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Irish Fest
1:43 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Three Irish Symbols You Didn't Know Had Spiritual Origins

An early Celtic cross
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Lake Effect's Stephanie Lecci interviews Julianne Donlon about Irish spirituality.

Milwaukee's Irish Fest starts tonight, and after 30 years it's more than just one of the city's most popular ethnic festivals.

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Education
12:39 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

2,400 Students Apply for 500 New Private School Vouchers

Wisconsin will add 500 students and 25 schools to its school Choice program - outside Milwaukee and Racine

Next week, the Dept. of Public Instruction will pick via a lottery which 500 students get a voucher. Most already attend a religious school.

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Education
8:47 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Voucher Schools May Face New Accountability Standards

State lawmakers are working on new rules for voucher schools.

Private schools participating in Wisconsin's voucher program would need to institute measurements to compare their effectiveness with public schools.

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Politics & Government
8:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

State Lawmakers Look to Reduce Fraud

Lawmakers want to offer incentives to people for reporting fraud and waste
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State lawmakers have come up with a new way to weed out cases of waste, fraud and abuse.

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Regional
1:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Milwaukee Violence Impacts Region's Quality of Life

Milwaukee has seen a sharp rise in violent crime in recent weeks.
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We’ve been reporting recently on a sharp uptick in violent crime in Milwaukee. Since the beginning of August, more than 25 people have been shot, and several died.

The central city of Milwaukee, and all of its problems, can seem very far away if you live at the edge of town, or in suburbs that have safe neighborhoods. But the idea that violence and its impacts are contained in a few, dangerous areas is shortsighted, according to Sam White.

“I would say that it is everyone in the region’s problem.”

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