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11:32 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Poet Embraces the Mythology of the Midwest

Milwaukee poet Brittany Cavallaro
Credit courtesy of the author

"I remember being a child and driving down I-55," Milwaukee poet Brittany Cavallaro says, "and not being able to see anything out the window, except for these green stalks that were so thick that I couldn’t imagine what was on the other side of them.  It was almost like being in my very own fairy tale."

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Politics & Government
11:18 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Walker Budget Cuts State Parks Funding, Raises Fees

Amnicon Falls State Park in northern Wisconsin.
Credit Paul Weimer, Flickr

Wisconsin's state parks would become more self-sustaining, under Gov. Walker's proposed 2015-2017 budget.

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Precious Lives
10:54 am
Tue February 17, 2015

#006 Precious Lives: Virtually Mourning Darius Simmons

Pierre Johnson Facebook messages his friend Darius Simmons who was shot and killed in May 2012.
Credit Emily Forman

In May of 2012, 13-year-old Darius Simmons was shot outside of his house by his 76-year-old white neighbor.

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Politics & Government
9:55 am
Tue February 17, 2015

Voters Cast Ballots in Primary Elections Across Wisconsin

It's primary election day in Wisconsin
Credit flickr.com

UPDATE: Voters chose Duey Stroebel (GOP Senate #20), Eddie Cullen and Nicholas Hunt (Milw. Sup. #15), Paul Farrow and Thomas Schellinger (Waukesha Co. Exec.)

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Politics & Government
7:41 am
Tue February 17, 2015

People Opposed to Walker's Budget Protest Outside His Wauwatosa Home

Protestors gathered at Juneau Play Field in Milwaukee.
Credit LaToya Dennis

People upset over Governor Walker’s proposed budget cuts to education took to the streets Monday afternoon for a rally and march that ended in front of the governor’s home.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Tue February 17, 2015

What the Walker Budget Means for Wisconsin's K12 Schools

Gov. Walker's budget cuts funding for K12 public schools, and limits their ability to raise revenue.
Credit Whitney Curtis - Getty Images

Public school supporters swarmed the streets around Gov. Walker’s home in Wauwatosa Monday. The demonstrators are upset with his proposed budget, which would reduce K12 school aid by nearly $130 million next year.

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Regional
1:15 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

An Inside Look at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

The Chicago Auto Show gives consumers a preview of what is to come on the road in the near future.
Credit atramos / Flickr

Even though most large cities – including Milwaukee – have their own auto shows, two dates on the calendar standout for the automotive industry in this country.

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Politics & Government
11:47 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Why Did Gov. Walker Reject Plans For A Kenosha Casino?

A rendering of the proposed Menominee casino in Kenosha.
Credit WATG

UPDATE: The AP reports Governor Walker sent the Menominee Tribe a letter on Monday turning down the Kenosha casino / Bucks arena deal, stating that it was not part of the long negotiations over the proposed casino.

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Economy & Business
6:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Crowdfunding Site Helping to Fund Startups in Milwaukee

Melissa Tashijan started Compost Crusader last April. It picks up food waste and takes it to a compost location in Caledonia.
Credit Compost Crusader

Milwaukeeans looking to start a business now have another funding source.

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Politics & Government
1:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

New State Legislative Committee Tackles Public Assistance Fraud

A new committee designed to weed out benefits fraud will meet for the first time Tuesday at the State Capitol

    

Gov. Scott Walker wants Wisconsin to drug test people applying for public benefits. A positive test could designate a person for treatment.

The governor has tucked the plan into his proposed state budget. But, a legislative panel could discuss the proposal on Tuesday.

The Assembly’s new committee on public benefit reform will hold its first meeting. Leaders want to determine if significant numbers of people receiving public assistance are gaming the system.

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