Ann-Elise Henzl

News Director

Ann-Elise Henzl became news director in September 2017.

Prior to her appointment, she worked in the WUWM Newsroom for more than 20 years. She served in a number of roles, including executive producer of the award-winning Project Milwaukee series, substitute news anchor for Morning Edition, and general assignment reporter.

Ann-Elise has been recognized for her work on numerous occasions, such as when she and a colleague shared the national Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (for best use of sound in a story).

Ann-Elise has English and Mass Communication degrees from UW-Milwaukee, and attended Marquette University for two years.

When she's not at work, she often can be found at one of the area's dog parks, with her pal, Peabody.

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THE MILWAUKEE STREETCAR

The CEO of Potawatomi Hotel & Casino joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett on Friday to announce a partnership between the city and the Forest County Potawatomi Community. The agreement calls for the Potawatomi to give $10 million to the city over the course of 12 years. The mayor's office says the money "will be used to offset operating costs and will include free rides for all for the first 12 months of the streetcar's operation."

Sheboygan County Circuit Judge Angela Sutkiewicz said Tuesday that Steven Avery should not get a new trial.

Avery was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Teresa Halbach, whose remains were discovered on Avery's property in Manitowoc County. Halbach was a photographer who took photos for a magazine that listed cars and trucks for sale. In October 2005, she was assigned to drive to Avery's home to take photos of a vehicle, where prosecutors say Avery tortured and killed her.

FOXCONN TWITTER

It's official: the Racine County community of Mount Pleasant will be home to Foxconn's huge LCD screen manufacturing plant. 

The company made the announcement Wednesday morning.

Mount Pleasant is a community of about 26,000. It's about 25 miles south of Milwaukee and 60 miles north of Chicago.

Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave says the plant will be a "turning point" for the county.

Michael Sears / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Morgan Geyser is pleading guilty in the "Slender Man" stabbing of a classmate, in a deal that will allow her to not be sentenced to prison. Instead, Geyser will be committed in a mental hospital.

The plea agreement was announced on Friday. Under the deal, doctors will evaluate Geyser, then advise a judge on how long they believe the teen should remain in treatment.

Geyser had been set to go on trial next month on attempted homicide charges. She previously pleaded not guilty by reason of mental disease.

WHITE HOUSE

One day after President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress announced a tax overhaul plan, Vice President Mike Pence is hitting the road to promote the proposal. Pence is making stops in Michigan and Wisconsin Thursday.

The vice president will appear with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at Weldall Manufacturing in Waukesha. They'll tour the facility, then Pence will talk to people from the business community, families and local officials about why GOP leaders are pushing the tax overhaul.

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The Wisconsin Elections Commission says Russians, who wanted to hack into the state voter registration database, appear to have mistakenly tried to get into state Department of Workforce Development records.

Last Friday, state elections officials said they were told by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that the hackers targeted Wisconsin's election system, as well as systems in 20 other states. DHS said the hacking attempt was not successful.

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FOXCONN TWITTER

This week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that creates a record-setting $3 billion incentives package for the Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. The electronics giant plans to build a huge factory that will make LCD screens. The company says it will employ 3,000 people at first, eventually creating up to 13,000 jobs. The plant's likely location will be in Racine County.

FOXCONN TWITTER

Governor Walker on Monday will sign legislation at Gateway Technical College in Sturtevant that provides around $3 billion in incentives to the Taiwanese company Foxconn. 

The company is expected to build a major manufacturing plant in Racine County. In its initial stages it is supposed to employ 3,000 people and could eventually ramp up to around 13,000.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

After a full day of deliberations, which lasted until late Friday night, a jury in Waukesha County found that Anissa Weier was mentally ill when she and a friend attacked another girl, leaving her to die in the woods. All three girls were 12 years old at the time of the stabbing, three years ago. The victim was able to find help, and survived.

Weier and Morgan Geyser said they planned the stabbing in order to please the internet horror character Slender Man. Attorneys for Weier argued that she believed Slender Man would harm her family if she did not attack her classmate.

OZAUKEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY/THE KUBALA WASHATKO ARCHITECTS

Wisconsin has a nickname. You've seen it on license plates: America's Dairyland. And in Milwaukee, you may have heard this moniker: Cream City.

It intrigues Bubbler Talk listener Anne Bromfield, who asked: "Why was Milwaukee once referred to as Cream City?" The answer might surprise you. It has nothing to do with the dairy industry.

Kenosha state Rep. Peter Barca announced Thursday that he will give up his post as the Democratic minority leader of the Assembly.

In a statement, Barca said:

This afternoon I made the very difficult decision to step down as leader of the Assembly Democrats following deliberate, thoughtful discussions. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support over the last seven years.

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Update, September 5:

According to New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush, David Clarke is joining a pro-Trump PAC. Thrush shared the information on Twitter Tuesday.

Youth Council Members Reflect On Milwaukee's Housing Marches

Sep 1, 2017
Courtesy of The Milwaukee Journal

The concerted push for open housing in Milwaukee began 50 years ago this week. Demonstrators marched for 200 consecutive days, trying to convince the Common Council to pass a fair housing ordinance.  The NAACP Youth Council played a major role in the movement. Journalism students at Marquette University interviewed a number of them this year, and shared their stories with WUWM.

DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Wendy Peterson has served as superintendent of Lincoln Hills & Copper Lake Schools since April of last year. Next week, she'll begin working as the facility's education director.

Peterson asked officials at the state Department of Corrections for the transfer. She said serving as superintendent at the youth prison near Irma, WI was keeping her from her family.

The facility's deputy superintendent will take over for Peterson, while a search is underway for a permanent replacement.

Peterson's predecessor was Wayne Olson, who held the job for four months.

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Should Wisconsin be the only state making a major investment in the proposed Foxconn factory? Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson asked that question on Tuesday at a Rotary Club appearance in Milwaukee.

The Republican businessman says the huge plant in far southeastern Wisconsin likely would provide jobs for many Illinois residents. As a result, Johnson suggested that perhaps Illinois should share the burden that Gov. Scott Walker wants Wisconsin to take on in order to ensure Foxconn build its plant here.

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