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Alex Groth

It's summer and yet a group of girls have opted to spend time in classroom and labs in Milwaukee, to study engineering.

Statistically, some of them will face challenges in becoming engineers, but right now, members of this group are determined. 

One of the girls is Claire Kasier, an incoming freshman at Hamilton High School in Sussex. She says this environment is different than engineering classes at school. It's quieter.

"I think it's pretty cool, because in my tech class there were only five girls out of a class of 26," she says.

Marge Pitrof

The downtown Milwaukee River bustles these summer days with boaters and kayakers and cruises, while people on shore sit at the cafes. It would have been difficult to imagine a few decades ago, when the river was still largely an industrial dumping ground, but things started to change when the city developed the Riverwalk. It now spans miles. Yet one small part of the dream has not taken hold - the creation of river taxis. Signs are posted, but no taxis.

Milwaukee’s infant mortality rate continues to be a problem. While the city has brought the numbers down, several more babies have died in just the past few weeks. On Tuesday, community members gathered to discuss how to move forward. 

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Dozens of Milwaukee leaders and residents gathered at The Wisconsin Black Historical Society on Monday evening to discuss the most effective ways of reducing violence in the city. At the heart of the conversation was Problem-Oriented Policing, a theory that stresses best practices for getting to the heart of crimes while creating viable neighborhoods. Law enforcement experts tout the strategy while community leaders insist more is needed to improve many residents' quality of life.

Maayan Silver

At the intersection of 47th and Burleigh in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood, the Kosher Meat Klub and My Barbershop exist side-by-side. Their coexistence reflects a larger respect between the African Americans and Orthodox Jews living in the area.    

Susan Bence

If you drive around downtown Milwaukee, or will for Summerfest, you may find all the torn up streets frustrating. Much of the construction is due to the city’s new streetcar. 

The project is in full swing, with workers laying tracks along some sections of the two mile route. It’s expected to begin operating in late 2018. We asked a few people what all the orange barrels mean to them, today.

Maayan Silver

Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood has attracted its share of attention during the past year. Much of it negative. But, some point to Sherman Park as a success story, it’s one of the most diverse in a metro area considered one of the most segregated in the country.

LaToya Dennis

A federal judge told Wisconsin on Friday that the way it treats incarcerated youth is unconstitutional. Of particular concern is the use of pepper spray, handcuffs and shackles – as well as solitary confinement. 

The ACLU of Wisconsin took the matter to court. The judge ordered the group and the state to submit a plan, in two weeks, to change practices. The Lincoln Hill School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls have been at the center of major investigations, over the treatment of youth.

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Across the country and in Wisconsin, the number of youth being held in state run detention facilities is on the decline, according to a study released by Youth First and Urban Institute.

Between 2005 and 2014, the average daily population at Wisconsin run juvenile correction facilities fell by 52 percent. While the numbers are improving, African American youth are disproportionately impacted, making up 70 percent of the population in Wisconsin’s juvenile detention centers.

Marti Mikkelson

Former Milwaukee Police Officer Dominque Heaggan-Brown heard the words “not guilty” in court on Wednesday as did the family of Sylville Smith. A jury decided the former officer should not be criminally responsible for fatally shooting of Smith last summer, a killing that sparked two nights of violence in the Sherman Park neighborhood. The jury deliberated for ten hours over two days, and after Judge Jeffrey Conen announced the verdict, Smith's family members sobbed.

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Cries of disapproval filled the courtroom on Wednesday afternoon, after a Milwaukee jury found former police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown not guilty of reckless homicide. He shot and killed 23-year-old Sylville Smith following a foot chase last summer, igniting two days of violence in the city's Sherman Park neighborhood.

Update, June 20:

It appears Wisconsin will become the 28th state to begin using electronic poll books. The Wisconsin Elections Commission on Tuesday voted to have its staff develop the software and offer it to municipalities. A spokesman earlier told WUWM that the state's paper poll books and decentralized voting system likely made Wisconsin elections less appealing to Russian hackers.

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The political maps the state's Republican lawmakers drew in 2011 are headed to the nation's highest court. The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will consider Wisconsin's redistricting lawsuit.

At the heart of the legal challenge is whether the new Assembly boundaries that Republicans shaped create districts that are too partisan. Democrats accuse republicans of gerrymandering -- drawing the lines in such a manner that makes it nearly impossible for Democrats to win.

Rachel Morello

School is no longer in session – but families are encouraged to come to a special lesson in Milwaukee Monday night.

Leaders from the state Department of Public Instruction will be in town to talk about how they plan to implement a new federal education law.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has decided to consider the issue of partisan redistricting that has arisen in Wisconsin. Republican legislators redrew the state's political boundaries in 2011, in a manner that Democrats argue put Democratic voters at a disadvantage. GOP lawmakers defend the maps, as does state Attorney General Brad Schimel. Oral arguments are expected to take place after the high court convenes in October.

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