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Same sex marriage is now legal in every state across the country. The U.S. Supreme Court made it so on Friday. In Wisconsin, due to court decisions, same-sex marriage has been the lay of the land for nearly a year. 

The courts overturned the ban state voters had approved. While reaction to today’s decision is mixed – Gov. Walker called it a ‘grave mistake’, we caught up with several local people directly affected.

Bill Hurtubise-Palmer and his partner have been together for nine years, and on April 25, they made it official.

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A judge ruled in favor of Milwaukee County on Friday in its lawsuit against Preserve Our Parks. The judge determined a move by the Legislature to redraw lakebed boundaries was legal.

Preserve Our Parks had threatened to sue the County over its proposed sale of the Downtown Transit Center site to developer Rick Barrett. He wants to build the 44-story Couture tower on the property. The building would feature housing, retail and parking space – and a stop for the new streetcar.

Waukesha is one step closer in its quest to obtain Lake Michigan water.

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin DNR gave preliminary approval to the city’s plan. Waukesha’s underground source of water is dwindling and increasingly contaminated with radium, an element linked to cancer. So the city is under a federal order to take action. The final decision about getting water from Lake Michigan does not rest with the DNR.

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Gov. Walker came to Milwaukee on Wednesday to loosen Wisconsin’s gun laws. One bill he signed eliminates the state’s 48-hour waiting period for handgun purchases. The other allows retired police officers to carry guns on public school property.

Walker selected the Milwaukee Sheriff’s office for his signing ceremony. He defended the timing of the event, happening just a week after mass shootings in South Carolina. He says the wheels were put in motion weeks ago, before a gunman shot and killed nine worshippers at a church in Charleston.

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Some state employees are one step closer to receiving pay increases for the 2015-2017 fiscal year while others could bring home less money. The states Joint Committee on Employment Relations voted on two different provision on Tuesday now on their way to the legislature.

Under the plan, state troopers would see a 3 percent raise during both the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years. Gregory Gracz is director of the Office of State Employee Relations. He says the hope is that the raise would reduce turnover within the organization.

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Thousands of people who ride Milwaukee County Transit System buses could soon find themselves stranded, if bus drivers walk off the job.

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The United States is hosting Wetskills Water Challenges, an international student competition focused on global water issues, for the first time. And it’s happening here in Milwaukee.

Today, the students will pitch their ideas to professionals at the 8th Annual Water Summit at the Pfister Hotel.

Johan Oost, from the Netherlands, helped create Wetskills five years ago.

    

The U. S. Supreme Court could rule soon on whether the Affordable Care Act can provide subsidies for millions of Americans.

The decision could affect Wisconsin and more than 30 other states that did not set up their own marketplaces. Their residents have had to buy plans on the federal exchange.

Most Assembly Republicans want Wisconsin to mete out delays statewide and not spare the massive Zoo Interchange reconstruction project in Milwaukee.

On Monday, 33 of 63 GOP representatives put their demands in a letter Monday to Gov. Walker and Republican legislative leaders. The 33, who represent rural and out-state districts, say they want to rein in spending on transportation until the state has the money but want any resulting delays to affect all corners of Wisconsin.

Earl P. Holt, leader of the Council of Conservative Citizens has reportedly donated $3,500 to Gov. Walker since 2011. The alleged racist manifesto that Dylann Roof created - the young white man accused of murdering nine black people at a church in Charleston last week, credits the group with influencing his thoughts.

Gov. Walker's campaign says he will donate the money to charity.

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