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Mitch Teich

The first shipment of rails for the Milwaukee streetcar has arrived.  The 80-foot sticks of rail are being delivered by truck and staged along St. Paul Avenue, west of the Milwaukee Intermodal Station.

According to signage from the City of Milwaukee, the U.S.-made rails will be welded together using a technique called "electric flash-butt welding" to create 320-foot long segments which will be placed into the ground.

Work to begin installing rails into the 2.1-mile Phase 1 route could begin within a few weeks, with opening of the route expected in late 2018.

Skylight Music Theatre

While most of us might be familiar with the Disney version of Beauty & the Beast, the opera of the same name is an entirely different spectacle. Based on the original, darker fairy tale, Skylight Music Theatre's staging of the 18th century light opera is a unique reimagining - featuring dance and larger than life puppetry.

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President Trump released a budget blueprint Thursday.

His proposed spending package for the country totals $1.15 trillion, and it slashes many domestic programs such as the EPA, in order to fund a significant increase in military spending. The plan's $54 billion boost for the U.S. military is the largest any president has proposed since Ronald Reagan, in the 1980's.

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This spring will see the return of pop-up restaurants in Milwaukee. While the dining phenomenon has been relatively dormant the past few years, Lake Effect food contributor Kyle Cherek says the area has seen a resurgence. 

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There’s a lot of talk coming out of Washington these days, about what will change under the new presidential administration -- immigration, health care and international trade, to name a few. 

But many smaller programs also face imminent change – including domestic projects that rely on federal funds.

Ashley Irvin

A hearing room spilled over with people at the State Capitol Wednesday with people clambering to talk about high capacity wells. The bill allows owners of existing high capacity wells to repair them, or in an emergency replace them, - with zero DNR review. 

And if you sell your property, the high capacity well comes with it - no permitting strings attached.

Statewide, more than 13,000 high capacity wells exist. Each one can extract more than 100,000 gallons of water per day.

Micaela Martin

In Milwaukee, college basketball fans have triple the reasons to watch this weekend's start of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Two Wisconsin teams are in the running – the Badgers and Marquette - plus Milwaukee is hosting an opening round, at the Bradley Center.

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A Senate committee held a public hearing Wednesday on a bill that would remove the work permit requirement for 16 and 17-year-olds in Wisconsin. Supporters of the plan say it would eliminate red tape, while opponents say they’re concerned about the teens’ safety.

Wisconsin restaurants have employed many 16 and 17-year-olds over the years, according to Ed Lump. He’s president of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association.

Flortentine Opera Company

Mozart’s Don Giovanni - the Don Juan story - is one of the great operas in the Western canon. Many music historians consider it to be one of the greatest operas of all time. Glorious music, an intricate plot and a very satisfying ending have attracted audiences since its premiere in 1787.

Joy Powers

The world is facing its worst refugee crisis in recorded history. Millions of people have been displaced by conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and other countries.

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Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, Republican politicians have vowed to repeal and replace the landmark legislation known to many as "Obamacare."

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Later today, the winners of the annual James Beard awards will be announced, honoring chefs around the country.  Three Milwaukee chefs are among the semifinalists for the Best Chef award for the Midwest: Justin Carlisle, Thomas Hauck and Karen Bell.

Andy Stenz

President Donald Trump wants to slash the federal workforce, according to the Washington Post. It reports that Trump is preparing to announce the biggest cuts in decades, believing the government employs too many people -- wasting taxpayers' money.

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When it comes to replacing the Affordable Care Act, a couple Wisconsin leaders from different parties have one thing in common. Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican Gov. Scott Walker both expect the GOP plan to continue to evolve before Congress votes on it.

Both of the elected officials commented on the measure Tuesday.

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It’s winter again in Milwaukee, three months after we got our first - and until now, only snowstorm this season.  This week's snowstorm was initially expected to bring three and eight inches of snow to the region, but it proved to be a lake effect snow and brought with it some prodigious snowfall totals.

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