Economic development planners insist regions, not just cities, are becoming the leaders of the global marketplace, so southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois would be wise to capitalize on their proximity and combined strengths.
An international group specializing in regional economic development is going to examine the corridor along southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois and recommend ways we might strengthen our region globally.
According to a We Energies spokesman, the utility is in the early stages of determining whether its Valley Power Plant will be converted to natural gas burning from coal. Currently We Energies is carrying out a feasibility study, after which it must submit an application to the state’s Public Service Commission.
Susan Bence is WUWM's environmental reporter. She spoke Cleaner Valley Coaltion members Virginia Zerpa and Cheryl Nenn about the plan.
There’s been a significant increase in Milwaukee County in the number of young, African-American gay men infected with HIV. The state Division of Public Health puts the increase at 144 percent over eight years. On Monday, there was a daylong conference in town about ways of reducing infection rates among young, black men. WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson reports on efforts already underway to educate a demographic that can be difficult to reach.
The Civil War began 150 years ago yesterday. But that first battle – the siege on Fort Sumter - lasted 34 hours before Union troops surrendered 150 years ago today. We read a poem simply named “Sumter,” by Edmund Clarence Stedman. It’s read by our poetry contributor Ed Makowski.