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PHOTO: The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Chris Stombaugh, says the GM recall shows how the civil justice system is a check on corporations. (Photo provided by WAJ)

MADISON, Wis. – General Motors recently recalled 2.6 million vehicles to repair a faulty ignition switch that’s blamed for 13 deaths. Christopher Stombaugh, an attorney and president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says the only reason the public became aware of the problem w...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The Internal Revenue Service expects about 137,000 Wisconsinites to file for an extension today. Photo: IRS, U.S. Treasury Dept.

MADISON, Wis. - As of a few days ago, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had received about 73 percent of the 2.8 million individual federal tax returns expected from Wisconsin, and of those, 93 percent were e-filed. But the IRS expects 137,000 Wisconsinites won't make today's deadline. Marshall M...Read More

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PHOTO: There is concern from environmental groups about nitrate discharge getting into groundwater at a huge central Wisconsin farm. (Photo from Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon at the Adams County Community Center in Adams regarding a pollutant discharge permit for Burr Oak Heifers, a huge farm with thousands of head of cattle. The farm already has paid a fine ...Read More

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PHOTO: The liquid nicotine used to refill e-cigarettes is literally a poison that must be handled very carefully, says Registered Pharmacist Donna Lotzer, UW-Health Poison Education Coordinator. (Photo from the Food and Drug Administration)

MADISON, Wis. – E-cigarettes often are advertised as being safer than conventional cigarettes, but health experts say that claim has never been proven. Donna Lotzer, a registered pharmacist who is Poison Education Coordinator for UW-Health, says the liquid nicotine that is used to refill e-c...Read More

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PHOTO: Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) says there was broad bipartisan support for a bill she co-authored, that will make Wisconsin the first state in the nation to require outside investigation of police-involved shootings that result in a death. (Photo from Rep. Taylor's office)

MADISON, Wis. - When there's a death involving the actions of a law-enforcement officer in Wisconsin, the officer's own agency investigates the incident. However, both houses of the state Legislature have just passed a bill that requires outside investigators to run the probes. Rep. Chris Taylor, D...Read More

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PHOTO: A new competition to come up with innovative solutions to the problems of climate change was announced this weekend by UW-Madison, which is encouraging widespread participation in the competition. (Photo: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (earthrise, Apollo 11)

MADISON, Wis. - A new competition to come up with solutions to climate change problems, called Climate Quest, was announced over the weekend by the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Darin Harris, with the UW-Madison Office of Quality Improvement, explained. "It is a team-based competition to come...Read More

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PHOTO: State Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) has settled a lawsuit regarding e-mails involving her activity with ALEC, the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council. Photo courtesy Wisconsin Senate.

MADISON, Wis. – Republican State Sen. Leah Vukmir of Wauwatosa has settled a lawsuit brought by the Madison-based Center for Media and Democracy regarding emails involving her work with ALEC, the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council. The messages contained a disclaimer that the...Read More

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PHOTO: The grassroots group United Wisconsin says the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC is a step backward in removing the influence of huge sums of money on politics. Photo courtesy United Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. – The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down aggregate limits on individual contributions to federal candidates, political parties and political action committees, saying existing limits are a violation of free speech. Lisa Subeck, executive director of the grassroots political grou...Read More

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