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Susan Bence

Although the Great Lakes governors OK’d Waukesha’s application, a coalition of Great Lakes mayors hopes to stop it.

This week, those who belong to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative announced that they would challenge the Compact Council’s decision.

The term “precedent setting” has followed the Great Lakes Compact since its inception in 2008.

After years of negotiation, the Great Lakes governors agreed to protect the waters for future generations, particularly by banning diversions from the basin – except in rare situations.

    

Community leaders gathered in Milwaukee on Tuesday to criticize Gov. Walker’s job creation agency. They insist it has not done enough to fuel economic development in the Sherman Park neighborhood. Violence broke out there this month, after an officer fatally shot a man who police say was armed and fleeing a traffic stop. But, activists did not limit their criticism to just the state.

LaToya Dennis

Milwaukee leaders on Tuesday released a plan some believe will help curtail crime in the city.

Mt. Meru Coffee Project

How far would you go to get a good cup of coffee? Would you drive down the street? Would you go across town? How about jetting off to Tanzania?

The organizers of the Mt. Meru Coffee Project believe it's worth the trip. Of course, they're not buying their coffee one cup at a time. They're working with farmers in the country to ensure they receive a fair price for their labor. And they think the results are as refreshing as the drink that ends up in their customers' mugs.

tesla.com

For a long time, electric vehicles were neither practical nor especially affordable. To add insult to injury, you also couldn’t go very far in them before you needed an often hard to find charging station.

But Tesla’s newest Model 3 is the first mass produced electric car. It will also be the company’s most affordable car to date with a list price starting at $35,000. And the distance you can go between charges has improved to 215 miles.

Jabril Faraj

Since Saturday night, Sherman Park has been roiled by protests that have, at times, turned violent in the wake of the police killing of Sylville K. Smith, a 23-year-old black man.

Residents have expressed pain over these events but many who were present in the area following the shooting said they understand why people are angry.

Mike De Sisti | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee zip code 53206 comes with a lot of labels: mass incarceration, poverty, violence.

Underneath those labels there’s a lot of pain, but there’s also a lot of love. Kimberley Zulkowski love her community.

"Love will make you a master at many things quickly," she says. "I love my community and I love the people in it."

She is from 53206 and says it’s hard to shake the labels. Kimberley's seen many people she knows leave in caskets.

And when homicides picked up in 2015, her connection grew deeper.

Rachel Morello

Applying to college can be a daunting process.

Applications, essays and financial aid forms add up to plenty of paperwork. And then, there’s the wait. All told, it can take several months – and plenty of stress – before a student finds out if they’ve been accepted.

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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced on Monday that it would keep its abortion clinic in Appleton closed. The reason for this, the organization says, is domestic terrorism. While some abortion opponents denounce threats of violence, they’re glad the clinic won’t reopen.

There are two abortion providers in the state - Planned Parenthood and Affiliated Medical Services, which only operates in Milwaukee.

Courtesy of Colectivo

Colectivo, formally known as Alterra Roasting Company, has been brewing coffee in Milwaukee since 1993. But it turns out they're pretty good bakers too.

The company has been making all the scratch-baked goodies you see at their cafes since 1999. Today, the Troubador Bakery, housed in Colectivo’s Bay View location, is the source of all the scones, muffins, cookies, breads you see in all of their locations.

The decision to allow Waukesha to divert Lake Michigan water does meet the rigorous standards of the Great Lakes Compact and therefore sets 'a very bad precedent,' according to the Cities Initiative. It is launching a legal challenge, in addition to asking President Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau and the International Joint Commission to stop the diversion.

Neither of the two video recordings will be released publicly until after Milwaukee prosecutors decide whether to charge the officer involved, according to Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.

Schimel's office is reviewing the incident, to help determine whether police acted appropriately. An officer shot and killed 23-year-old Sylville Smith on August 13, which led to riots in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood. City leaders said afterward that Smith was fleeing a traffic stop, armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

Jarob Ortiz

A job of a lifetime began today for 33-year-old Jarob Ortiz, a coveted position he never imagined would be his. He has become the official photographer of the National Park Service, and during its centennial year.

"Each one of those interviews I spent about 7 days leading up to those things studying about 6 hours a night, just making sure I would be as good as I possibly could,” Ortiz says.

Shana Davis

A Shorewood couple spent part of August volunteering at a refugee camp in Greece, and sharing their story – and the stories of the refugees -- with everyone back home, day by day, on social media.

It's become known as a "volunteer vacation." People plan trips to far away places around volunteer opportunities. Shana and Todd Davis did just that. They planned a summer trip to Greece around the opportunity to serve at a refugee camp. Shana began documenting their trip as soon as they arrived.

Teens and young adults share their fears after rioting in their Sherman Park nieghborhood.
Bonnie Petrie

Parklawn Assembly of God Church in Sherman Park welcomed the neighborhood's young people into the Sanctuary on Friday night to share their thoughts, fears, and concerns about the recent rioting in that neighborhood. Bishop Walter Harvey says Friday's Listening Session -- facilitated by Urban Underground -- is the first in what will be a series of opportunities to learn from the community,.

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