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The project would primarily target the 53206 zip code area. People with outstanding arrest warrants could surrender to authorities at faith-based locations. Groups would help guide those individuals in paying their debts to society, enabling them to shed outstanding issues and move forward with their lives.

A steering committee would decide which offenses are eligible and what the penalties would be for those individuals, if they surrender. MICAH estimates 50,000 people might qualify. They are wanted for such offenses as burglary, certain drug crimes and unpaid traffic fines.

The pharmacy school is expected to open in mid-2017 or 2018, with a class of 60 students. According to the Medical College, Wisconsin needs to develop more highly-qualified pharmacists, particularly to serve in communities and medical fields experiencing shortages.

A national search has commenced to hire a dean to oversee the new school. As the project advances, it will bring aboard faculty and staff.

The cost of the start-up is estimated at $30 million. 

The bill would ban abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Proponents say, at that point, an unborn child may be capable of experiencing pain. Gov. Walker said Monday he would sign the ban into law, whether or not it includes exceptions for cases of rape or incest. The bill does not include exemptions.

When asked about the legislation during an appearance in Delavan, Walker called the proposed ban "rational and reasonable."

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There is a plethora of empty storefront space in Milwaukee and business leaders see potential in it.

The Burleigh Street Community Development Corporation and the nearby Fondy / North Economic Development Corporation are each trying to convince prospective business owners that their respective neighborhoods are ideal locations to open up shop.

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Professional musician Robert Cohen spends much of his time performing in various concert venues.

For this month's On That Note segment, Lake Effect wondered what it’s like for a professional musician to go to a concert - not to perform - but to listen to others make music.

"He speaks music. Music is a language, and he speaks it so eloquently and so poetically and beautifully. It's constantly telling me something," says Cohen of one of his idols, Pablo Casals.

Essay: Buying Time

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The City Guide June issue of Milwaukee Magazine is out today with a special emphasis on summer.  This issue also features essays from three Milwaukee writers, each taking on the theme of summer innocence.

You can read those essays in the pages of the magazine – but this month, you’ll also be able to hear them on Lake Effect starting with writer and Marquette University professor  C.J. Hribal:

Ex Fabula: We Got This

May 30, 2015
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As a non-profit whose mission it is to strengthen the bonds of community through the art of storytelling, Ex Fabula couldn’t wait to celebrate with the Franklin Heights community for the fourth annual Heal the Hood Block Party.

When a girl was stabbed 19 times in a Waukesha park last May, the suspects were 12 years old, so under state law, they head directly to adult court. The judge will decide whether they belong there or in juvenile court.

The girls told police they stabbed a classmate to please a fictitious character named Slender Man. The victim survived.

Wisconsin changed its juvenile code in the 1990s, lowering the age at which a defendant goes to adult court, from 18 to 17. Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske says attitudes had changed.

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Members of a Milwaukee Common Council committee took up a proposal Thursday that could reduce the penalties for first-time offenses for possession of small amounts of marijuana. Advocates say reforms are needed to address disparities in how marijuana laws are enforced and their impact on offenders.

"When you look at the percentage of the population that is African-American versus the percentage of offenders who are actually being picked up by police in Milwaukee and prosecuted, there is a disparity there," says Public Policy Forum president Rob Henken.

United Performing Arts Fund

Every year since 1981, the streets of Milwaukee and southeastern Wisconsin have been flooded with bicycles for the annual United Performing Arts Fund Ride for the Arts. The routes offer both recreational and avid bike riders a chance to see Milwaukee all while supporting the arts.

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