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Milwaukee residents may soon notice some provocative billboards around the city. They’re part of a new campaign designed to raise awareness about human trafficking of young children and teenagers.

While law enforcement would not give exact numbers, they say there’s been an increase in cases across Milwaukee and the state. Community leaders gathered on Thursday to discuss the problem.

Claire Moseley

Each year, the National Trust for Historic Preservation identifies endangered, historic buildings. In 2011, the Trust placed an entire group of buildings in Milwaukee on that list.

Although they remain standing, their future remains uncertain.

The buildings are located in the National Soldiers Home Historic District, which rests on the grounds of the Zablocki VA Medical Center on Milwaukee’s west side.

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As the fiscal year comes to a close, one of the biggest questions that remains is the fate of transportation funding.

Currently, the Wisconsin legislature has significant work to do with Governor Walker's proposed biennial budget, which plans to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to pay for various highway projects. However, one program that this new budget affects especially are Wisconsin's transit programs. 

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Willie G., as he's known throughout the Harley-Davidson world, is a legend when it comes to motorcycle design.

He's also been painting with watercolors for over 50 years.  The Harley-Davidson Museum will highlight the work of Willie G. Davidson for their special summer exhibit, opening on Saturday, June 13.

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After the Violent Femmes released their first single in 15 years in March of this year, the band embarked on a long U.S. tour which will bring them to the BMO Harris Pavilion on Saturday, June 13. 

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A longtime Milwaukee clergyman will be laid to rest today.  Lake Effect essayist Mark Siegrist says he was a man worth knowing, regardless of your faith tradition:

The Jesuits lost a good man the other day, a model priest, and patriot.

94-year old Father Larry Jonas passed away last Friday after making quite a presence in this world.

In fact that was one of his titles at Gesu Parish where he served as longtime associate pastor – The Minister of Presence. And boy was he good at it.

Rachel Maidl

As conversation continues about a proposed new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a grassroots group would like the owners to invest $30 million in the city's struggling neighborhoods in exchange for public funding for a basketball venue. 

Under the deal leaders have crafted, the public could contribute $250 million for a new arena.

Members of Common Ground made their case at City Hall on Wednesday. Several, including Jennifer O'Hear, objected to the fact that the public has been excluded from all talks so far.

Claire Moseley

As Milwaukee area’s schools prepare to wrap up classes, students of all ages are thinking about their summer plans. 

But the end of the school year marks the end of a long period away from home for students at one institution. The Wisconsin International Academy itself isn’t a school – rather it’s the home away from home for dozens of high school age students from China, who are attending schools in the Milwaukee area.

The academy occupies a former motel along Bluemound Road in the western reaches of Wauwatosa.

The Wisconsin Senate voted along party lines to seat Michael M. Grebe on the UW Board of Regents for a seven-year term.

The board oversees Wisconsin’s university system. Governor Walker nominated Grebe and Republicans confirmed his appointment on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats unsuccessfully urged a 'no' vote, expressing concerns about Grebe's political links with Gov. Walker and statements Grebe has made.

Grebe's father headed the governor's campaigns and oversees the conservative Bradley Foundation.

Marti Mikkelson

Despite the improved economy, local manufacturers still struggle to find skilled workers. Some company leaders have even been visiting high schools to encourage young people to consider a career in the skilled trades.

One new high school grad who did not need coaxing to head into the skilled trades is Gary Large. He grew up on a farm in Port Washington.

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