Micaela Martin

WUWM News Intern

WUWM News intern Micaela Martin is a senior pursuing a double major in Journalism and Digital Arts and Culture at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Previously, she was a morning show intern at 103.7 KISS FM. Micaela is excited to bring her classroom reporting and editing experience into a professional atmosphere.

When she’s not at WUWM, Micaela loves to work on her art and practice her graphic design skills.

Rachel Owens

Update:

After WUWM’s story about the flame atop the Wisconsin Gas Light building aired, Sue Riordan emailed Bubbler Talk to share how original version the flame poem actually ended.

(For those curious, the final stanza of the original poem was: “When the flame’s in agitation, expect precipitation” and was later changed to “When there’s a flickering flame, expect snow or rain.”)

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Wisconsin's prevailing wage has long set minimum salaries for workers on public projects. The last state budget ended the requirement for local government projects, now a couple legislators want to eliminate prevailing wages for state construction work.

During a state Senate committee hearing on the issue Monday, the pivot point seemed to move between concern for middle-class skilled workers and for taxpayers.

Micaela Martin

In Wisconsin, the gender wage gap is 22 cents per dollar, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. This adds up. American women are losing up to $1.5 million over the course of their lifetimes. A program at UWM is hoping to make wages more equal by teaching future graduates how to negotiate with employers.

Micaela Martin

If you've never noticed those gray utility boxes sitting on many downtown Milwaukee blocks, you will later this summer.  The local business improvement district has asked several local artists to submit designs for turning the boxes into three-dimensional works of art.

Beth Weirick, Milwaukee Downtown CEO, says as part of 2017 being "the year of Wisconsin Avenue," property owners suggested it do something creative with the boxes.

Micaela Martin

In Milwaukee, college basketball fans have triple the reasons to watch this weekend's start of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Two Wisconsin teams are in the running – the Badgers and Marquette - plus Milwaukee is hosting an opening round, at the Bradley Center.

Micaela Martin

UWM students Sydney Lee and Dwayne Lee – not related, are both black and grew up on Milwaukee’s North Side.

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The Midnight Basketball Leagues will aim to attract young men ages 17 to 25 to offer them a healthy activity and a safe place to gather. During league sessions, the young men will also be able to connect with community resources such as help with recovering a driver's license or finding employment, and they will be able to interact with police, who will offer mentoring opportunities.

A young man did not arrive this week, as expected, at Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan because of President Trump’s temporary immigration freeze on seven nations.

"This morning (Monday), we were supposed to greet a young, single man. A 24-year-old man from Sudan, who was actually on an expedited case because of the fact that he was a victim of cruelty and torture. So he was turned back,” says spokesperson Kristi Strode.

Strode says other plans may also change at the agency, in coming days.