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Wisconsin Amtrak Service at Risk in Trump Budget

There are two Amtrak routes that run through Wisconsin - the Hiawatha, which carries passengers between Milwaukee and Chicago; and the Empire Builder, which transects the state as it makes its way from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest. President Trump's proposed budget would eliminate the Empire Builder, and that - say rail advocates - would put the Hiawatha at risk, as well.

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Wisconsin's state Supreme Court race suddenly is heating up. Last week, conservative Justice Michael Gableman announced that he would not seek reelection next year.

A couple people had already thrown their hat into the ring. Others followed, after hearing Gableman's news.

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UpdateMilwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke reportedly will remain on the job in Milwaukee County. Earlier this spring, he announced that he would join the Trump administration as an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security. 

Clarke had not been specific about the timing, but indicated that he would begin work in his new post in June.

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On this Father's Day weekend, it’s all about the dads - or maybe just time to think about fatherhood. But what happens when just the thought of procreation gives makes you physically stressed? Matthew Konkel will tell you in our first story from the “Bad Company” Spectacular Slam in 2013.  While he loves the spirit and creativity that children naturally exude, Matthew simply didn't want to have kids of his own - so, he decided to have a vasectomy. How Matthew released his stress over fatherhood, in this week's show.

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Earlier this week, we learned about The Roddis Collection, one of four exhibitions at the Museum of Wisconsin Art dedicated to Wisconsin fashion. Three of those four shows focus on adult fashion, but the fourth exhibition looks at the legacy of an influential Milwaukee designer of high-end children’s clothing, Florence Eiseman.

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Update, Friday, June 16:

The Wisconsin Assembly passed a measure calling for an Article V Convention, as well as two other measures regarding the parameters of the convention and the attendees. The proposals now head to the Wisconsin Senate. 

Original Post, Friday, February 3:

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Update, June 16: 

The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department has released dash-cam video from a deputy squad car, showing a longer version of what led up to Sunday's fatal shooting near Bradford Beach. A deputy fired shots into a vehicle that appeared to have been ignoring officers' warnings and attempting to flee along the crowded lakefront. The Waukesha sheriff's office continues investigating the incident.

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State lawmakers on the budget writing committee Thursday rejected Gov. Walker’s proposed switch to a self-insurance model for state employees. Instead, the panel came up with other ways to save money. One of those methods likely would lead to an increase in health care premiums for state workers.

An advertising blimp fell from the sky on Thursday and crashed near the scene of golf's U.S. Open in Wisconsin, injuring the pilot.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office described the pilot's injuries as "serious." It said in a statement that the pilot was the only person on board.

"The initial investigation reveals the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems prior to the crash," the sheriff's office added.

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Milwaukee is often called a city of neighborhoods - and with good reason. By some estimates there are more than a hundred distinct neighborhoods in the city, each with their own unique culture and community traditions.

LISTEN: One Question, Lots of Answers: How Are Milwaukee Neighborhoods Named?

But when it comes to talking about the city's “hottest” neighborhoods, Milwaukeeans tend to rely on some familiar favorites.

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Lake Effect recently spoke with experts from the VA and the LGBT Resource Center at UW-Milwaukee.  They’re among those who are presenting the Zablocki VA Medical Center’s fifth annual mental health summit at UW-Milwaukee on Friday, with a focus on issues faced by LGBTQ+ veterans.

READ: VA Mental Health Summit Focuses on LGBT Veterans

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