Marge Pitrof

News Director

Marge has been with WUWM since it changed formats from music to news and information in the late 1980’s. Searching for a place where she could produce in-depth journalism, Marge was hired by WUWM as a reporter. For several years, Marge also hosted Morning Edition.

While a reporter, Marge was a frequent contributor to NPR and won numerous awards for her work.

Since fall of 2000, Marge has been managing the news department but still has the occasional opportunity to produce stories.

Prior to joining WUWM, Marge worked in commercial radio both as an afternoon news anchor and a field reporter. She also worked for short periods at a few TV stations.

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Steve Liszewski first noticed South Milwaukee's unique house numbering and street naming system when he was young and  his parents taught him how to travel the county by bus.

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UPDATE: Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke will appeal the case the Wisconsin Supreme Court, and in the meantime, appeals court says he does not have to release un-redacted ICE documents regarding certain inmates held in county detention facilities.

According to a statement Thursday from Clarke's office, he says the legal case has not yet ended. "It will now potentially be considered by the state’s highest court, and not by the illegal alien advocacy group Voces de la Frontera, which has no respect for our nation’s immigration law and sovereignty.”

The majority of Wisconsin's Conservation Congress recommends that the state change the way it selects its DNR secretary, repeal its new iron mining law and cease issuing permits for frac sand mining operations.

The WCC is the only state-recognized citizen advisory body to the Natural Resources Board, and as such, can pass-along opinions to state leaders. 

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On Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust agreed with the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local 1061 and United Steelworkers District 2. These unions sued the state after Gov. Walker signed right-to-work into law about a year ago.

Wisconsin's right-to-work law lets workers decide whether or not to pay union dues. The unions insist it unconstitutionally seizes union property by requiring unions to extend benefits to workers who don't pay dues. 

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A three-judge federal panel on Thursday refused to end a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's redistricting of state legislative boundaries. So the case, which could ripple nationally, will go to trial from May 24-27 in federal court in Madison.

State Republicans drew the boundaries in 2011, insisting it was the GOP's right and duty after winning control of state government. Democrat litigants insist Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered the lines to benefit the GOP.

If it seems to you that political tensions are always hot in Wisconsin, your grandparents might have thought the same thing.

Politics here have frequently been volatile and sometimes formative.

They range from the origins of the Republican Party to Progressive politics to Socialists running Milwaukee.

And residents have long split their votes along interesting lines.

Due to a server failure, citizens reported to the Government Accountability Board on Friday morning that they could not get a state photo ID needed for voting. The problem crippled the state computer network for a time, including within the Dept. of Transportation - it issues ID cards at its DMV offices. The same malfunction prevented election clerks across Wisconsin from accessing the state's voter registration system, so they could not issue absentee ballots and print poll books. According to the Dept. of Administration, the state computers were back online by midday.

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Shortly after GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump arrived in Janesville late Tuesday, he struck back at Gov. Walker, for endorsing fellow Republican Ted Cruz, earlier in the day.

Trump pulled out a piece of paper during a rally, listing negative statistics about Walker’s Wisconsin. He bowed out of the presidential race last year, not long after Trump entered it and began surging in the polls.

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The Republican presidential candidates have been campaigning in some smaller communities across Wisconsin. For instance, Ted Cruz traveled to Altoona, while John Kasich visited West Salem.

One of the first campaign appearances that Republicans Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are making in Wisconsin, is Janesville. The location makes sense to Tom Holbrook, Wilder Crane Professor of Government at UW-Milwaukee.

“Janesville is an interesting place. It’s a fairly conservative place. It’s sort of a formerly working class, Democratic area but really hard hit by the economic downtown and even longer term than just going back to 2008-2009. It’s an area where the auto industry used to play a much larger role, so there is a lot of economic distress there.

Rockwell Automation

Generations of Milwaukeeans have appreciated the iconic clock that sits atop Rockwell Automation on the city's south side. It was a gift to the community from one of the original owners of what was the Allen-Bradley Company.

What people may be less familiar with is what has gone on inside the firm that specializes in factory automation. It started 100-some years ago, when Lynde Bradley developed a motor controller into a company that has sold 400,000 discrete products. Today, the company engineers connected systems.

The infection has been linked to at least 18 deaths and 26 illnesses, in 11 Wisconsin counties - all in the southeast and south. The infection is now considered the largest of its type on record, caused by the bacterium Elizabethkingia. According to the state Dept. of Health Services, most people infected are over age 65 with serious, underlying health problems.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley says, via a written statement, she is "embarrassed at the content and tone" of what she wrote 24 years ago while in college.

The liberal group One Wisconsin Now got ahold of college newspaper columns and letters to the editor that Bradley wrote while enrolled at Marquette University in 1992.

Here are a few excerpts from what Bradley wrote:

Dept. of Corrections

A national advocacy campaign is calling on states to close all juvenile detention centers, starting with the oldest and "most notorious." High on the list is Lincoln Hills in northern Wisconsin.

Federal authorities are investigating reports that young people there have been abused and neglected.

The allegations don’t surprise Liz Ryan, CEO of Youth First. The group is urging communities to create local options for young offenders.

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The projected two winners of each Feb. 16, 2016 Primary, who will advance to the April 5 General Election.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Primary:
Rebecca Bradley (inc.)
Joanne Kloppenburg

Milwaukee County Executive Primary:
Chris Abele (inc.)
Christopher Larson

Milwaukee County Supervisor, District 11:
Patricia Najera
Dan Sebring

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