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12:00 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble Rings in 10 Years of Music

Handbells of various notes
Credit Jyll and Tom Skinner/Wikimedia

Lake Effect's Amy Kiley interviews the head of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble.

For ten years, the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble has brought unique ringing to the area, and now it will celebrate its longtime musical commitment to the city with an anniversary concert next week.

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Chancellor's Report
4:17 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Lovell Explains UWM's Current Cash Balances

Mike Lovell and Dave Edwards

Despite recent headlines about a cash surplus at UW System campuses, UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mike Lovell explains that current cash balances are invested in strategic priorities that have been openly discussed and approved by the Board of Regents. Also, various efforts by UWM to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship in the community.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Book's Plucky Tractor Plows His Way into Kids' - and Some Adults' - Hearts

Long's new book, "Otis and the Puppy."
Credit Loren Long

Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Loren Long.

Inspired by his favorite picture books from childhood, like The Pokey Little Puppy and The Little Engine that Could, Loren Long has tried to pass on that inspiration to children through his books. He has a series about Otis the Tractor and he is the illustrator of President Obama’s picture book Of Thee I Sing.

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Regional
9:57 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Immigration Marchers Weigh In On Bill Before Congress

Immigration rights supporters rallied at Pere Marquette Park Wednesday.

Hundreds of Latino residents and supporters of immigration reform marched in Milwaukee Wednesday. Organizers have established May 1 as their annual demonstration for worker rights.

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Environment
3:28 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

How Green Can Ribbon Be?

A sampling of Cream City Ribbon

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met a local entrepreneur adding color and a sustainable flair to the art of ribbon making.

Eric Crawford has reinvented himself several times over his 53 years. The Milwaukee native has done everything from working as a cruise director in Florida to earning a master’s in human resources.

The green thread wove its way into his psyche during boyhood summers spent at wilderness camp.

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Politics & Government
10:09 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Council Approves TIF Plan to Help Pay for $400 million Northwestern Mutual Office Tower

The new office tower will replace the brown building from the 1970s
Credit Northwestern Mutual

The insurance giant Northwestern Mutual wants to build a $400 million office tower, that would be at least 30 stories tall, on the corner of Cass and Mason, in downtown Milwaukee. It would replace a 16-story building from the 1970s.

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Education
5:26 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Milwaukee's First TEDx Conference Will Feature Local Technology and Arts Gurus

Ted events showcase local dynamic speakers

Next week, Milwaukee will host its first TEDx event – TED, standing for technology, entertainment and design. TED conferences are motivational gatherings that have been taking place across the country since 1990, but seem to be growing in popularity, lately.

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Education
11:09 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Wisconsin Not Alone in Spotting Perceived "Surplus" in University System

Analysts say there is a need to understand university budgeting

Wisconsin is not the first state to question its universities’ books according to Kevin Kiley, a reporter with the online publication Inside Higher Education. Kiley says other states have also assumed they’ve stumbled upon a surplus, then learned otherwise.

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Regional
4:20 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

$14.6 Million in Milwaukee County Parks Improvements Underway

A new picnic shelter will be built this summer at Johnsons Park on Milwaukee's north side.

You will soon see a lot of yellow in Milwaukee County Parks. Dandelions sure, but also a whole bunch of construction equipment. Dump trucks and graders are just some of the gear workers will use to make much-needed repairs. The county plans to spend $14.6 million this year improving its parks, chipping away at a list of deferred maintenance needs totaling $300 million.

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Politics & Government
3:42 pm
Mon April 29, 2013

State Lawmakers Grapple With Huge Transportation Deficit

The Joint Finance committee will take up the state transportation budget on Tuesday.
Credit Ann Althouse, Flickr

One of the big budget items coming before the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Tuesday will be transportation.

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