Wisconsin Lawmakers to Consider Repealing Prevailing Wage Law

The law setting wages for certain public works projects has been on the books since the early 1930s. The debate over its future seems to pit taxpayers and skilled workers.
Read More

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

The push-and-pull of gentrification in Milwaukee, plus why saving old buildings helps the downtown economy.  Also, a former Journal Sentinel staffer comes to terms with the sale of the paper. Then, a middle-grade novel takes on an age-old issue - how kids view their ethnic heritage.  And Milwaukee Magazine takes an in-depth look at bike culture in Milwaukee.

Guests:

Mark Hoffman

We're more than two months into our Precious Lives project to examine the issue of gun violence and how it affects children in Milwaukee.  It's a good time to take stock of the project, and look ahead to where it will go.

Stop Fake twitter @StopFakingNews

In American journalism, the website Politifact has emerged as a leading national effort to fact-check statements made by politicians and other news makers. It's a given, though, that the American media is an independent one, and while some elements might be opinionated, it is not seen as a tool for national or local governments to issue propaganda.

Select Books, Inc.

What happens to us after we die is a question we have wrestled with since humans became self-aware. Some of us believe in a heaven, some in karma and reincarnation, others in the great void, and many of us prefer not think about it at all.

Vivian Probst has thought about it – and written about it in her debut novel Death By Roses. Her protagonist, Mae Rose, experiences an unusual, and funny, death – and a life of sorts after it.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Downtown Milwaukee is in the midst of a building boom, including along the Milwaukee River.

The city credits its ongoing Riverwalk construction for luring people to a stretch of land most had ignored.

Now as the decades-long project nears an end, builders are gobbling up the remaining land along the walkway.

There have been so many projects along the Milwaukee River, you can’t write a list that’s both short and comprehensive.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Congress continues its investigation into the VA Medical Center in Tomah.

Staff there are accused of over-prescribing painkillers to some patients, leaving them listless. In one case, a man died of an overdose.

On Monday, Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson led a hearing on the charges.

WUWM wanted to hear local veterans’ opinions about the allegations. So we sat down with a few, at Vets Place Central on Milwaukee’s west side.

The men say they’re outraged over the allegations at the Tomah VA Center.

d76/Flickr

There are a couple upcoming changes in the Milwaukee County Transit System. This week, seniors and people with disabilities can get free passes. Next week, some riders will face a new charge.

If you pay cash to ride the county bus, you pay $4.50 for a round trip. Right now, county residents who are 65 or older and people with disabilities pay half the regular fare.

But even that’s unaffordable for many, according to Milwaukee County Board Chairperson Marina Dimitrijevic.

The father of a Marine who died of an overdose at the Tomah VA, told members of Congress on Monday that he sought meetings with his son's doctors, because the 35-year-old seemed frequently over-medicated.

Nika V / Flickr

You may not even think twice about turning on the radio in your home to start or end your day, but your cat may have noticed it for completely different reasons.

Staff at the Tomah VA is accused of over-prescribing painkillers and retaliating against people who blew the whistle. Before federal leaders decided to act, a 35-year-old marine died of an overdose there, last year.

Pages

In case you missed it...

catwarren.com

New Book Examines "The Wonder Of Working Dogs"

A common sight in tragedies such as this week’s Germanwings plane crash in the French Alps is working dogs, helping their human handlers search for human remains. Dogs are also used for bomb detection, rescuing disaster survivors, and sniffing out illegal contraband and other professional tasks. The work of these dogs is seen as equally heroic as the human effort.
Read More