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Tuesday's 10-3 vote would reduce the maximum fine from $500 to $50 for possessing 25 grams of marijuana or less in the City of Milwaukee.

Supporters of the reduction, including members of the African American Roundtable, say it will help address a racial injustice because blacks in Milwaukee are five times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite similar usage rates.

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There are many businesses that have almost everything they need to get off the ground – except for enough money.

But sometimes, it’s a relatively small amount that can mean the difference. Several groups in Milwaukee help facilitate microlending. 

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What does it take for people that don’t necessarily have the lived experience of gun violence to prioritize gun violence reduction?

This question was posed to State Assembly Representative Jonathan Brostoff and Milwaukee Alderman Ashanti Hamilton. They both grew up on the east side of Milwaukee. And, each had completely different experiences.

Alderman Hamilton and the city complied a list of resources and organizations working to reduce violence, you can find out more at PreciousLivesProject.org.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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Before the U.S. Supreme Court ends its session, it will rule on a case that could have a significant impact on health care in this country.

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