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The latest Marquette Law School Poll was released on Wednesday. It says Democrat Hillary Clinton has the support of 44 percent of likely voters. Republican Donald Trump, meanwhile, has the backing of 37 percent of likely voters.

Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate, had the backing of nine percent of likely voters, while Jill Stein of the Green Party captured three percent. Six percent of voters surveyed remain uncommitted.

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The residents of Haiti are coping with yet another unimaginable tragedy. In 2010, an earthquake shattered the island nation. Several days ago, Hurricane Matthew wiped out much of the recovery.

For years, St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hales Corners has been helping a small village in Haiti, located about 10 kilometers up the mountain from the city of Jeremie.

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According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Milwaukee Public School is no longer required to take part in OSPP, the state's Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program.

This comes after months of drama surrounding that initiative, and the resignation of the person who was supposed to head it in Milwaukee.

The state legislature created OSPP in 2015, as a way to turn around struggling school districts across the state. Any district that falls in the lowest category on a state report card, for two consecutive years, is required to participate.

The nation continues to watch developments in the race for president, stemming from Donald Trump's offensive comments about women caught on tape in 2005. The fallout has Wisconsin state lawmakers talking. They're pondering whether the controversy surrounding Trump will affect races for the Legislature here.

Wisconsin state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has backed fellow Republican Trump for months. At a WisPolitics.com luncheon on Tuesday, he was asked about Trump's boasts that as a celebrity, he could freely kiss and grope women.

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What does it mean to be an American? That’s the final question we’re posing to Milwaukeeans, as we wrap up our joint project with NPR called A Nation Engaged.

We stopped by the Islamic Resource Center on Milwaukee’s south side to ask members of the Muslim community what it means to them to be Americans.

Janan Najeeb is president of the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition. She came to Milwaukee from Palestine more than 40 years ago. Najeeb says being an American means equal treatment for everyone.

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Fun fact: Bob Woodward doesn't vote. 

The legendary investigative reporter, a veteran of the Washington Post where he played a role in uncovering the Watergate scandal, says his public duty lies elsewhere.

"I used to take my daughters into the voting booth and let them vote for me," Woodward says. "I don't want to spend time trying to think that out. I want to try to spend time, what can we learn about these people that we don't know?"

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This election year, WUWM and other public radio stations have collaborated with NPR on A Nation Engaged. The project has probed voters on how they feel about a variety of issues.

In our final installments this week, we ask Milwaukeeans what it means to them to be Americans, and what the next president could do to advance that vision. We collected these responses at a job fair for veterans in Milwaukee.

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Wisconsin still isn’t sure how the presidential race will play out here. But the candidates or their surrogates continue coming to campaign. A couple rallies over the weekend didn’t turn out exactly as planned.

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How would you answer the question: “What does it mean, to be an American?” NPR and member stations across the country have fanned-out this week, to ask people that question, with less than a month remaining until the November 8th election. In Milwaukee, WUWM’s Keio Horton visited the UWM campus to ask students for their perspectives on being Americans, and what they’d like, from the next president.

Several groups in Milwaukee are stepping forward to help low-income households with young children purchase water filters. It's all about helping reduce kids’ exposure to lead.

Mayor Barrett recommended, a few weeks ago, that people living in houses built before 1951 buy water filters. The reason – the pipes leading into those homes may contain lead, and lead exposure can cause serious developmental problems, especially in young children.

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With only a month to go before the presidential election, Wisconsin’s Voter ID law is back before the courts. U.S. District Judge James Peterson has ordered the state to show by Friday that it can quickly meet the needs of people seeking photo identification, so they can vote.

He was reacting to reports that a few DMV workers gave potential voters inaccurate information. If the state doesn’t address Peterson’s concerns, he could put Wisconsin’s Voter ID law on hold.

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Across the country, people are outraged over the death of black men at the hands of police officers. In Milwaukee, a couple cases have gotten a lot of coverage. Two years ago, when an officer shot and killed Dontre Hamilton in Red Arrow Park downtown, and in August, when a policeman fatally shot Sylville Smith in the Sherman Park neighborhood.

With just a month left until November 8, it’s almost impossible to avoid news about the U.S. presidential race. But middle schoolers on Milwaukee’s south side are focusing on their own campaigns in the race for student council.

It’s a Monday, after school. Twenty kids running for St. Anthony’s student council are gathered in a classroom to work on their campaigns.

Some are clacking away on laptops preparing speeches, others have gathered art supplies and big sheets of white paper to make campaign posters.

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Wednesday, the National Trust for Historic Preservation designated the Mitchell Park Domes an endangered historic place. Domes’ supporters hope the designation will galvanize community support around repairing the iconic structures.

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Milwaukee leaders continue to grapple with how to reduce crime. A Common Council committee began a series of public meetings this week on a proposed public safety plan. It relies heavily on beefing up law enforcement and imposing tough sentences to the dismay of people who favor a different tack.

The NAACP and others want Milwaukee to learn from an approach police in some other cities take.

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