Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Prison workers under investigation get $2.5 million from Wisconsin: Jason Stein, Catie Edmondson and Kevin Crowe of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel write: "Over the past two years, taxpayers shelled out $2.5 million in wages for nearly 400 prison workers to wait at home while they were investigated for alleged misconduct, records show. Most of these workers were found to be at fault in some way. A few weren't. But they were all paid to do nothing for an average of 54 days and often despite some seemingly simple cases to sort out. Seventy-two workers were paid at least $10,000 apiece while on leave, and one probation and parole agent was ultimately fired after being paid $79,725 while apparently on leave for nearly two years, according to records released to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel." Read more
In wake of failed coup, Turkey detains more than 6,000 people: Erin Cunningham, Liz Sly and Hugh Naylor of the Washington Post write: "A sweeping campaign to arrest renegade military officers, soldiers and other suspects linked to a failed coup plot in Turkey showed signs on Sunday of turning into a nationwide crackdown against opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. The country’s justice minister confirmed that as many as 6,000 people, ranging from commanders to civil servants, have been detained over the incident. Authorities early Sunday detained more than 50 senior army officers in connection with the attempted putsch that began late Friday and was swiftly quelled by supporters of the Turkish leader, the country’s Anadolu news agency reported." Read more
Gender, education gaps widen in Wisconsin presidential polling: Craig Gilbert of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "In Wisconsin, the gender gap between (Hillary) Clinton and (Donald) Trump is roughly four times bigger than it was at this point in the last presidential race, according to polling in 2012 and 2016 by the Marquette University Law School. Democrat Clinton is leading Republican Trump by 23 points among women this summer, while Trump is leading by 11 among men (a 34-point gap between the sexes). Four years ago in Wisconsin, Democrat Barack Obama led Republican Mitt Romney by 16 points among women and 7 among men (a 9-point difference)." Read more
Mike Pence might make Donald Trump's problems with female voters worse: Katie Zezima of the Washington Post writes: "Donald Trump has already had problems making inroads with female, gay and minority voters. His vice-presidential pick, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, could make things even worse. Pence, the Republican governor of Indiana, has endorsed conservative legislation on abortion, gay rights and immigration both in his home state and while in Congress, where he was consistently ranked as one of the most right-leaning members of the House. He attempted to shut down the government over Planned Parenthood funding, supported a measure that made English the nation’s official language and signed one of the nation’s strictest abortion laws earlier this year." Read more
Under Brad Schimel, Wisconsin's environmental enforcement drops: Lee Bergquist of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Attorney General Brad Schimel has issued scores of news releases since taking office in January 2015, but none to publicize environmental cases he has prosecuted. The approach contrasts with Schimel's predecessors, including fellow Republican J.B. Van Hollen, who frequently issued statements detailing the prosecution of companies and individuals for violating state pollution laws. Under Schimel, financial penalties in 2015 against polluters fell to their lowest since at least 1994, according to records the agency provided to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The drop to $734,127 is the first time judgments fell below $1 million during that period." Read more
Antidoping officials want Russian contingent banned from Rio Olympics: Rebecca R. Ruiz of the New York Times writes: "Antidoping officials from at least 10 nations and 20 athlete groups are preparing the extraordinary step of requesting that the entire Russian delegation be barred from the Summer Olympics over allegations of a state-sponsored doping program, according to email correspondence obtained by The New York Times. The antidoping officials and athletes were expected to pressure Olympic leaders on the matter as soon as Monday — less than three weeks before the opening ceremony in Rio. They were waiting for the results of an investigation into claims published in The Times of a state-sponsored doping program conducted by Russian officials at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Grigory Rodchenkov, Russia’s former antidoping lab director, told The Times in May that he followed government orders to cover up the widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs by dozens of Russian Olympians at the Sochi Games." Read more