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Newly released police body camera footage reveals more about what officers said and did, in their scuffle with NBA player Sterling Brown in Milwaukee. Brown was tased and arrested early on a January morning, but he was not charged with a crime.

Almost two weeks ago, the Milwaukee Police Department released the highly anticipated video footage of the altercation between several officers and the Milwaukee Bucks rookie. Police confronted Brown, after noticing his car parked across two handicapped spaces at a Walgreens on the city’s south side.

Maayan Silver

With all this talk about the "Blue Wave," and Democratic victories in special elections lately -- in Wisconsin and other states, Democrats are gearing up for big fights in November.

Susan Bence

UPDATE: The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) said during a press conference Friday it found no surprises in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services report. FLAC spokesperson Robert Miranda added,  "Nothing new came out of ciy hall either....We've know that these families have not been treated, have not been provided the services that the state paid for, but yet we have not received any word from city hall or the health department stating what they have tried to do to find these families and help these families."

If you’ve been driving in Door County or the Green Bay area recently, you may have noticed a lot of yard signs. It’s because voters are gearing up to cast ballots later this month in a special election for state Senate, after Republican Frank Lasee resigned in December for a job in Gov. Walker’s administration.

Walker tried to delay the election, but a court ordered him to schedule it promptly, after a group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder sued.  The race pits Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere against Democrat Caleb Frostman of Sturgeon Bay.

Next week, voters will head to the polls to cast ballots in special elections for two vacant legislative seats – one in Lodi, and one in De Pere. The contests will fill the posts of lawmakers who resigned last December, in order to join Gov. Walker’s administration.

Maayan Silver

The Milwaukee School Board unanimously voted to approve a $1.2 billion budget for the next school year on Tuesday night.

Despite heated debates at previous board meetings, the vote took place without much controversy or conflict.

Susan Bence

If you don’t spend much time along the Milwaukee River, you might be surprised to know that more and more of its most urban stretch – from Silver Spring Drive in Glendale downstream to the former North Avenue Dam site is becoming more natural.

Tonight people can weigh in on the Milwaukee River Greenway’s progress and future.

Maayan Silver

Memorial Day is more than just a day off of work. 

Veterans living at the non-profit Vets Place Central on 33rd and Wells spoke about what the holiday means to them.

Marti Mikkelson

Several dozen people gathered in downtown Milwaukee Thursday night to say "enough is enough" to gun violence and mass shootings in schools across the country.  The demonstrators called for changes in the law, both at the state and federal levels. 

WUWM"s Marti Mikkelson collected comments from teachers and others at the event.  Among those who spoke include Mitch Pincus of Fox Point, Kathy Sincere of Brookfield, along with a woman name Elena, Dean Muller and Del Harris -- all of Milwaukee.

It may be rare for people seriously affected by substance abuse to get a chance to start over. However, Milwaukee County’s Family Drug Treatment Court is helping families do just that – and has been for several years.

Drug court, veterans court, mental health court… these are just a few examples of the types of specialty, or problem-solving courts, that seek to address specific problems in the justice system on an individual level.

Susan Bence

This Sunday, May 20, is the first World Bee Day, and also is World Migratory Bird Day. A couple of groups in the Milwaukee area that are concerned about the health of bees and birds will use the day to shine a light on their importance.

On December 17, 2017 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously declared May 20 World Bee Day:

Maayan Silver

Getting out of prison and facing the world can be tough. Community, religious and government organizations try to fill in the gaps by offering help with job training and housing, or transportation and mental health counseling. But still, some people fall through the cracks.

Maayan Silver

Everyone has an inner artist.  

That's if you ask those working with Express Yourself Milwaukee, an organization that has been bringing arts to low-income and at-risk kids for the past 15 years.

Historic Photo Collection / Milwaukee Public Library

The devastating fire that destroyed Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church got us thinking about the many historic churches that call Milwaukee home -- from the Basilica of St. Josaphat on the city's south side to Old Saint Mary downtown.

What role did these churches play in the lives of early Milwaukeeans? How have these 100-year-old buildings withstood the test of time? What can these structures tell us about the city's history?

Maayan Silver

Hundreds of people lined up hours before the doors opened to enter IKEA's new store in Oak Creek Wednesday morning. There was a DJ, a band, and door prizes.

WUWM's Maayan Silver was there too. She wanted to know what drew customers to the store's grand opening and how IKEA might impact the local retail scene.

Here's what people in line had to say:

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