Foster Care
7:47 am
Mon October 22, 2012

State Aims to Fix 'Fragmented' Health Care System for Kids

The state, which runs the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, aims to improve health care for thousands of foster children in southeast Wisconsin.
Credit Erin Toner

The state of Wisconsin says it will soon roll out a new health care system for children in foster care. They often have far more serious medical and mental health needs than peers, yet people involved with the children say, too often, their needs are not met. In the first of a two-part series, WUWM’s Erin Toner reports on a big shortcoming of the current health care system for foster children – their medical records are scattered and incomplete. What the state plans to do to address the problem, is create for each child, a “medical home.”

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Arts & Culture
12:00 am
Sat October 20, 2012

Man's Search for Family History Depends on Unusual Clue

A unique rosary is one man's only link to his grandmother's past.
Credit Gianofer Fields

Contributor Gianofer Fields introduces us to a man searching for the history behind a family heirloom.

As a student of material culture, Lake Effect contributor Gianofer Fields examines the meanings behind objects - what they signify historically and to an individual. But what happens when the meaning of a treasured object is hidden and lost to time?

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5:14 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Marking Forty Years of the Clean Water Act

Karen Schapiro with Milwaukee Riverkeeper says work remains to accomplish goals set by the Clean Water Act 40 years ago.
Credit Susan Bence

Milwaukee Riverkeeper director Karen Schapiro talks about the ongoing impact of the Clean Water Act, 40 years after its passage.

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Economy & Business
5:13 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Why Does Milwaukee Have So Few Minority-Owned Businesses?

Gordon Nameni rents an office inside the Granville Business Development Center.

Over the past 15 years, the number of black and Hispanic businesses in Milwaukee has doubled. However, only 10,000 of the more than 112,000 companies in metro Milwaukee are minority-owned.

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Arts & Culture
2:56 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Behind the (Funny) Scenes With Hilary Price, a Writer Who Draws

Cartoonist Hilary Price.
Credit image courtesy of the author

Cartoonist Hilary Price talks with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich on the road in Kenosha.

The page of the country's newspapers can sometimes be rough - stories of crime and mayhem, contentious politics, and - depending your rooting interests - losing sports teams.  But fortunately, there are always the comics to fall back on, some literal comic relief in the midst of everything else.

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