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Miller Park Tax Intact Nearly 20 Years Later, as Lambeau Field's Ends

Residents of Brown County have a little extra money coming their way. Gov. Walker on Monday signed a bill that will return $17 million in excess taxes that the county collected to upgrade Lambeau Field. In the greater Milwaukee area, it’s been a different story when it comes to paying off Miller Park. Taxpayers here have been repaying the debt for nearly 20 years. The end date for the tax came and went.
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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett made it official this morning – he’s seeking a fourth term in office. Barrett sent an email to supporters, saying he’s filed the paperwork to run for re-election. Barrett already faces a number of challengers, including aldermen Bob Donovan and Joe Davis.

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Milwaukee-based singer/songwriter Billy Bob Rayson recently released his first album, Stop The Show.

Environmental themes run throughout. Rayson says he's been deeply influenced by environmental issues.

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Over a hundred people have been killed by guns in Milwaukee this year. But nearly five times that many have been shot and survived. We often don’t think about them, their recovery and what it costs.

Claudiare Motley was shot during a botched carjacking. He shares his story with us.

Motley is a father of three. He and his wife Kimberly left Milwaukee eight years ago for Charlotte, North Carolina, which they say is a safer place to raise kids. Kimberly is an international lawyer. Motley helps her run the firm, while waiting to see if he passed his bar exam.

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We will soon learn how many people are interested in serving on the Milwaukee County Board – now that it’s becoming a part-time job. Candidates can begin circulating nomination papers today, Dec. 1.

The state has imposed structural changes on the board. The one that will kick in, following April’s election, is that the job of supervisor will become half-time – in terms of salary and benefits.

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Playwright and Lake Effect essayist Alvaro Saar Rios has told many powerful stories through his work over the years. But it was a play he didn’t write that guides his work today:

Ten years ago, when Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, I was living in Texas working on commission for a new play. My first draft deadline was weeks away and I still had no idea what the play was going to be about.

No. That’s not true. I did have a title.

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Its Black Friday - the official start of the holiday shopping season. In recent years, there’s been talk that the growing number of online sales would signal the death of traditional suburban American malls. The prediction hasn’t really panned out. Experts say that while shopping malls have had to adapt, they’re now seeing some of their best numbers since the late 1980s.

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WUWM's holiday series Life's Voices begins this year with a profile of Steve Paradowski.

He's a professional chef who's on disability after a stroke.

Yet he still cooks a couple of times a week for Kathy's House. It's a place that provides lodging to people who live out of town who travel to Milwaukee area hospitals for outpatient treatment.

Paradowski watches the sale papers for deals. Then he shops for the ingredients for his Kathy's House meals, storing them in his apartment near Mitchell International Airport.


This year, Ex Fabula is excited to be joining The Great Thanksgiving Listen.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered prosecutors to destroy all the material collected, during their secret probes into Gov. Walker's 2012 recall campaign and activities of his aides while he served as Milwaukee County Executive.  Now D.A. John Chisholm and investigators are asking Federal Judge Lynn Adelman to preserve certain materials, while remnants of the cases continue. Those include a lawsuit a former Walker aide has filed against prosecutors. They claim they could need the evidence to defend themselves.

A growing effort, known as Sing Me a Story, is connecting kids in need with musicians.

Milwaukeean Austin Atteberry is the organization's executive director and co-founder and chats with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.



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