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Catalent stages initial public stock offering

Madison.com Local News - 1 hour 37 min ago
The New Jersey biotech has a manufacturing facility on Madison's far West Side.
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Spectrum Brands earnings rise

Madison.com Local News - 2 hours 7 min ago
The Middleton consumer products company, which includes Rayoavac, reported third-quarter earnings this week.
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Bucks: Free agent guard Jerryd Bayless signed

Madison.com Local News - 2 hours 12 min ago
Free agent Jerryd Bayless signed with the Milwaukee Bucks in large part because of Jason Kidd.
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Pro golf: Madison's Jerry Kelly in PGA after Dustin Johnson takes leave of absence from PGA Tour

Madison.com Local News - 2 hours 15 min ago
Kelly, who had been the first alternate, is added to the PGA field as Johnson tries to sort out "personal challenges" in his life.
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Wisconsin Supreme Court upholds voter ID law

Madison.com Local News - 2 hours 17 min ago
The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld a 2011 law backed by Republicans requiring voters show photo identification at the polls.
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Supreme Court sides with Walker on collective bargaining, voter ID legislation

The Badger Herald - 2 hours 18 min ago

Wisconsin’s highest court upheld Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial legislation on collective bargaining and Voter ID Thursday morning.

In a 5-2 ruling, the State Supreme Court ruled the 2011 legislation, Act 10, which affected public employees’ union rights, constitutional.

“These issues are always emotionally charged, especially in turbulent times, but perhaps nowhere are these topics more controversial or sensitive than in the State of Wisconsin,” the ruling said.

Act 10, passed to address the state’s budget deficit, resulted in a series of large Capitol protests in 2011 and was followed by a lawsuit against Walker.

According to the ruling, while public employees maintain the right to speak and petition openly and freely under the First Amendment, there is no obligation from the government to listen or respond with negotiation.

In a statement following the ruling, Walker said Act 10 has saved Wisconsin taxpayers more than $3 billion.

However, Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, said in a statement the ruling will negatively impact Wisconsin’s communities by preventing negotiations for fair wages and safe working conditions.

“Today’s anti-worker ruling was not surprising considering the partisan Wisconsin Supreme Court that, time and time again, has acted more like politicians in robes than as impartial arbiters of the law,” Larson said.

Additionally, the courts upheld the voter ID laws in a 4-3 decision.

The court’s ruling concluded that the State Legislature did not overstep its authority  with the identification requirements.

Opponents of this legislation, including the League of Women Voter’s who filed the suit, claim the voter ID laws could hinder the votes of lower-income citizens, young voters and elderly voters, who are more likely to vote Democratic.

Nonetheless, the ruling said the “requirement to present photo identification is a reasonable regulation that could improve and modernize election procedures, safeguard voter confidence in the outcome of elections and deter voter fraud.”

The laws are still ineffective until federal courts make a decision, according to a statement from the League of Women Voters.

There are an estimated 300,000 registered Wisconsin citizens who do not possess one of the acceptable forms of identification implemented by this law, the statement said.

“We are disappointed that a majority of Wisconsin Supreme Court justices did not agree with the League of Women Voters or the growing numbers of federal judges who have recently found that strict voter ID laws are more likely to prevent thousands of qualified citizens from voting than to deter the extremely small number of potential illegal votes,” Andrea Kaminski, executive director of the League said in the statement.

However, Walker said the Voter ID is a “common sense” reform, adding he looks forward to the federal court of appeals reaching the same decision.

The legitimacy of domestic partnerships in Wisconsin was also challenged today in court. While the court decided that domestic partnerships and marriage are not equal, it ruled that same-sex domestic partners have similar rights regardless of the federal court’s decision on the state’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

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Former State Journal reporter Ron Seely wins national award

Madison.com Local News - 2 hours 57 min ago
Seely will receive the Sierra Club's highest honor for reporting for distinguished coverage of the environment.
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Lee, Kathleen R. "Kay"

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 7 min ago
MADISON - Kathleen R. "Kay" Lee, age 80, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at Saint Mary's Hospital, with her loving son and family at her bedside. Kay bravely battled juvenile…
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Mongin, Phoenix Anne

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 7 min ago
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Phoenix Anne Mongin, age 21, of Saint Paul, Minn., passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on July 26, 2014.
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Kortman, Janice

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 7 min ago
GRAND MARSH / LODI - Janice Kortman, age 68, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.
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Storkson, Richard J. Sr.

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 7 min ago
MADISON / LONE ROCK - Richard J. Storkson Sr., age 70, of Madison and Lone Rock, passed away on July 24, 2014, surrounded by family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Joanne; his two chi…
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Election 2014: Assembly District 51 | Republican primary

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 7 min ago
Four candidates are seeking the Republican nomination for the 51st Assembly District in the Aug. 12 primary. The winner will face Dick Cates, a Democrat from Spring Green, in the general elect…
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Roecker, Wilbert G. "Bill"

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 7 min ago
REEDSBURG - Wilbert G. "Bill" Roecker, age 93, died peacefully on Thursday, July 31, 2014, in his home, surrounded by his family.
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Federal jury convicts woman of kidnapping newborn nephew

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 22 min ago
The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Kristen Smith guilty. She faces 25 years to life in prison when she is sentenced Oct. 27.
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Rain chances, highs in 80s to continue through Tuesday

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 32 min ago
The Madison forecast hasn't budged much, with rain chances sticking around for most of the upcoming week, but high temperatures are finally getting more summer-like.
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Madison in 100 objects: Monona Terrace carpet

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 37 min ago
The second rendition has found more favor than its bold predecessor.
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Man suffers heart attack, is saved by co-worker

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 37 min ago
Fitchburg building inspectors bond over near-death experience.
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Man charged with break-in and rape

Madison.com Local News - 3 hours 47 min ago
A Madison man was charged Thursday with allegedly going to a Far East Side apartment and raping a woman in her bed.
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Badgers men's basketball team receives Final Four rings

Madison.com Local News - 4 hours 22 min ago
If you see a Wisconsin Badgers basketball player walking around campus with his hand in the air, doing the Queen Wave, he's just showing off his Final Four ring.
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Badgers football: UW opens at No. 14 in preseason coaches poll

Madison.com Local News - 4 hours 32 min ago
The Badgers' opener with No. 13 LSU will be a key positional game for both schools as teams battle to stay in contention for the first College Football Playoffs.
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