Dane County DA to announce decision in shooting by policeman

AP writer
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 05:02

A Dane County prosecutor said he will announce on May 12 whether charges will be filed against a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed 19-year-old biracial man in Madison.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne had promised to give the public advance notice of the announcement in the case of Madison Officer Matt Kenny, who shot 19-year-old Tony Robinson in an apartment on March 6. Ozanne issued a brief statement on the weekend saying he would make his findings public on May 12.

Wisconsin FoodShare fraud crackdown questioned

Written by By Bill Lueders,
Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Wednesday, 06 May 2015 09:34

Under Republican Gov. Scott Walker, the state of Wisconsin has seen a nearly 12-fold increase in the number of persons suspended annually from the state’s food stamp program for fraud.

The suspensions for “intentionally violating program rules” are part of a larger get-tough approach to people receiving federally funded nutrition assistance, called FoodShare in Wisconsin. Walker has also introduced new work rules for some FoodShare recipients, and proposes to seek a federal waiver to begin requiring all adult participants of the program to undergo drug testing.

High court hears excessive force case from Wisconsin

Written by From AP reports Tuesday, 05 May 2015 22:08

Amid a growing national debate over police use of force, the U.S. Supreme Court struggled earlier in April with a related question of claims of excessive force against jail officials by people accused but not convicted of crimes.

The case involves Michael Kingsley, a Wisconsin man who was in jail pending a trial on drug charges. Kingsley claims two jail officers used excessive force when they transferred him to another cell after he refused to remove a piece of paper covering the light over his bed.

Young, Gifted and Black Coalition:
Reflect on Tuesday, walk out on Black Out Wednesday

Written by Young,
and Black Coalition
Tuesday, 12 May 2015 05:12

The Young, Gifted and Black Coalition issued the following statement, in anticipation of an announcement in the investigation into Tony Robinson's death:

Out of respect for Tony Robinson’s family, Young Gifted and Black will not hold an action on May 12 after District Attorney Ismael Ozanne makes his announcement regarding whether officer Matt Kenny will be charged with the death of 19-year-old black teenager Tony Robinson. We call community members to use May 12 to remember Tony and reflect on the complex ways state violence impacts Black lives. 

May Day: Demonstrators deliver distress call

Written by By Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:53

Dontre Hamilton’s mother, Maria Hamilton, center, and people associated with the Coalition for Justice march on April 30. The march was on the eve of the May Day events.
— PHOTO: AP/Mark Hoffman

Marchers in Milwaukee marked May Day by delivering a distress call — strong and loud — in the voices of thousands raised outside the Milwaukee County Courthouse. The May Day rally and march, coordinated annually by the immigrant rights group Voces de la Frontera, took place on May 1, beginning at the nonprofit’s headquarters on South Fifth Street. From there, marchers went to the courthouse.

Immigrant rights group challenges Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office over public records

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 06 May 2015 09:14

Immigrant rights advocates planned to rally on May 6 at the Milwaukee County Courthouse before suing the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office over public records.

Voces de la Frontera said activists would gather at about 12:30 p.m. at the courthouse at 10th and Wells.

Wisconsin puppy mill breeders exposed in new report

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 21 May 2015 09:58

How much is that doggie in the window, the one with the waggly tail? The cost — measured in suffering — is high if a puppy mill supplied the dog to the store.

Walker Watch: The one where he polled 1st in Iowa

Written by WiG
and AP reports
Friday, 08 May 2015 02:14

A late April survey of Iowa voters from Public Policy Polling finds Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker well ahead of the rest of the field of Republican presidential hopefuls.

Smithsonian puts Bayfield on '20 Best Small Towns to Visit' list

Written by The Wisconsin Gazette Wednesday, 06 May 2015 10:18

The town of Bayfield in northern Wisconsin is one of "the 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2015," according to Smithsonian.com.

Bayfield Mayor Larry J. MacDonald, in a news release from the Bayfield Chamber & Visitor Bureau, said, "The recent designation from Smithsonian reinforces all the qualities of the place we call home.

State Senate considers bill raising speed limit to 70 mph

Written by The Associated Press Wednesday, 06 May 2015 05:34

The state Senate is poised to vote on a bill that would clear the way for a 70 mph speed limit on at least some Wisconsin roads.

Walker budget cuts threaten AMBER and emergency alert systems

Written by Jay Rath,
Contributing writer
Monday, 04 May 2015 07:48

In cutting state support for public broadcasting in his proposed biennial budget, Gov. Scott Walker threatens transmission of severe weather warnings and AMBER child abduction alerts on state radio and television outlets, both public and commercial.