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It appears less likely that the Milwaukee County Transit System will operate the city’s new streetcar. The Common Council on Tuesday overwhelmingly said no, to extending the deadline for bids.

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Lake Effect has invited some notable authors for younger readers in the studio in the recent past, from national names like Kwame Alexander, to local authors such as Sandy Brehl and Deanna Singh.

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The vote of the Republican-controlled Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform split 3-2 along party lines.  The committee chair opted for a paper ballot vote, rather than convening face-to-face.

Earlier this month a large crowd gathered for a public hearing, which stretched  from morning into the evening. Tuesday's vote advances the bill to the full Senate, which is likely to take it up next week.

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Many famous stage musicals, like Funny Girl, Rent and West Side Story, have been adapted for the screen. But Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella made the opposite journey. The musical version of the classic children’s tale was written for TV in 1957, and starred Julie Andrews in the title role. It wasn't until 2013 that the R&H Cinderella made its Broadway debut.

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State lawmakers will have their first official chance to weigh in on Gov. Walker's 2017-2019 spending plan on Tuesday, when the Joint Finance committee kicks-off a series of budget briefings.

JR Ross, editor WisPolitics.com, says he expects several areas of contention between the governor and Legislature, even among fellow Republicans. Ross predicts the biggest fights will be over Gov. Walker's plans for transportation, self-insurance for state employees and education funding.

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Every day, thousands of people depend on Milwaukee’s bus system.  Despite dozens of bus lines, there are many existing jobs that workers just can’t reach easily without a car.

The Milwaukee District Attorney has charged three young men with the fatal shooting of city inspector Greg Zyskiewicz.  He was killed last Wednesday near North 23rd and Cherry Streets, during an attempted car-jacking -- shot while sitting in his vehicle between property inspections.

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Life has moved along a bit since the 1980s, but certain concepts from that time still remain fresh. In 1989, urban sociologist Ray Oldenburg wrote The Great, Good Place. The book highlights local spots that are not considered work or home, but somewhere to informally gather and socialize. Cafes, coffee shops, bookstores, bars and barbershops are all considered "third places" where community, civic engagement and civil discourse is encouraged.

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One of the startups selected for this year's The Water Council's BREW Accelerator program was on display last week outside the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District headquarters.

Menomonee River water was being sucked up into the CORNCOB demonstration model – picture a water heater tipped on its side. A gleaming metal barrel connected to pipes and valves is being monitored by a sophisticated computer system.

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Think back to the challenges you faced as a teenager -- things like homework, hormones, peer pressure. These days, more teens than ever before have another concern tacked onto that list: addiction.

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Depending on which article you come across, only ten to thirty percent of the population is left hand dominant. Google left hand and mental illness, and you'll find research papers exploring the connection with being left hand dominant and psychotic disorders. Look to language, and you'll run across "left-handed compliments, two left feet, and sometimes things just go left."

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The secret is out!  Monday night, March 27th, join us for an Ex Fabula that is “Out of this World.” While our Secret Fabula events are usually members-only, we’re inviting everyone to a night under the stars. The evening includes light snacks, planetarium show, community building and fantastic stories from both planetarium staff and Ex Fabula guests alike.

This week we have two entertaining stories from women looking for new adventures - adventures full of interesting experiences and hilarious outcomes.

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The City of Milwaukee has dozens of neighborhoods. Each with its own distinct name. And if you’re like Glenda Puhek, you may have wondered how those names came to be.

Glenda was born in the city and currently lives in Riverwest - a neighborhood name she thoroughly understands. It is, after all, west of the river. When revisiting some of the Milwaukee neighborhood posters created by the city in '80s, she started wondering about who decided what should be included on them? Who really defines Milwaukee's neighborhoods?

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Authorities are still investigating whether an Israeli teenager was responsible for several bomb threats made against the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay in recent weeks.

The teen was arrested in connection with dozens of terror threats against other JCCs in the United States. A former journalist was charged with still more threats several weeks ago.

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Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood is something of a mecca for people in creative fields.  And so it only makes sense that it would be the headquarters to an artists’ collective which strives to engage the community at-large in areas like films, non-traditional exhibits, workshops and other events.

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