Maayan Silver

News Reporter

Maayan Silver started as a reporter for WUWM News in March 2018. Before that, she spent two years as an assistant producer for WUWM's Lake Effect.

Maayan was previously a criminal defense attorney.

She loves listening to people's stories, learning about different cultures, music of all sorts, and dogs.

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Workers for Cedarburg-based Harrigan Solutions help keep the Harley Davidson plant in Menomonee Falls running. The company is a contractor that services the machines that create Harley parts. The Harrigan employees -- even the supervisors -- have something in common: They've all served time. Some had limited days in work release, others were imprisoned for decades. 

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U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson met with Wisconsin business executives Monday to discuss the impact of tariffs.

President Donald Trump imposed tariffs earlier this year because he said the United States was not getting a fair share with trading partners. In return, some countries have retaliated.

In a roundtable discussion in Milwaukee, dozens of representatives of manufacturing and agricultural operations told Johnson the tariffs have been a blow to their operations.

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Post-traumatic stress disorder affects hundreds of thousands of veterans nationwide. Many find ways to cope through counseling and support services, but some are finding volunteering to be a useful tool in further healing. 

William Sims knows this first-hand. He's a Vietnam combat veteran and says he had, what would now be classified as, PTSD symptoms when he returned from battle.

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This story originally aired September 8, 2017. According to TMJ4, At Random closed on May 19, 2018 and is up for sale.

Pink Squirrel, Grasshopper, Brandy Alexander, Banshee... Is there something uniquely Milwaukee about ice cream cocktails? 

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President Donald Trump continues to show his displeasure with Harley-Davidson. Last week, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle company announced it will move more production overseas in response to retaliatory tariffs from the European Union. Several days in a row, Trump posted tweets criticizing the company for its decision.

Trump said the company's customers aren't happy with its move, and said it could be the beginning of the end for Harley. Then this week, Trump tweeted that his administration may work with Harley-Davidson's competitors to bring production into the U.S.

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President Trump once again called out Harley-Davidson over the company's decision to move some production overseas.

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Getting your life on track after being convicted of a crime -- or multiple crimes -- can be a daunting task. Preshes Johnson, a single mom of three children, has bucked the odds. She was discharged from probation early on a felony drug conviction, and has succeeded in obtaining a degree and landing a job in industrial maintenance.

Preshes' story is one of persistence, and of people coming together to give support, but she has certainly been through a lot.

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Marquette University, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Northwestern Mutual are partnering to create the Northwestern Mutual Data Science Institute, a $35-40 million initiative.

The collaboration aims to help Milwaukee to become "a national hub for technology, research, business, and talent development."

Northwestern Mutual will provide classroom space in its Cream City Labs, an new innovation lab that is currently under construction. The lab will be housed within the company's downtown Milwaukee campus.

The birds aren’t the only thing you’ll hear these days at the local organization We Got This' community garden.

There’s the sound of the jackhammer from construction across the street, as the group builds an expanded gathering center and fruit orchard.

One motto of We Got This is “Putting the Neighbor Back in the Hood.”

It's a non-profit focusing on community building in a predominantly African-American neighborhood. One of its initiatives invites youth to work on its community garden on 9th and Ring.

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In the next few years, riders can expect big changes to the county's bus system. The Milwaukee County Transit System is conducting the first comprehensive evaluation of its services in at least 40 years.

That's because the transit landscape is a lot different than it was 40 years ago. 

As Brendan Conway, spokesman for the Milwaukee County Transit System, says: "we have rideshares, and bike shares, and people walk and there are more livable cities, but yet our transit system hasn’t kept up with the times."

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Legal experts and regular citizens alike are awaiting the United States Supreme Court decision in a landmark redistricting case.

In Gill v. Whitfordplaintiffs argued that Republican legislators shaped Wisconsin's political boundaries in a way that was discriminatory to Democrats. 

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The Fire and Police Commission is mandating that the Milwaukee Police Department conduct an audit of the Sterling Brown incident.

Brown is the Milwaukee Bucks rookie who officers tased and arrested last January after finding his car parked across two handicapped spots at a Walgreens on the south side.

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The University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents is set to approve a new budget that would increase student fees for the 2018-2019 school year, as well as the cost of room and board. This comes at a time when the UW System has been dealing with both a tuition freeze, and cuts in state funding.

The UW Board of Regents' spending plan calls for raising student fees at four-year schools an average of $33 per student. Room and board would increase an average of $118 per year.

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With all this talk about the "Blue Wave," and Democratic victories in special elections lately -- in Wisconsin and other states, Democrats are gearing up for big fights in November.

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The Milwaukee School Board unanimously voted to approve a $1.2 billion budget for the next school year on Tuesday night.

Despite heated debates at previous board meetings, the vote took place without much controversy or conflict.

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