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10:20 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Milwaukee Bucks Hire Jason Kidd As Coach

Jason Kidd, then coach of the Brooklyn Nets, looks on during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat.
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Lake Effect's sports contributor Howie Magner spoke with Mitch Teich on the sudden new leadership change with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Two future draft picks are making for a major change in course this week – yesterday the Bucks traded two second-round picks in years to come for Jason Kidd, the coach of the Brooklyn Nets until, well, until yesterday.

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Regional
1:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

New Wisconsin Law Requires Work for Food Stamps

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Thousands of Wisconsin residents, who get what many call food stamps, will now have to work if they want to keep the benefit.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Despite GOP Redistricting Advantage, Many State Legislative Seats Are Contested

Both political parties are staging huge get-out-the-vote efforts for the fall elections.

Wisconsin recently set its ballots for this fall’s elections. All 99 Assembly seats are up; so is half the state Senate.

When the Republican majority redrew the state’s political boundaries in 2011, it virtually assured GOP control of both chambers of the legislature.

The maps seemed to solidify districts as either Republican or Democrat, with few toss-ups. Yet, the parties don’t seem to be taking many races for granted.

Generally, JR Ross says, this should be a good year for Republicans. Ross is editor of wispolitics.com, and has viewed trends.

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Regional
12:20 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Local Groups React to Supreme Court Ruling in Hobby Lobby Contraception Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that some companies that object to birth control on religious grounds don’t have to pay for employees’ contraception.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Superintendent Departs at Critical Time for Milwaukee Public Schools

MPS has seen small gains in achievement under Superintendent Gregory Thornton, but the district still faces great challenges.

After four years on the job, Monday is officially Gregory Thornton’s last day as superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.

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Education
1:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

New MPS Leader Will Face Dire Financial Outlook

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A new report by the Public Policy Forum in Milwaukee details the district’s dire financial picture. Forum President Rob Henken says MPS faces flat revenues, but rising costs.

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Dining
5:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Cheese Stands Center, But Not Alone At 'Cheese Dinners'

A cheese dinner isn't just plates of cheeses, like the one pictured. Instead, it's a culinary experience in which cheese is incorporated into elegant dishes.
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Lake Effect cheese contributor Jeanette Hurt takes us to a cheese dinner in Milwaukee.

Wisconsin may be the land of cheese, but even local cheeseheads would likely draw a blank at the mention of a "cheese dinner."

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Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Wine for a Cause: Napa Valley Auction Could Offer Model for Community Fundraising

Wine contributor Ray Fister says Auction Napa Valley (pictured here) could offer a model for community fundraising.
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Wine blogger Ray Fister spoke with Stephanie Lecci about Auction Napa Valley.

$18.7 million is a lot to raise in a single auction – but it was the total raised earlier this month by the Napa Valley Vintners Association in its annual Auction Napa Valley.

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Books
1:21 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A Girl and Her Dog Take on Nazis in Milwaukee Author's New Middle Grade Novel

A girl and her dog learn to live in occupied Norway during WWII.
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Brehl joined Mitch Teich in the Lake Effect studio to tell the story of the book.

Milwaukee area writer Sandy Brehl’s new middle grade novel tells a coming-of-age tale set in occupied Norway at the start of World War II.

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Arts & Culture
12:55 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Milwaukee Public Museum President Returns Home

Wisconsin native Dennis Kois will take on his first assignment at a natural and culture museum as the new head of the Milwaukee Public Museum.
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Dennis Kois spoke with Bonnie North about his plans for the Milwaukee Public Museum as he takes over as President and CEO.

A new era has begun at the Milwaukee Public Museum, with Whitefish Bay native Dennis Kois as the institution's new President and CEO.

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