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Andrea Waxman

In spring 2013, the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service started an occasional series of stories about four graduating high school students who participated in a program that helps students from low-income families get into college and earn a degree. Four years later, they checked back to see how they are doing.

Leiko Napoli

For some people, jazz is life. Trumpeter Eric Jacobson is one of those people.

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Wisconsin is once again looking to lead in welfare reform. Assembly lawmakers on Wednesday took up a number of bills that would require people who receive public benefits to meet certain requirements.

Last month writer Doug Moe profiled Jim Santelle, former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, for Milwaukee Magazine.  The piece featured Santelle’s first extensive public comments in the nearly two years since he resigned from that position amid two internal investigations.

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When President Franklin Roosevelt debuted the Second New Deal plan in 1935, it was the peak of unemployment in the United States. One fourth of the country was out of work, and the president was tasked with creating new ways to aid his struggling nation.

The Second New Deal was even more ambitious and controversial than the first, and one of the standout initiatives was the creation of the Works Progress Administration, or WPA. The agency funded public works projects like building roads and bridges, but it also gave money to artists to create works for the public.

Michelle Maternowski

People who've wanted to open a strip club in downtown Milwaukee for years appear to have gotten their way. On Tuesday, the Common Council approved a license application after repeatedly rejecting the plan in the past.

For five years, a group of owners has tried to get the city's OK to open a strip club on Old World Third Street. The group even sued the city for blocking its plans.

Opponents have argued that a strip club isn't a good fit for the area. They've also criticized some people in the owners group, including one who's been in trouble with the law.

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Attack ads have already begun, even though Wisconsin’s election for U.S. Senate is more than a year away. Incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin faces re-election in late 2018. Many names have been mentioned as potential challengers, but so far, no Republicans have formally announced their intentions.

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We live in an increasingly automated world. What used to take many physical steps can often be taken care of by a click of a mouse or a swipe of a finger across a screen.

However, there are still many things that require human intervention. For now we still have to drive our cars - but for how long? Lake Effect auto contributor Mark Savage notes that the market is changing quicker than expected. A younger target audience, Savage says, view cars as an appliance. "It does what you want it to do, and now you shouldn't even have to drive it," he says.

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This week, schools in Milwaukee across the country are honoring their educators as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

LaToya Dennis

Summer is swiftly approaching, and in Milwaukee, warm weather typically means increased fear about violent crime. That being said, Milwaukee has deemed the month of May as violence prevention month. Community leaders are looking for ways to head off problems.

The corner of 27th and Atkinson is a busy intersection. Even at 8 a.m., there is a ton of vehicles passing through, and there’s also handful of men hanging in out in front of a corner store.

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Out of sight and out of mind is the typical dynamic when it comes to the pipes that bring us drinking water, or the system that takes storm and waste water out of our homes and neighborhoods.  But things change when there’s a crisis.

As books editor for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jim Higgins is well-known for his book reviews. However, his latest project has put him on the other side of that equation

Higgins' first book, Wisconsin Literary Luminaries: From Laura Ingalls to Ayad Akhtar, is a collection of essays about some of the state's most famous writers.

Mike Magione

Mike Mangione is a Milwaukee area musician and also the host and producer of the artist-to-artist interview podcast called Time and the Mystery.  Mangione appears every month on Lake Effect to discuss an interview he’s done with musicians, actors and other people of note.

Recently, he talked to a couple of longtime musical heroes of his - "the king and queen of Americana music," Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams.

As Congress moves forward with efforts to replace the Affordable Care Act, some people in Wisconsin are holding their breath. They're uncertain -- or fearful -- about what to expect next.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, however, appeared confident last week. He said Congress would end former President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

"There is a fundamental and urgent choice at the heart of this debate," Ryan said, as the Wisconsin Republican persuaded colleagues before Thursday's vote.

Martha Glowacki / Chazen Museum of Art

Martha Glowacki is a Wisconsin artist whose work brings together what might seem to be polar opposites: Science and Art. Glowacki explains in her artist's statement that her ideas for creative work come primarily from observing and analyzing the natural world.

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