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Civil War
2:46 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Iron Brigade and Beyond: Wisconsin in the Civil War - Groveton Begins Second Bull Run

It was the so-called "Black Hats" of Gen. Rufus King's division that battled at Brawner Farm. King himself was a prominent Wisconsinite and three Wisconsin regiments fought there.

Next Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of the start of one of the biggest battles of the American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run, otherwise known as Second Manassas. Many know of this enormous battle, but few know the story about the fight that started it - or the prominent role Wisconsinites played in it.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
2:31 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Family Members of Temple Victims Discuss First Lady's Visit

Amardeep and Pardeep Kaleka at the WUWM studios.

Family members of the people killed and injured in the Sikh temple tragedy received First Lady Michelle Obama’s condolences Thursday. Mrs. Obama met with the families in Oak Creek, after appearing at a campaign stop in Milwaukee.

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Regional
9:08 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Wauwatosa Embarks on Its Largest Ever Public Works Project

Wauwatosa Block Looking East

The landscape is now barren in front of dozens of Wauwatosa homes.

In June, their city launched its largest public improvements project ever, and it entails cutting down trees. Wauwatosa is replacing miles of aging sewer pipes, in hopes of ending basement back-ups.

While some residents are thrilled, we found others wondering if the cure is worse than the problem.

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

A Beloved Machine Goes on the Fritz

Contributor Gianofer Fields' beloved washer is on the fritz - here's its "brain" in the capable hands of repairman John.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields interviews the repairman who has come to save her washer.

Material culture explores why objects have meaning to us. For our contributor, it's because it does her wash.

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Education
5:05 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Extra Credits Add to Student Loan Debt

Students at the University of Whitewater graduate with on average 136 credit hours.

Whether you are in the process of paying back student loans or just beginning to figure out how to pay for college, there is no question it is expensive. The average cost of attending a four-year UW system school, including tuition, fees, room and board and books totals around $17,500 a year. The number of loans students have taken out over the past decade has tripled, and now account for more than a trillion dollars former students must repay. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis has learned about one specific factor that adds to the cost of a college education - students graduating with more credits than needed.

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Sikh Temple Shooting
2:45 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

The Importance of Visiting Oak Creek

One of the many expressions of sympathy in the wake of the shooting at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek.

It has been more than two weeks since a Cudahy man entered the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek and shot and killed six congregants who had gathered for Sunday services. Wade Michael Page also injured four people before killing himself.

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Regional
12:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Praise for Sue Black and Curiosity About Why She is No Longer Milwaukee County Parks Director

Black's tenure dotted with awards.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele's office confirms that Sue Black is no longer Milwaukee County Parks Director. No reason has yet been stated. Members of the Milwaukee County Board are not yet commenting, many saying they did not have advanced notice about Black's departure.

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Environment
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Will Senate Race Draw From Candidates' Environmental Arsenals?

Click to Enlarge PhotoA worker at Helios Solar Works in the Menomonee Valley gives Democrat Tammy Baldwin a tour the morning after the Wisconsin Primary
Credit Susan Bence

Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate race is blazing full steam ahead after former Governor Tommy Thompson defeated three challengers in Tuesday’s GOP primary.

Both he and Democratic Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin hit the campaign circuit hours later.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence takes an initial look at how environmental issues might play into the race.

Peruse their campaign websites, and you will not find plans for how either candidate would address issues such as global warming or storm water contamination.

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Environment
12:00 am
Tue August 14, 2012

New Water Council Building Tenant Builds International Connections

Two men with a passion for innovation - Ken and Todd Muderlak - hope to take international markets by storm.
Credit Susan Bence

Dignitaries including Governor Walker tramped the grounds Monday of what is becoming home to the Milwaukee Water Council.

The gathering officially launched the renovation of a seven-story warehouse in the Walker’s Point neighborhood.

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Arts & Culture
3:06 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Folk Fusion

Bruce Molsky.
Credit Bruce Molsky

Lake Effect's Bonnie North interviews musician Bruce Molsky.
Milwaukee’s Irish Fest returns for its annual run at the Festival Grounds on Thursday. And as is our habit, we’ll feature a few of the bands playing there over the course of the week. While there will be music with an obvious Irish feel, the focus of this year’s festival will also have a distinctly American sound. That’s because many of the acts will spotlight how traditional Irish music evolved into the bluegrass sound we think of as native to Appalachia.

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