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ACLU federal lawsuit says Wisconsin's gay marriage ban violates U.S. Constitution (updated)

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Monday morning challenging Wisconsin's constitutional ban on gay marriage. Four couples are plaintiffs in the suit. The complaint charges that the ban violates the due process clause and equal protection clause of the United States Constitution by preventing same-sex couples from marrying in the state and by preventing the recognition of same-sex marriages entered into in other states. >More
 Inside the walls of Sand Ridge Treatment Center: 'We have a huge challenge here'

From the outside, Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center looks like a maximum security prison. Razor wire tops a double fence; the inner layer is electrified. The facility, about a mile from residential neighborhoods, is surrounded by fields, forests and an industrial park. >More
 Photos: Inside Sand Ridge, where the sexually violent are treated

Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism reporter Nora Hertel and Wisconsin Public Radio reporter Gilman Halsted were the first journalists since 2007 to tour Sand Ridge Secure Treatment Center, the Mauston facility that houses sex offenders who have been committed to the state. Below is a photographic tour shot and compiled by Hertel. >More
 Wisconsin freeing more sex offenders from mental lockup

Wisconsin officials have nearly quadrupled the number of offenders released from state custody after they were committed as sexually violent persons. The risks to residents are reasonable, officials say, because the state's treatment programs are working and new data suggest these offenders are less likely to reoffend than previously thought. >More
 Marriott hotel developer for old Pahl Tire site says parking and traffic issues are solvable

A second developer is taking a crack at building a hotel on the old Pahl Tire site on the outer loop of Capital Square, at the corner of East Washington Avenue and North Webster Street. But the developer, North Central Group, is running into the same obstacles: parking and traffic. >More
 The school-lunch dilemma for Madison

The Madison school district's food and nutrition production facility is a large, gray, industrial-looking building on Pflaum Road, with a loading bay in the back. Inside, baskets of hairnets line the hallways, and cases of preprocessed food are stacked high. It is in this building, in a windowless conference room, where Dustin Lundt and six of his colleagues gather weekly to determine the lunch menus for Madison's students. >More
 The political calculus behind Mary Burke's decision not to appear with Obama

President Barack Obama's visit to a General Electric facility in Waukesha on Thursday, Jan. 30 has caused some problems for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke, who has decided not to appear with the president. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: How one Madisonian got health care coverage via Obamacare

Isthmus contributor Julia Cechvala reports on one Madisonian's experiences in applying for health care coverage via Obamacare in the January 24 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the January 23 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Bipartisan bill to restrict drones in Wisconsin faces turbulence

At a legislative committee hearing last May, state Rep. Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) began his testimony on AB 203, a bill to restrict the use of drones in Wisconsin, with an interesting boast. "This is probably the best bill that will come before this committee this session," said August, the lead Assembly sponsor. >More
 How about a cafe on the Yahara River Parkway?

Madison will look to the Yahara River waterfront in the coming weeks as it considers plans to redevelop the scenic, open space into a hub for recreation and development. The Yahara River, which links lakes Mendota and Monona, runs about a mile across the isthmus. Roughly 50 feet of green space on either side make up the public Yahara River Parkway. >More
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