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1:00 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Early Voting Begins in Wisconsin, With New Limits on Hours

Milwaukee Election Commissioner Neil Albrecht tests a ballot machine in preparation for the August primary.
Credit Marti Mikkelson

Early voting begins Monday in city clerks’ offices across Wisconsin. Voters who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day will be able to cast ballots during the two weeks prior to the Aug. 12 primary.

It’s the first election since Republicans who control the state legislature put limits on the process.

Under the changes, in-person absentee voting can only be conducted during the two business weeks prior to an election. Voting is limited to 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Friday, with no weekend hours allowed.

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Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Walker: Border Children Could Drain The Entire System

Gov. Walker voiced concerns Friday about unaccompanied children crossing the Mexican border and seeking refuge here.
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Gov. Scott Walker says he's not entirely opposed to Wisconsin providing temporary shelter for unaccompanied children crossing into the U. S. on the Mexican border, but housing them could eventually "drain the entire system."

Walker spoke Friday following a campaign stop in Deerfield.  He says he's concerned about the risks children face in traveling many miles to the U. S. and the cost of dealing with them once they're here.

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Regional
4:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Sets Date For Wisconsin Gay Marriage Arguments

A federal appeals court in Chicago will hear arguments in Wisconsin's same-sex marriage case.

Lawyers will argue the constitutionality of Wisconsin's same sex marriage ban next month.  The 7th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals Friday rescheduled arguments to hear both Wisconsin's and Indiana's appeals for Aug. 26. 

Federal judges overturned each state's gay marriage ban in separate rulings.  When both states appealed, the 7th Circuit combined the cases.

The court also denied requests that the states' appeals be heard before the full 10-member court instead of a three-judge pael, as is customary.

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Arts & Culture
4:33 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Br(OK)en Genius: Healing Milwaukee Through Art

(l-r) Montréal Cain, CM Perceptions, Nigel Wade
Credit Rachel Owens

Christopher McIntyre Perceptions, the creator Br(OK)en Genius, writes in his project’s manifesto:

“As a 24 year old young black male, I technically have less than one year to beat or become a part of the 'dead or in jail' statistic….Only when what is broken comes to light can the broken heal.” 

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Education
2:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

St. Charles' RePurpose says 'YES!' to Milwaukee Youth

St. Charles' RePurpose gives Milwaukee youth a chance to prove themselves.
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Helping youth get that critical experience is at the heart of the mission of the Youth Employment Services, or YES, program. It’s run by the Milwaukee nonprofit St. Charles Youth and Family Services, Inc., a social service agency that serves at-risk youth and their families.

Last year, St. Charles’ opened RePurpose, a non-profit resale shop in Sherman Park, to serve as a training ground for these young people to learn on-the-job work skills.

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Economy & Business
12:36 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

How Low-Income Parents' Decisions Influence their Children's Future

Children of different backgrounds and situations have different futures ahead. A major factor in their futures are found in their parents' decisions.
Credit Gustavo Verissimo, flickr

    

We all know that children who grow up in disadvantaged homes face unique challenges to their well-being and their chances for success later in life. But growing up in low-income circumstances isn’t a blanket predictor of a child’s future; some may do well, some may struggle.

But are there factors that could predict a child’s future situation? Do children of a particular demographic fare better than those of another in the long run? How much depends on a child’s ability to grow and make his own future, and how much is out of his control?

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Regional
10:11 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Northern Wisconsin Native Writes of Biking, Relationships, and Bumps in the Road

Author Brian Benson in Milwaukee before his Boswell Book Company appearance.

His first book under his belt, Brian Benson  is completing the last stretch of a Minnesota, Wisconsin,  Illinois  book tour – by bike.

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Regional
6:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Summer Camp Aims to Help Children Impacted by Gun Violence in Milwaukee

Camp attendee practices praise dance for Project Ujima talent show.
Credit Aaron Heffernan

For thousands of kids in Milwaukee, violence is a constant threat.

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Regional
5:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Feds Place 50 'Border' Children in Wisconsin; GOP Lawmakers Object

Detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility, on June 18, 2014, in Brownsville,Texas. Brownsville and Nogales, Ariz. have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.
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The Office of Refugee Resettlement reports placing 50 children, who arrived at the southern border without parents, at undisclosed locations in Wisconsin.

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Politics & Government
5:19 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Ryan Rolls Out Poverty Plan, Critics Skeptical

There was mixed reaction Thursday to Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan's anti-poverty plan
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Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan unveiled a huge anti-poverty agenda Thursday.

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