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Changes Could Be In Store for the State's Economic Development Corporation

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, better known as WEDC, is in the limelight once again.
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The movie industry has two especially busy times – there is the flurry of activity towards the end of the year, when holiday movies and potential award-winners come out, and then there is the highly anticipated summer movie season as well. Lake Effect film contributor Dave Luhrssen gives a preview of what's to come and his recommendations:

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Almost exactly a month from now, the climate for grocery shopping in southeastern Wisconsin will see some significant changes.

The first two Meijer stores in the state – in Grafton and Kenosha – will open their doors. The 190,000 square foot stores will feature the sorts of products you’d find at both a supermarket and also a retailer like Target, following the supercenter model.

Meijer seeks to be a one-stop shopping center and hopes that their company's philosophies will appeal to Wisconsinites and their Midwestern values.

Alderman Joe Dudzik was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday night. Police say the 56-year-old died due to injuries he suffered after hitting  construction barricades on the city's southwest side about 11:30 p.m. Dudzik was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. He was elected to the Milwaukee Common Council in 2002 and represented the 11th district. He worked for the city's public works department for more than 20 years.

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The Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalí is famous for works like his painting The Persistence of Memory and his Dada film, Andalusian Dog.

Dalí himself was nothing if not eccentric and grandiose – and highly imaginative. He wrote of his love of “everything that is gilded and excessive” and his passion for luxury.

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One of the great joys of having a smartphone is being able to load it up with apps that suit your needs or personality.

Some apps may provide useful information, others provide some fun or even introduce a bit of whimsy into your life. But a new app developed by UWM students could actually help save lives.

Ester Robards

While Milwaukee has a well-deserved blue collar reputation, its creative class has been growing in more recent years. But the creative economy isn't always visible - and might not be as entrenched yet as the manufacturing, tech and health care sectors.

An offshoot of an international organization is working to change that. CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series featuring a monthly theme. It now exists in 115 cities around the world, from Auckland to Dubai, and has been in Milwaukee since last fall.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Milwaukee’s homicide rate far exceeds last year’s at this time. Outbursts of violence have punched several neighborhoods particularly hard.

Last weekend, for instance, bullets struck five people who had gathered to mourn the killing of a teen. The COA Goldin Center at 23rd and Burleigh is about one-half mile away from the quintuple shooting.

At the end of the school day, the center’s basketball courts are packed. So is a table where high schoolers are playing chess. The scene in the Amani neighborhood appears picture-perfect. Quan Caston can’t say the same about the area.

Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard and Rep. Joel Kleefisch invited city officials to an informational hearing on Wednesday, to explain a computer malfunction affecting the Milwaukee Police Department. The problem has resulted in several videotaped interrogations being inaccessible.

The two GOP legislators chair committees related to public safety and criminal justice, but Milwaukee Democrats accused the two of calling the hearing simply to slug the city politically.

Democrat Sen. Fred Risser kicked-off the meeting with a question.

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While several high profile and controversial measures in the Governor’s proposed budget have worked their way through the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, other parts of the budget are still up for debate.

One such issue is a measure that would cap the amount of money available through Wisconsin’s Historic Tax Credits program, which provides incentives for builders and developers to rehabilitate historic buildings.

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The Milwaukee School Board will hold its first meeting Thursday since the Legislature’s budget committee approved several items that could greatly impact MPS. Perhaps the biggest would be the creation of a Recovery School District. 

It would give an independent commissioner oversight over failing MPS schools. At Thursday night’s school board meeting, members are expected to discuss giving the MPS superintendent similar powers.

Milwaukee School Board member Larry Miller says the state budget language stunned him.

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Walnut Way Conservation Corp. has been transforming vacant lots, crack dens and abandoned buildings into gardens and orchards since the late 1990s. These gardens serve as violence free zones in Milwaukee's Lindsay Heights neighborhood.
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