Listen to Mitch Teich's interview with Elaine Pagels, recorded on stage at MPL's Centennial Hall.
A massive tornado sweeps through an Oklahoma suburb. A bomb causes mayhem at the Boston Marathon. A gunman kills children at an elementary school, while another kills worshippers at a Sikh temple. They’re all tragedies. For some adherents to the bible’s New Testament, they are indications of a world moving in an apocalyptic direction.
GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker don't yet see eye-to-eye on expanding Wisconsin's school Choice or voucher program and creating a charter school board, so the Legislature's budget committee has delayed action on the items.
While the U.S. debates the use of drones for military purposes, a bipartisan group of Wisconsin legislators is proposing rules for civilian and police use here. A committee is gathering public input Wednesday.
State officials could check the bank accounts of unemployed people, under a proposal in the state legislature.
The law would also require financial institutions that do business with the state to monitor unemployed people's accounts. Banks and credit unions would be required to report overpayments due to error and disclose information about people who owe money to the unemployment system.
The Joint Finance Committee recently approved a provision in the Governor's budget that would force the unemployed to apply for four jobs a week, rather than two, to retain benefits.