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8:53 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Metro Area Apartment Construction Booming

The Enclave is under construction in Wauwatosa.

The economic downturn has hit the builders of homes and condominiums hard. Unemployment in the construction trades tops 25 percent. Still, one sector is hot. Large apartment complexes are taking shape, including on the metro Milwaukee landscape.

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Regional
2:41 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Camp Yellow Ribbon

"Scream", "Bug", "Jazz" and "Scorpion"
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

As we near the end of summer, kids are returning from camp.

Last Friday for instance, children in Oconomowoc reunited with their families. These young people are used to being separated from parents, because their mothers, fathers – or both – are in the military.

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Regional
2:41 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Camp Yellow Ribbon

"Scream", "Bug", "Jazz" and "Scorpion"
Credit Ann-Elise Henzl

As we near the end of summer, kids are returning from camp.

Last Friday for instance, children in Oconomowoc reunited with their families. These young people are used to being separated from parents, because their mothers, fathers – or both – are in the military.

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Environment
3:34 pm
Thu August 11, 2011

Perennially Producing Forest

WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence takes us to western Wisconsin when she visits Mark Shepard at his 106-acre perennial producing forest in Richland County. This weekend Shepard will travel to Milwaukee to teach the nuances of permaculture in an urban setting.

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Election
2:52 pm
Wed August 10, 2011

Darling Supporters Endure Long Night, but Keep Four Seats and Control

State Sen. Alberta Darling is flanked by Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (left) and state Sen. Leah Vukmir (right).

It was a long night for supporters of Republican state Sen. Alberta Darling. The incumbent survived her recall, defeating Democratic Rep. Sandy Pasch 54 to 46 percent. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson attended Darling’s victory party in Thiensville.

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Environment
3:31 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Emerald Ash Borer Proves a Challenging Foe

Gallery created by very hungery ash borer larva

We learn more about a new tool in the fight against the invasive emerald ash borer. Susan Bence is WUWM’s environmental reporter – she spoke with research intern Todd Johnson and Mary Holleback at the Riveredge Nature Center near Newburg, Wisconsin.

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Environment
3:15 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Restoring the KK River

We meet the organizations that are working tirelessly to restore the KK River.

WUWM’s Susan Bence talks with people working to restore the Kinnickinnic River. Bence is WUWM’s environmental reporter. The organizations working to repair and restore the Kinnickinnic River hope concrete removal will begin by 2013.

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Arts & Culture
2:57 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Mukwonago Waiting for Court to Decide Indian Logos Case

Mukwonago High School Principal Shawn McNulty stands near the sign on the lawn.

The subject of Indian school mascots will pop up again on Wednesday. The former Legislature approved a law requiring school districts to remove Indian logos, if they offend any residents. To keep the logo, the district must prove to the Department of Public Instruction that the name and caricature are not offensive. On Wednesday, a Waukesha County judge is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the mandate. Two Mukwonago residents are contesting it. They claim it’s vague and that the state violated their rights by not giving notice of a hearing. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson visited Mukwonago High School, which has been given more time to remove its Indians logo and nickname.

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Environment
3:10 pm
Sat July 9, 2011

Buzz Surrounds Beepods

Beepods co-founder Charlie Koenen shows off his "workers."

Advocates of living a green life, as well as making money doing it, are gathering this weekend at the Walworth County Fairgrounds, in Elkhorn Wisconsin. Organizers of EcoFair360 hope to lure attendees to workshops ranging from building an electric motorcycle to designing a green roof. A local businessman is “buzzing” out there to share his creation.

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Veterans
10:11 am
Wed July 6, 2011

Program Offers Guitar Lessons, Therapy for Military Veterans

Army veteran Mark Duran

Here in Milwaukee and in cities across the country, military veterans are on waiting lists for a type of therapy to treat war-related mental health problems. But they’re not waiting to see doctors or counselors at VA hospitals. These vets are lining up to take part in a growing program that uses music instruction and free guitars to soothe symptoms of trauma.

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