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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The Wisconsin Senate voted along party lines to seat Michael M. Grebe on the UW Board of Regents for a seven-year term.

The board oversees Wisconsin’s university system. Governor Walker nominated Grebe and Republicans confirmed his appointment on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats unsuccessfully urged a 'no' vote, expressing concerns about Grebe's political links with Gov. Walker and statements Grebe has made.

Grebe's father headed the governor's campaigns and oversees the conservative Bradley Foundation.

Gus Ramirez wants to build a four-story school on 5th and Harrison, in Milwaukee's Walker's Point/Bay View neighborhoods. The school he envisions would educate children living in the area and would be either a charter or voucher school, in essence, an alternative to MPS.

On Monday, the City Plan Commission voted unanimously in favor of rezoning the land, so that it could accommodate a school. The recommendation now goes before a Common Council committee.

The governor summoned elected leaders to a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Madison, to jointly announce a plan under which taxpayers would put $250 million toward a new $500 million venue for the NBA team. The former and current owners of the Milwaukee Bucks have put $250 million on the table.

The rules would would ban abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks. If a medical emergency arises later, physicians must try to keep the fetus alive. Doctors would face criminal charges for violating the rules and could be sued both the woman and the father.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services approved the bill on a party line, 3-2 vote Thursday, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against. The item now moves to the full state Senate.

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Tuesday's 10-3 vote would reduce the maximum fine from $500 to $50 for possessing 25 grams of marijuana or less in the City of Milwaukee.

Supporters of the reduction, including members of the African American Roundtable, say it will help address a racial injustice because blacks in Milwaukee are five times more likely than whites to be arrested for marijuana possession, despite similar usage rates.

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The project would primarily target the 53206 zip code area. People with outstanding arrest warrants could surrender to authorities at faith-based locations. Groups would help guide those individuals in paying their debts to society, enabling them to shed outstanding issues and move forward with their lives.

A steering committee would decide which offenses are eligible and what the penalties would be for those individuals, if they surrender. MICAH estimates 50,000 people might qualify. They are wanted for such offenses as burglary, certain drug crimes and unpaid traffic fines.

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The pharmacy school is expected to open in mid-2017 or 2018, with a class of 60 students. According to the Medical College, Wisconsin needs to develop more highly-qualified pharmacists, particularly to serve in communities and medical fields experiencing shortages.

A national search has commenced to hire a dean to oversee the new school. As the project advances, it will bring aboard faculty and staff.

The cost of the start-up is estimated at $30 million. 

The bill would ban abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Proponents say, at that point, an unborn child may be capable of experiencing pain. Gov. Walker said Monday he would sign the ban into law, whether or not it includes exceptions for cases of rape or incest. The bill does not include exemptions.

When asked about the legislation during an appearance in Delavan, Walker called the proposed ban "rational and reasonable."

All Republicans on the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted in favor of the changes, all Democrats voted against them. The budget plan would cut funding for the University of Wisconsin System by $250 million over the next two years, rather than the $300 million Gov. Walker wanted.

The budget committee agreed with Walker to eliminate the state law protecting tenure or indefinite status for faculty. Instead, the appointed UW Board of Regents would determine who is granted tenure.

When a girl was stabbed 19 times in a Waukesha park last May, the suspects were 12 years old, so under state law, they head directly to adult court. The judge will decide whether they belong there or in juvenile court.

The girls told police they stabbed a classmate to please a fictitious character named Slender Man. The victim survived.

Wisconsin changed its juvenile code in the 1990s, lowering the age at which a defendant goes to adult court, from 18 to 17. Former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Janine Geske says attitudes had changed.

UPDATE: A photo of Willie Bedford has been found and confirmed. It means Wisconsin has obtained photographs of all its 1,161 soldiers who died in the Vietnam War.

Searchers had hoped to find all of them by Memorial Day, but Bedford remained particularly elusive. He attended high school in MPS, and perhaps the stumbling block was that his high school yearbook listed him as B. Bedford.

Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard and Rep. Joel Kleefisch invited city officials to an informational hearing on Wednesday, to explain a computer malfunction affecting the Milwaukee Police Department. The problem has resulted in several videotaped interrogations being inaccessible.

The two GOP legislators chair committees related to public safety and criminal justice, but Milwaukee Democrats accused the two of calling the hearing simply to slug the city politically.

Democrat Sen. Fred Risser kicked-off the meeting with a question.

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The owners of the property are selling it for $12.8 million, touting its location along the Menomonee River as a prime site for development.

The U.S. Postal Service has leased the building since 1970.

It includes one-million square feet of space and covers nine acres.

Next door, is the Milwaukee Intermodal Station, a transportation hub for rail and bus.

Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold, a Democrat, will run in 2016 for the seat he lost to Republican Sen. Ron Johnson.

He made the announcement via a video on his website.

Feingold served three terms, starting in 1993, before Johnson ousted him in a midterm election in 2010 by five percentage points. Most recently, the 62-year-old Feingold has been teaching at Stanford.

Wisconsin people receiving food benefits would have to spend at least 67 percent of them on healthy foods, while certain items would be banned, under a bill the Assembly approved Wednesday.

The prohibited items would include crab, lobster and shrimp.

The bill now moves to the state Senate, which did not consider a similar bill last session.

Any such changes to the FoodShare program in Wisconsin would have to be approved by the federal government - because it funds the program.  So far, the USDA has not given any state permission to impose such restrictions.

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