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Threatened species, threatened industry: Endangered designation for northern long-eared bats could exact heavy price from loggers

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is proposing to list the northern long-eared bat – which is found in Wisconsin – as an endangered species, and that has set off concerns it could shut down northern Wisconsin’s timber industry if it does. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 25, 2014


WPS seeks to change rates

Wisconsin Public Service has asked state regulators to change rates for electricity and natural gas next year. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Political Digest: A look at state and local issues
The political digest offers timely reporting of the latest news breaking at the state and local levels. Updated with special emphasis on the day's important political issues and events.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

In trek for governor, Burke touts economic clusters

 In her trek toward the governorship, the newly minted Democratic nominee, Mary Burke, is recycling an economic idea from the early days of former Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration, namely, that establishing industrial and regional economic clusters can nurture a vibrant business climate and create good-paying jobs. (Subscriber access)


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Friday, August 22, 2014

Man in child sex case involving LUHS student is now in prison

A man hired by high schools around Wisconsin to consult on and assist in certain student-related projects – including Lakeland Union High School – is serving a prison sentence after being convicted of multiple felony charges of exposing a Wisconsin child to harmful sexual descriptions. (Subscriber access)


Friday, August 22, 2014

Clarke defeats Moews, Bloomberg in Milwaukee sheriff battle

Controversial Milwaukee County sheriff David A. Clarke turned back a challenge from Milwaukee police lieutenant Chris Moews in this month’s Democratic primary, scoring a big re-election and a huge victory for gun-rights advocates. (Subscriber access) 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Assessors in your home: Illegal government search?

A couple in Racine County are suing their hometown of Dover for an alleged violation of their constitutional rights, saying town officials wanted to conduct an illegal search of their house and then penalized them when they didn’t oblige. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 18, 2014

Few primary surprises in Northwoods

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke handily won Tuesday’s partisan primary in Oneida and Vilas counties and across the state, becoming the first woman to be nominated for governor in a major political party. (Public access)


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Obama's impeachment numbers recall Watergate era

News Analysis 

The talk of impeachment is once again swirling in the Washington air, as well as on the social media pages of the political pundits, as President Barack Obama’s disappearing approval ratings have emboldened those who believe he has breached acceptable constitutional boundaries. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Van Hollen files motion to lift federal injunction on voter ID

Following a voter ID victory in the state Supreme Court, state attorney general J.B. Van Hollen has filed an expedited motion in federal appeals court to lift a permanent injunction against the state’s law pending appeal in two federal court cases. (Subscriber access) 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

The importance of your vote

Wisconsin’s partisan primary is Tuesday, Aug. 12. – the day when voters will narrow the field of candidates by political party for the fall general election. (Public access)


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Study: Obamacare eroding employer-based insurance

Market data numbers are in for the first six months of official open enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and supporters – including the media – have touted the numbers as a huge success, with 2.2 million people enrolling in private individual market coverage for the six-month period ending March 31. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 11, 2014

Supreme Court finally puts Act 10 legal saga to rest

It’s been three long years of litigation in state and federal courts, but the Wisconsin Supreme Court effectively put an end to the legal wrangling last week, upholding in its entirety Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining reform law known as Act 10. (Subscriber access)


Monday, August 4, 2014

Sowinskis to be sentenced Monday
A federal judge next week will decide the fate of two Sugar Camp men who admitted to illegal possession of American bald eagles.
Saturday, August 2, 2014

Heavy traffic and potential delays across the state this weekend
Major statewide events, heavy travel, construction zones may cause backups across the state this weekend.
Friday, August 1, 2014

Federal judge throws out D.C. ban on guns outside home

A federal judge tossed Washington D.C.’s ban on carrying guns outside of the home last week, saying the nation’s capital’s public handgun ban was unconstitutional. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tennessee restaurant owner hits bullseye with pro-gun sign

Maybe it’s a sign, or signs, of the times, but in Wisconsin and across the nation these days people entering government and public buildings are sometimes greeted with the following message: No guns allowed. (Subscriber access)


Monday, July 28, 2014

Guv's race reaches Rhinelander
The state Republican Party launched a billboard campaign on Wednesday across several cities in Wisconsin, including Rhinelander.
Friday, July 25, 2014

Conservancy: USFWS guilty of violating Bald Eagle Act
For years the United States Fish & Wildlife Service teamed with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to try and nab Paul and Alvin Sowinski of Sugar Camp for killing protected wildlife on their family property, finally nailing each on a single misdemeanor count of violating the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. (Public access)
Thursday, July 24, 2014

DNR officials: It's all about balance

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ officials want shoreland property owners in northern Wisconsin to know they care about their concerns and rights. (Subscriber access)


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Walker changes course, calls for repeal of Common Core

It was a short and simple statement, but it took everyone by surprise and will likely shake up Wisconsin’s education debate, not to mention this year’s gubernatorial race: Gov. Scott Walker has formally called for the state to abandon Common Core standards. (Subscriber access)


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


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