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Economy & Business
1:03 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

Milwaukee Caterpillar Workers Watching Labor Dispute in Illinois

Credit Mark Sardella, Flickr

Workers at the Caterpillar factory in South Milwaukee are closely watching a labor dispute at the company plant in Illinois. Caterpillar employees in Joliet have been on strike for three months. The company is seeking steep wage and pension concessions, and the union representing nearly 800 workers refuses to accept the demands. WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on speculation that the outcome of the dispute could be a bellwether for labor relations across the country.

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Environment
12:00 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Preserving the Eschweilers

Milwaukee County Parks Department Administration, Innovation Park
Eddee Daniel

A group of historic preservationists and environmentalists will gather tonight at the Wauwatosa Public Library for what organizers hope will be a lively discussion. The central theme is the fate of the Eschweiler Buildings – four magnificent but crumbling structures that reside on the Milwaukee County Grounds. They occupy a large sweep of open space northeast of what is an otherwise congested Hwy 45 and Watertown Plank Road intersection.

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Milwaukee River Revival
4:35 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Looking to the Future

Not many dull moments in summer.

In this concluding segment of our series, WUWM's Bob Bach and Marge Pitrof chat about the visions people shared with our reporters about future plans for the Milwaukee River, as well as its ongoing challenges.

Milwaukee River Revival
4:26 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Environmental Forecast

Natural flow downstream from Estabrook Dam.

Past generations poured sewage, trash and industrial chemicals into the Milwaukee River.

Most of the direct dumping has ended, but as WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence reports, run-off from the land continues to choke the river, as do occasional sewer overflows.

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Milwaukee River Revival
3:43 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Waterway Becomes Popular Place for Recreation

Rowers are among the people using the river in their leisure time.

Early in Milwaukee’s history, residents flocked to the Milwaukee River to recreate. They gathered at the beer gardens and swimming schools that lined the shores, north of downtown.

By the end of the 1900s however, development and runoff had polluted the river, and the community began abandoning it. It wasn’t until about 1970 that comprehensive efforts began to remediate the problems.

The river is far from its pristine state. Yet in today’s installment of our series Milwaukee River Revival, WUWM’s Ann-Elise Henzl views how the river has again become a draw for leisure-time activities.

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Wisconsin Economic Scorecard
3:34 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Survey: Majority of Wisconsinites Feel State Headed in 'Right Direction'

It's been a little more than a month since Wisconsin's historic gubernatorial recall election. And while the state’s political rhetoric has finally begun to die down, even if the partisanship hasn't, national politics are just heating up. The country is still processing the landmark Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, President Obama's signature health care reform law, although Governor Scott Walker has said he will not implement any health care changes until after the November election.

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Milwaukee River Revival
3:24 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Businesses Benefit From Views, Traffic, Energy

Manpower Group relocated to downtown Milwaukee to take advantage of the river's revitalization.

All week we’ve been taking a close look at the Milwaukee River. We heard about the waterway’s history – how the community used it decades ago for industry and transportation – to modern developments, such as luxury condominiums and trendy restaurants. Today, WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on the value of the Milwaukee River to downtown businesses.

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Milwaukee River Revival
3:19 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Bars and Restaurants Lure Customers With River View

Lakefront Brewery sits on the north end of the River Walk.

Housing units and more have popped up along the Milwaukee River in recent times, as the city has accommodated development. For decades, the community polluted, then ignored the festering water. However, in contemporary times, there have been multi-pronged efforts to rehabilitate the resource. In today’s installment of our series, Milwaukee River Revival, WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports on the growth of eateries and watering holes. Quite a few have boating docks.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Board Sets Rules for Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

The state's Natural Resources Board has set rules for Wisconsin's first-ever wolf hunt.
Credit Wisconsin DNR

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board voted unanimously yesterday afternoon to adopt the DNR’s recommendations for Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt. The rules the Board set down include a kill quota of 201 wolves, which were recently delisted from Endangered Species Act. The hunt will run from October to February.

The hunt has been controversial enough that more than a hundred people jammed the hearing room in Stevens Point where the Board was meeting, and some 40-plus people testified during the hearing.

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Milwaukee River Revival
3:11 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Condo and Apartment Projects Attract Outsiders

View from the balcony of Hansen's Landing condominiums in the Third Ward.

Before the economic downturn of the last decade, housing development – and sales, along Milwaukee’s downtown river were booming. The administration of former Mayor John Norquist and civic leaders at the time championed the resurgence of the historic corridor. It had decayed and people ignored the river. In Tuesday’s installment of our series, Milwaukee River Revival, WUWM’s LaToya Dennis reports that much to the delight of realtors, developers and local leaders, waterfront properties are again moving off the market.

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