Marti Mikkelson

News Reporter

Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. Previously, she was an anchor and reporter at WTMJ in Milwaukee, WIBA in Madison, and WLIP in Kenosha.

Marti’s work has been recognized by RTNDA, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, Associated Press, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Marti earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Marti currently lives on her favorite side of town – Milwaukee’s east side.

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There’s been continued speculation on who might challenge Gov. Scott Walker in 2018. Walker has indicated that if he will run for a third term, he’ll announce this summer.

Since the beginning of the year, a number of well-known Wisconsin Democrats decided not to run for governor in 2018 - dramatically thinning the field. They include Congressman Ron Kind and state Sen. Minority Leader Jennifer Schilling, along with former state Sen. Tim Cullen of Janesville. Cullen concluded he could not generate what he’d need to challenge a two-time incumbent.

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Wisconsin lawmakers on Tuesday took steps to rein in the state’s rising numbers of homeless people. The Republican-controlled Assembly passed several measures designed to connect more homeless people with permanent housing. The bills now go to the Senate. While the measures received bi-partisan support, some representatives don’t feel the bills go far enough.

The bills designed to get more homeless people into permanent housing range from putting eight different agencies under one roof to awarding one city $75,000 to secure jobs for people living on its streets.

Michelle Maternowski

Thousands of people taking part in an annual May Day rally in Milwaukee focused their attention Monday on Sheriff David Clarke. Several inmates have died while in his care at the Milwaukee County Jail. An inquest jury recommended late Monday that the district attorney file criminal charges against seven jail staffers. The sheriff was not targeted, but the deaths are not the only reason marchers are upset with Clarke.

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Since President Trump’s crackdown on unauthorized immigrants, we’ve been hearing more about sanctuary cities, counties and even school districts. Those are entities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration agents. Now, another location labels itself as a safe haven: Amilinda, a restaurant in downtown Milwaukee that specializes in Spanish and Portuguese food.

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President Trump is promising to solve a trade dispute with Canada that has left dozens of dairy farmers in Wisconsin scrambling to find new buyers for their product. Trump made his remarks during a visit Tuesday to Snap-On Tools in Kenosha.

“We’re also going to stand up for our dairy farmers in Wisconsin and I’ve been reading and talking about it for a long time, and that demands immediately, fair trade with all of our trading partners and that includes Canada,” Trump says.

Susan Bence

Wisconsin's manufacturing sector needs an influx of additional workers and more training for existing laborers, according to leaders here who hope to meet with President Trump when he visits Snap-on Tools in Kenosha on Tuesday.

The state once had a thriving manufacturing economy, according to Laura Dresser. The labor analyst at UW-Madison says the job numbers have dropped dramatically since the beginning of the millennium.

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Gov. Scott Walker has released the rules he wants to enact for thousands of people who take part in Wisconsin's BadgerCare Medicaid program. Walker wants to cap benefits for childless adults who won't work or take part in job training, and he wants to drug test participants. BadgerCare provides health care coverage for individuals living at or below the poverty line.

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Milwaukee has a number of neighborhoods that lack easy access to grocery stores. An end is in sight for one of these food deserts. Pete’s Fruit Market plans to open a store next month in Milwaukee's Bronzeville District.

Business is booming at Pete’s on the south side, and now the owners want to recreate the magic on North King Drive.

About three dozen agencies in 16 states are currently participating in a program in which federal agents train deputies to identify and detain people who may be in the U.S. illegally.

People convicted of assaulting police officers in Wisconsin could face additional jail time – if prosecutors prove the attack was motivated by hate. An Assembly committee held a public hearing on the issue Thursday, at the State Capitol. The hearing yielded compelling testimony.

Currently in Wisconsin, people face additional penalties if convicted of hate crimes based on race, religion, disability or sexual orientation. Republican state Rep. David Steffen wants to add police officers to the list. He says there’s been an alarming jump in incidents across the country.

People came armed with numbers to the hearing the Joint Finance committee conducted on Gov. Walker's proposed budget for the state for the next two years. And many wanted to testify about health care issues.

Carl Lock of Brookfield told the legislators that many Wisconsinites suffered when the governor, a few years ago, rejected federal money to allow people earning up 133% of the poverty line to take part in Medicaid programs. Instead, Walker moved all people living above poverty off the state’s low-income health care program, BadgerCare, and into the federal marketplace.

Wisconsin will be a stronger state if it works to improve the lives of every citizen – including its tribal members. That was the message the state’s 11 tribes delivered to the Legislature on Tuesday, with their annual address. 

Their concerns echo those of other citizens, yet hold their own challenges.

The number one concern Wisconsin’s 11 tribes brought before the Legislature on Tuesday is the health of the environment.

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Milwaukee Public Schools will serve as a sanctuary to protect students whose families may be in the country illegally from deportation or questioning on school grounds. The MPS Board approved the resolution Thursday night. It means staff won’t reveal, even if they know, the immigration status of students.

THE MILWAUKEE STREETCAR

It appears less likely that the Milwaukee County Transit System will operate the city’s new streetcar. The Common Council on Tuesday overwhelmingly said no to extending the deadline for bids.

Construction of the initial two-mile track through downtown Milwaukee is expected to begin next month. But the Common Council has not yet decided who will operate the streetcar.

One entity that’s interested is the Milwaukee County Transit System. It was hoping to win more time to submit a bid as the deadline is next Tuesday.

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It was an uphill fight for Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan on Thursday, as he tried in vain to must enough votes to pass a health care replacement bill.  The House Speaker canceled a vote on the measure and rescheduled it for Friday.  

In the meantime, President Trump says if the GOP health plan fails, he's ready to move on to other things.  

WUWM spoke with Christopher Murray, of Marquette University's Les Aspin Center for Government.

He says there's a lot riding on this for Ryan.

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