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The Dontre Hamilton case is back in the news, even though it's been three years since he passed away. Common Council members are considering a settlement with Hamilton's family. Hamilton was the mentally ill man shot by a Milwaukee police officer after a struggle in Red Arrow Park.

Yet Hamilton’s family members have also become outspoken in matters related to police use of force. For instance, Dontre's mother Maria has organized marches seeking answers for families such as hers, who have lost loved ones in police shootings.

While President Trump embarks on a nine day trip overseas, trouble continues to brew at home. On Monday, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn indicated he would not cooperate with at least one investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. Flynn’s attorney cited the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. We asked a few people in downtown Milwaukee what they think of the unfolding saga.

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True Swiss-style cheese that is made in Wisconsin may seem unlikely. While the Dairy State has produced quality cheese for over a century, mastering Swiss-style cheese-making requires near-perfect conditions. Fresh off a trip to Schuman's Cheeses near northern Wisconsin’s Turtle Lake, Jeanette Hurt found that Wisconsin cheese makers are creating products similar to the highly sought-after Alpine cheeses of Switzerland.

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Tuesday night, an organization whose work is tied specifically toward civil discourse, honors the legacy of its namesake.  The Zeidler Legacy event highlights not just the power of facilitated dialogue, but Milwaukee's mayor who served from 1948 to 1960. Frank Zeidler was the last Socialist mayor of a major American city and spent much of his life after leaving office as a mediator of disputes. 

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School finance can be a tangled web.

The combination of federal, state and local funding formulas that play into classroom budgets is enough to make one's head spin. Nonetheless, the budgeting process is an annual task for school districts.

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Public and private schools may have to further compete against each other for students and families, if the Trump administration rolls out an anticipated new tax credit.

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Update, May 22: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who says the Dept. of Homeland Security plans to appoint him as an assistant secretary, is blasting reporter Andrew Kaczynski who claims Clarke plagiarized sections of his master's thesis on homeland security. The report that CNN carried over the weekend cites close to 50 instances in Clarke's 2013 thesis where it seems he failed to put quotation marks around statements he took almost verbatim from other sources.

Although Wisconsin’s 2018 elections are more than a year away, politicos are buzzing. Both Republicans and Democrats are gearing up for the races for governor and U.S. Senate. Incumbent Democrat Tammy Baldwin is expected to run again for the senate, while Republican Gov. Scott Walker will likely seek a third term. Both parties’ conventions this year are focusing on a similar theme: taking the campaigns to the grass roots level.

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Mother's Day was just last week, and we're continuing with the theme by sharing some of our own mom-centric stories. Our first comes from last December’s “Perfect Storm” StorySlam. What happens when your 91-year-old mother - the fiercest, most independent woman you know - has “the stroke,” yet hangs on because she’s determined to die at home? If you’re Magda Peck, you race against time, battling both your mother’s failing systems and the hospital’s endless red tape.

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Developments in Washington have been coming at a breakneck pace in recent weeks, from the firing of FBI director James Comey to the changing explanations for it, to allegations that President Trump shared classified intelligence with Russian diplomats, to the appointment of a Justice Department special counsel to continue the probe into Russian influence in US electoral politics.

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Romantic comedies geared towards general audiences can often be clean-cut, full of predictable plots, romantic and escapist.

Audrey Nowakowski

What sets a great hotel apart?  A comfortable mattress?  A clean room?  Maybe a spiffy bathrobe or a fine restaurant? But above all - memorable service.

The Milwaukee Hilton City Center hotel has a new staff member that will make even the fussiest guest… paws.

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WUWM's Bubbler Talk receives a lot questions from a lot of people about Milwaukee's streets. So, to end this season of Bubbler Talk, we found two 'road' scholars - historian Carl Baehr and OnMilwaukee's Bobby Tanzilo - to answer your questions in a lightning round.

Here we go:

Before jumping into the remnants, here's a bit of history on Milwaukee's Bridge War of 1845 - from John Gurda's book, The Making of Milwaukee:

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The Milwaukee Police Department should reconsider is pursuit policy, according to the majority of Common Council members. On Friday, the Public Safety Committee will discuss the issue – when should officers chase a car, and when should they let it go. Some lawmakers are concerned about a growing level of lawlessness on Milwaukee’s streets.

Sculpture Milwaukee

If you've been to downtown Milwaukee in the last week, you may have noticed curious shapes popping up along Wisconsin Ave. Workers are installing large sculptures, which will be on display for five months.

Local philanthropist Steve Marcus came up with the idea for the free, outdoor art gallery. He lobbied for it, for years. Marcus says people driving down the street are likely to take notice of the sculptures.

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