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Under a Republican bill generating emotional testimony Wednesday in Madison, the state of Wisconsin would apply for federal Title X funding and direct it away from Planned Parenthood. Title X covers the cost of reproductive health care for low-income people, including contraception and treatment for sexually-transmitted diseases.

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It's been a deadly summer in some Milwaukee neighborhoods. Now, state lawmakers are considering increasing penalties for certain gun crimes.

A proposal would create mandatory minimum sentences for felons who possess firearms. Currently, judges have discretion over the length of such sentences.

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A year after officially launching, the Milwaukee bike share company, Bublr Bikes, has big plans for the future. The company’s distinctive blue bicycles can be rented at 11 locations now, but the company plans on having 50 locations by the end of 2016 and around 100 locations by 2018.

"It's been very exciting," says Bublr Bikes Executive Director Kevin Hardman. "A year ago, I was the only employee of the organization, and we now have two other full-time staff and an additional nine part-time staff."

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At age 15, Tyrone Williams was the youngest person in Wisconsin waived into adult court for a robbery case. He rapped at his sentencing in 1997. He wrote lyrics about his life ­hoping for leniency. He was sentenced to 33 years and served 16 and a half.

This was before truth and sentencing, when long sentences were given with the expectation that individuals would be paroled. He got out two years ago at age 31. And for the first time in his life, he’s out of survival mode.

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Even though school has already started in some places, the beginning of September is the time most of us remember as the traditional start of the new school year. And many of us remember one particular teacher who made us excited to return.

For Lake Effect essayist Alexandra Rosas, it was Miss Quill, her second grade teacher, who always comes to mind each September. Rosas says she was one of the great ones - a teacher who went beyond her job description:

English is not my first language, Spanish is.

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Classes begin Tuesday for many children across Milwaukee, including in MPS. Some students will find brand new teachers greeting them. MPS and other schools nationwide have been facing a teacher shortage.

Hundreds retired here after the state passed Act 10, kicking out most public union rights. One way MPS and other schools have been filling vacancies is to employ young people from the Teach for America program. More than 100 have signed up to teach this year in Milwaukee.

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It's no secret that we live in the age of digital images. If you have a smart phone, you can search for an apartment or find true-ish love - perhaps both all by looking at an image. While the technology is new, people have used the content of images to create narratives since the first cave paintings.

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Monday the city of Milwaukee will begin the formal process of considering financing for a new Bucks arena. Earlier this summer, the state agreed to its share of the $500 million project. But most of the public funding - $250 million before interest, would come from local sources – Milwaukee County, the City Center District and the city. The impacts remain in dispute.

Gov. Walker signed the state share of the arena into law a few weeks back.

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It’s almost here! Ex Fabula Season 7 is just weeks away. We hope you’ve all enjoyed adventuresome, story-worthy summers because we want to see many new storytellers throughout this lucky seventh season! Our first Slam of the season will take us back to Garfield’s 502 on September 17th for a variety of stories on the theme “Come Clean.” This is your chance to air some dirty laundry or maybe cleanse your conscious. Not quite ready for the audience? Fret not.

Last week, while on the campaign trail, Gov. Walker was quoted as saying there are only a "handful of reasonable, moderate followers of Islam who don't share the radical beliefs" of Islamic terrorists.

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