December 11, 2014 - 5:50pm
Two environmental groups are suing the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for not complying with federal efforts to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and soot.
December 10, 2014 - 8:00pm
There are currently about 22,000 people serving sentences in Wisconsin prisons. Photo: Rennett Snow (CC-BY)
More than 100 representatives of the state prison reform group WISDOM descended upon the state Capitol on Wednesday to present strategies lawmakers could pursue to reduce Wisconsin's prison population.
December 10, 2014 - 12:35pm
New rules go into effect on Jan. 1 that will change the way the Wisconsin prison system uses solitary confinement to discipline inmates who break the rules. The Legislature approved the changes this spring, but correctional officers, inmates and prison reform advocates say it's still not clear whether the changes mean fewer inmates will spend less time in what is commonly called "the hole."
December 10, 2014 - 9:00am
Photo: Chuck Quirmbach/WPR
Supporters and family members of Dontre Hamilton occupied the first floor of Milwaukee City Hall for about four hours on Tuesday night in an effort to urge officials to charge the police officer who shot and killed Hamilton earlier this year. Eventually, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett agreed to a meeting later this week with Hamilton's brother.
December 9, 2014 - 4:50pm
Lieutenant Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who drafted the report along with Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler. Photo: Gateway Technical College (CC-BY-NC-ND).
After hosting nearly two-dozen “tax reform roundtables” throughout the state, Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler have released a report that makes no recommendations on how to change the state's tax code.
December 9, 2014 - 12:45am
This week, Beloit College is remembering Luke Somers, an alum who was killed on Saturday by his al-Qaeda captors in Yemen as U.S. forces tried to rescue him.
December 6, 2014 - 3:50pm
Madison police might begin wearing body cameras as early as 2016. Photo: Ken Fager (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Milwaukee is taking steps to purchase body cameras for its police force, and now it seems that Madison will eventually have them. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has said that a committee will be formed to determine when and how body cameras would be used, and a pilot program will be launched in 2016.
December 5, 2014 - 3:10pm
Gov.Scott Walker at the tree-lighting ceremony in the state Capitol on Friday. Photo: Shawn Johnson/WPR News.
Gov. Scott Walker says he still hopes lawmakers don't bring up right-to-work next session, but if they do, he says they should wait until after the budget has been passed.
December 5, 2014 - 1:10pm
Protesters attended a recent meeting of Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission to implore officials to uphold the termination of Officer Christopher Manney. Photo: OLB (CC-BY-NC-SA).
As problems between police and local communities flare up in cities like New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri, Milwaukee residents continue to voice their frustration to officials about the shooting of a mentally ill black man named Dontre Hamilton.
December 4, 2014 - 5:30pm
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald during an appearance on the Wisconsin Public Television show "Here and Now." Image courtesy of WPT.
The Republican leader of the state Senate said lawmakers need to deal with right-to-work legislation “right away” when they return to Madison next year.