1:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Summit Set for June as Heroin Deaths Spike in Milwaukee County

Milwaukee leaders will hold a conference in June to address heroin problems.

There’s been a dramatic increase in the number of heroin deaths in Milwaukee County. The Medical Examiner reports 67 people died of overdoses in 2013, compared to 50 the year before.

Several surrounding counties have held summits in an effort to tackle the problem. A huge regional gathering will be held in Milwaukee later this spring.

Milwaukee Common Council President Michael Murphy has spent the past few months organizing the summit. It will be held June 4 at Marquette University.

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Health & Science
10:23 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Responders Ready If Rail Mishap Occurs

More than 200 freight trains travel through the metro area each week, some comprised solely of tank cars.

Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski says emergency responders are specially trained to handle train derailments, including ruptured tank cars transporting hazardous cargo through urban areas.

Recent rail mishaps, including tragic derailments in Canada and Texas have put the focus on rail safety here and in other urban centers.

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Economy & Business
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Reverse Job Fair: Selling Young Professionals On Opportunities Available in Milwaukee

Mayor Tom Barrett speaking to people at a YP event at city hall last year
Credit LaToya Dennis

Young professionals are gathering in Milwaukee this week for the second annual YP Week.

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Economy & Business
3:59 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Moratorium Lifted, Energy Shutoffs May Begin

Utility companies on Tuesday may begin shutting off electricity because of overdue bills.
Credit Tim Boyle/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Utility companies in Wisconsin can begin disconnecting customers who have not paid their electricity bills.

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Politics & Government
12:22 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Attorney: Kramer Intends to Plead Not Guilty to Sexual Assault

Former Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer appeared in court Monday on sexual assault charges

The lawyer for former state Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer says his client will plead not guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual assault.

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