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Wisconsin Lawmaker Wants High Schoolers to Pass Civics Test to Graduate

How well do you know your U.S. history? What if you had to correctly answer dozens questions about government and the founding fathers in order to move on in life?
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This spring marks the anniversaries of the liberation of five concentration camps by United States forces. Seventy years after World War II's end, the effects and implications from the collective experiences of individuals and countries are still being felt. 

Professor of political economy and world business at Carthage College Art Cyr reflects on the legacy of World War II and how it shapes foreign and global policy today. 

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Republican budget leaders say the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly will not advance the part of Gov. Walker's budget that would give the UW System independence from state oversight.

Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren say they also want to restore some of the $300 million Walker would cut from the system's budget, depending on new state revenue projections. The tally on tax collections should be forthcoming soon.

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Internet radio show host Homer Blow is part of the Precious Lives radio team. He helps shape the stories about youth and gun violence with his decades of experience living and making radio in Milwaukee.

Blow talks about the violence in Milwaukee all of the time on his show, but the story hit close to home recently.

The Waterboys

Whole of the Moon is the song The Waterboys are most famous for in the United States. The UK band had a string of hits in the late 1980s, before the members went their separate ways in the early ‘90s. 

Courtesy of Mark Olsky

The Mauthausen Concentration Camp in German-occupied Austria was liberated on May 4, 1945.  Among the more than 40,000 people rescued was Mark Olsky, who had been born just a few days before, in a cattle car en route to the camp.

With the camp's liberation, Olsky, his mother, and four of her siblings, survived the Holocaust - but just barely.

Olsky weighed only three pounds when he was born. His mother was under 70 pounds and was close to death. 

S Bence

Most of the Kinnickinnic River looks like a giant drainage ditch. However, work is underway to restore the river to it's natural flow.

Back in the 1960s, the KK was channelized with concrete slopes. At the time, the technique was considered to be a state-of-the-art storm water management system. Instead, the channels led to devastating flooding.

By 2007, the river was named one of the 10 most endangered rivers in the United States.

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We talk every month with cellist Robert Cohen of the Fine Arts Quartet, in a series of conversations called On That Note.

Cohen is recently back from London, and this month, he discusses the physical toll of being a professional touring musician, and whether there is regimen to follow to withstand that toll and still perform at your best:

Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen is an award-winning recording artist, conductor, artistic director and cellist for the Fine Arts Quartet. 

To mark May Day, the start of May when advocates for immigrant rights rally across the country, we explore the lives and work of several local Latino poets. The breadth of their work has been growing, right along with the population.

Latinos now make up the largest minority group in Wisconsin – at 350,000 strong, but Oscar Mireles knows, it wasn’t always this way.

“I did a lot of traveling when I was in my 20s, and first question when people found out I was Chicano and I was from Wisconsin they go “I didn’t know there were Chicanos or Latinos in Wisconsin,” Mireles says.

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The Brewers have hired their former infielder Craig Counsell to succeed Ron Roenicke as manager. The team dismissed Roenicke on Sunday, following a dismal start to the season.

Counsell grew up in the Milwaukee area and played the last five seasons of his 16-year baseball career with the Brewers. He retired in 2011. Since then, the 44-year-old has worked in the club's front office.

Essay: A-Tisket, A-Tasket...Baskets Full of May

May 1, 2015
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Today is May 1st, which is marked by many celebrations around the world.  Many of them honor workers, but it is a different tradition that essayist Marjorie Pagel remembers from her Wisconsin childhood:

"May basket!"

The cry at the kitchen door rings through the stillness of the spring night. Immediately the whole house comes alive. I am the first to reach the door. Snapping on the yard light, I rush outside to see the backs of three fleeing figures.

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After New State Law, Milwaukee Stops Licensing Uber, Lyft Drivers

Milwaukee has stopped issuing licenses for drivers with rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft. The city’s announcement comes after Gov. Walker signed a bill Friday prohibiting local rideshare regulations.
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