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11:39 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Wisconsin Republican Leaders Work to Rally Party Faithful

Gov. Walker lobbied for voucher expansion, income tax cuts and Medicaid reform
Credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

UW Madison Political Scientist Charles Franklin discusses this weekend's state Republican convention in central Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Republicans rallied near Wausau over the weekend - during their annual convention.

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Politics & Government
11:28 am
Mon May 6, 2013

City Considers Changes For Milwaukee Taxi Industry

Drivers await fares outside a downtown Milwaukee hotel
Credit Bob Bach

More taxicabs could soon be rolling on Milwaukee streets. In 1992, the city capped taxi permits at 350. Now a group of cab owners and at least one alderman want to lift the cap. This afternoon, a Common Council committee will solicit opinions about the quality of taxi service today and whether or not the city needs more.

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Education
12:21 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

DPI Must Track Discrimination against Special Needs Students in Voucher Schools

Lennise Vickers (right) spoke at a news conference about the poor treatment she says her daughter received at a voucher school.
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

The U.S. Department of Justice is warning Wisconsin that its school choice or voucher program cannot discriminate against students with disabilities.

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Politics & Government
10:04 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Lawmakers Push to Strengthen Drunken Driving Laws

It’s not uncommon to tune into the news and learn of another drunken driving arrest or accident. Oftentimes, the perpetrators have numerous offenses.

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Arts & Culture
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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