37-year-old Tajaun Boatner has been charged on counts including criminal trespassing and misdemeanor theft.

UW-Oshkosh is No. 3 on Sierra's list of greenest schools

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Tuesday, 11 August 2015 09:28

Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, released its ninth annual “Cool Schools” ranking of America’s greenest colleges and universities and put University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in the top 3.

Audio recording refutes Walker aide's account of her arrest

Written by Scott Bauer,
AP writer
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 11:12

Cindy Archer

A newly unsealed audio recording made by law enforcement officers as they raided the home of a former longtime aide to Gov. Scott Walker contradicts her description of how the search warrant was executed.