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Steve Means

Apr 20, 2012

Walker reinstated DOJ bonuses despite shortfall

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker quietly reinstated a program to give merit raises and bonuses to some state workers even as he preached cost-cutting and pushed through a law reducing most public workers' pay and eliminating their union rights.

Jan 26, 2012

Court denies new trial in mill worker death (UPDATE)

A Wisconsin appeals court on Thursday denied the request for a new trial made by a man convicted in the grisly 1992 killing of a Green Bay paper mill worker.

Dec 5, 2011

Justice Department plans to reduce sex assault victim grants

The Wisconsin Justice Department has warned organizations that help sexual assault victims to expect drastic reductions in state aid next year, a surprise move for an agency that has prided itself on capturing sexual predators.

Aug 5, 2011

Transgender inmates win appeal over treatments (UPDATE)

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press Writer MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday upheld a ruling striking down a Wisconsin law banning publicly funded hormone therapy for transgender inmates, saying denying the treatment amounted to torture. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision came in a case brought by a group […]

Jul 19, 2011

Supreme Court rules in drunken driving case

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the sixth drunken driving conviction of man who no one actually saw driving a vehicle or even sitting behind the wheel. The 2007 conviction of Greg Kandutsch was based solely on circumstantial evidence generated from a computer report […]

Apr 7, 2011

GOP lawmaker calls for DOJ lawyer’s resignation

Madison - A Republican lawmaker on Thursday called on a state Justice Department lawyer to resign for sending an e-mail offering legal advice to Democratic state senators after they fled the state in February.

Mar 30, 2011

Union battle could be headed to Supreme Court

TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans face a new hurdle in their campaign to curb public sector unions’ power. So far Republicans have managed win after win — overcoming massive protests and outmaneuvering Democrats to push their plan through the Legislature, then finding a […]

Mar 29, 2011

Judge halts implementation of bargaining law 

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The showdown over Wisconsin’s explosive union bargaining law shifted from the Statehouse back to the courthouse on Tuesday, but it remained unclear when or even whether the measure would take effect. Republican lawmakers pushed through passage of the law earlier this month despite massive protests that […]

Mar 18, 2011

Judge blocks collective bargaining law (UPDATE)

By JASON SMATHERS and SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state’s new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, raising the possibility that the Legislature may have to vote again to pass the bill. Lawmakers had approved Gov. Scott Walker’s measure last week, breaking […]


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