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5:11 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Parts of Courthouse to Reopen Monday

The courthouse has been closed all this week because of a fire last weekend

A number of jury trials will resume next week, as several floors of the Milwaukee County Courthouse open to the public.

The building has been closed this week, because of smoke and electrical damage from a fire last weekend.

The county executive’s office says crews continue to work around the clock to clean up from the smoke, in hopes that floors 5-7 of the courthouse can reopen on Monday. That would allow all criminal, family, small claims cases and jury trials to resume.

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Chancellor's Report
4:09 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

How the New State Budget Impacts UWM

Mike Lovell and Dave Edwards

WUWM's Dave Edwards chats with UWM Chancellor Mike Lovell.

The new state budget includes a two year tuition freeze for the University of Wisconsin System, a 1% pay increase for employees, and gives the Governor the authority to sell state owned property. UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell discusses the impact on his campus. Also, the UW Board of Regents met in Milwaukee during June.

Politics & Government
3:24 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Report Outlines “Significant Obstacles” at the Polls for Disabled and Elderly Voters

The Government Accountability Board says municipal clerks are responsible for making sure polling places are accessible
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

The Government Accountability Board says it found more than 10,000 violations of two federal laws, which require polling places to be accessible.

Over the last three years, the agency conducted inspections at 1,614 polling sites in 921 municipalities throughout the state.

Many polling places violated the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 or the Help America Vote Act of 2002, because voters were not able to vote privately and independently.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

As You Like It: Optimist Theatre Performs in New Space

Milwaukee's Optimist Theatre is performing As You Like It, one of Shakespeare's liveliest comedies, at Kadish Park.
Credit alluvium_journal.org

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews Tom Reed and Kristin Hammargren of Optimist Theatre.

It's summer and time for Shakespeare in the Park. The Optimist Theatre has a new production - and a new home.

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Economy & Business
11:47 am
Thu July 11, 2013

In Time for Anniversary, 'Outsider' CEO Helps Harley-Davidson Recover

Motorcycles line up outside of Milwaukee's Harley-Davidson Museum.
Credit Dave Reid/Flickr

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews reporter Rich Rovito about Harley-Davidson.

Tens of thousands of motorcyclists are expected in Milwaukee late next month to mark the 110th anniversary of Harley-Davidson.

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Regional
11:20 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Milwaukee Sued, Because of Alleged Police Strip Searches

Five men, who say Milwaukee police strip searched them, are suing the city, several officers and Police Chief Flynn. Wisconsin prohibits officers from conducting cavity searches.

One officer has been convicted of conducting illegal searches. Three others still face charges.

The federal lawsuits the men have filed do not specify an amount of damages they're seeking.

In Wisconsin, only doctors, physician's assistants and registered nurses can conduct searches of rectal and genital areas, on people suspected of committing crimes.

Education
11:03 am
Thu July 11, 2013

UW Regents Expand Tuition Freeze

Tuition freeze will apply to undergrads, graduate students and out-of-state students

The UW Board of Regents will freeze tuition for all students, not just resident undergrads.

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Politics & Government
8:03 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Milwaukee County Reroutes Some Services

Judicial and other county functions have taken up temporary quarters following a weekend fire at the courthouse.

Local officials have scrambled to offer necessary services to Milwaukee County residents - at temporary locations.

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Economy & Business
8:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

New Foundation Aims to Help Startups

The missing piece in encouraging small, new employers in Wisconsin - funding, from investors willing to take a risk.

A new group hopes to spur startup businesses in Wisconsin - with an influx of money.

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Economy & Business
7:26 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Mideast Upheaval May Mean Pain at the Pump

Local gasoline prices are on the move upward. An analyst says the trend will likely continue.

Local gasoline prices could be going up again soon according to an oil industry analyst.

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