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Project Milwaukee
3:33 pm
Mon June 6, 2011

Project Milwaukee: International Group to Study our Economic Region

An international group specializing in regional economic development is going to examine the corridor along southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois and recommend ways we might strengthen our region globally.

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Environment
2:51 pm
Fri May 20, 2011

Analyzing WE Energies' Natural Gas Plan

WE Energies is trying to see if it can convert its Valley Power Plant from coal to natural gas; environmental advocates weigh in.

According to a We Energies spokesman, the utility is in the early stages of determining whether its Valley Power Plant will be converted to natural gas burning from coal. Currently We Energies is carrying out a feasibility study, after which it must submit an application to the state’s Public Service Commission.

Susan Bence is WUWM's environmental reporter. She spoke Cleaner Valley Coaltion members Virginia Zerpa and Cheryl Nenn about the plan.

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Health & Science
3:10 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Community Reaches Out to Young Black Men at Risk for HIV

At Diverse and Resilient, Gary Hollander writes down ideas.

There’s been a significant increase in Milwaukee County in the number of young, African-American gay men infected with HIV. The state Division of Public Health puts the increase at 144 percent over eight years. On Monday, there was a daylong conference in town about ways of reducing infection rates among young, black men. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports on efforts already underway to educate a demographic that can be difficult to reach.

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Civil War
10:33 am
Fri May 13, 2011

Recalling the Siege of Fort Sumter

Poet Edmund Clarence Stedman, 1897

The Civil War began 150 years ago yesterday. But that first battle – the siege on Fort Sumter - lasted 34 hours before Union troops surrendered 150 years ago today. We read a poem simply named “Sumter,” by Edmund Clarence Stedman. It’s read by our poetry contributor Ed Makowski.

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Economy & Business
3:21 pm
Wed May 11, 2011

For Some Eateries, Third Time May be the Charm

A barista (right) serves an appetizer at Ryan Braun's Graffito.

Despite the sluggish economy, there’s been a slight uptick in restaurant ownership in Milwaukee. The health department reports 1,461 eateries: that’s 26 more than last year and on par with the number before the recession hit. At least one establishment in the Third Ward, south of downtown, appears to be bouncing back. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson found that some of the ‘new’ establishments are actually recycled restaurants. Entrepreneurs have moved in, believing they possess the formula for success.

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