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  • Slain environmental activist buried in Honduras

    A large crowd in Honduras accompanied the body of Berta Caceres to its final resting place on March 5 amid calls for justice in last week’s killing of the indigenous leader and environmental activist. Many of those carrying Caceres’ coffin on their shoulders through the dusty streets of La Esperanza were Lenca indigenous people for whose rights she had fought. Drummers pounded out Afro-Hond.... Read More
  • Utilities aim to cut Wisconsin’s program for energy efficiency

    A utility-backed bill to cut funding for Wisconsin’s energy-efficiency program is short-sighted and would hurt customers in the long run, the program’s supporters contend. Wisconsin’s electric utilities back the bill, which would cut funding for the Focus on Energy program by $7 million at a time when electricity costs in Wisconsin have risen above the national average. But utilities a.... Read More
  • Experts: Trump’s health care plan is not a plan

    Donald Trump’s evolving ideas on health care do not amount to a full plan, and some proposals could mean new political and policy dilemmas for the Republican presidential front-runner and his party. One Trump idea — allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices — puts him at odds with Republican congressional leaders who favor the current system of private benefit managers barga.... Read More
  • Environmentalists react as ExxonMobil probe is referred to FBI

    The U.S. Department of Justice has referred to the FBI’s criminal division a request by two congressmen for a federal probe into ExxonMobil funding of climate denial. Reaction from environmental groups … RL Miller, cofounder of Climate Hawks Vote, responded, “Thanks to Rep. Ted Lieu and his determination, the FBI is finally going to see all the evidence — how Exxon publicly distorte.... Read More
  • Mysterious bacteria has killed 18 people in southeast Wisconsin

    A mysterious bacterial infection has affected 44 people in southeast Wisconsin and been a factor in 18 deaths, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent five employees to Wisconsin to help DHS find a common link among people who’ve been infected by the bacteria, according to The Associated Press. Known as Elizabeth.... Read More
  • United Farm Workers backs Clinton

    Hillary Clinton is receiving the endorsement of the United Farm Workers, the largest farmworkers union in the country. The union, active in 10 states, has a largely Latino membership, a key voting bloc for Clinton in both the primary and general elections. She received their endorsement over then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama in the 2008 primary. United Farm Workers President Arturo S. Rodrigue.... Read More
  • Grizzly protection in Yellowstone may end

    The federal government is proposing to lift threatened-species protections for hundreds of Yellowstone-area grizzlies, opening the door to future hunts for the fearsome bears across parts of three states for the first time since the 1970s. The Associated Press obtained details of the proposal in advance of an announcement on March 3. It caps a four-decade, government-sponsored effort to rebuild.... Read More
  • Nigerians sue Shell for oil spills

    Tens of thousands of Nigerian fishermen and farmers are suing multinational oil giant Shell in two new lawsuits filed this week in a British High Court, alleging that decades of uncleaned oil spills have destroyed their lives. London law firm Leigh Day & Co. is representing them after winning an unprecedented $83.5 million in damages from Shell in a landmark ruling by the same court last ye.... Read More
  • House votes to strip wolves of federal protections

    The U.S. House has voted for an amendment to  the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 that would strip wolves of federal existing protections in Wyoming, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The amendment, sponsored by U.S. Reps. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Dan Benishek of Michigan, and Collin Peterson of Minnesota, would override two fe.... Read More
  • Forum to explore police interaction with youth

    The Coalition for Justice, Urban Underground, ACLU of Wisconsin, NAACP Milwaukee Branch and other community groups want young people to share  stories of their interactions with Milwaukee Police Department. A listening session on March 4 will take place to hear from the young people. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, 2620 W. Center St., Milwaukee. .... Read More