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Steamy heat is expected to dominate the Wisconsin State Fair’s closing days, so the DNR park at the southwest corner of the grounds might get more visitors than usual.

DNR outreach coordinator Trisha Nitschke says 120,000 people wander through its shady lanes every year. 

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Thousands of golfing enthusiasts from across the country are descending on southeastern Wisconsin for the PGA Championship. 

It got underway Thursday at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan County. Much of the tourism money benefits Milwaukee’s economy.

A steady stream of golfers was playing a quick round at the Brown Deer Golf Course in Milwaukee before heading to the tournament. Bob Wendell is loading his golf clubs onto a cart at Milwaukee’s Brown Deer Golf Course.

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Until a short time ago, the empty lot at 14th and North Avenue was an eye sore, and for years and years before, attracted dumping and troublesome activity.

Now named Sunshine Park, the parcel is dotted with dozens of freshly-planted bushes and fruit trees adjust to their new surroundings. 

Limestone pavers slice a path for walkers. Soon crews will add benches and a grill.

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A novel approach to crime reduction has been making the rounds at Milwaukee's street festivals. It’s a tiny enclosure, called Cell on Wheels.

Teenagers have been climbing into it to get a feel for what it would be like to spend time behind bars.

At the 11th Street block party on Milwaukee’s north side, you see the typical sights: neighbors grilling brats, kids in a bounce house. Not far away is something you don’t expect; a tiny jail cell built inside a trailer.

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The family of Tony Robinson, Jr. has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Madison. Robinson is the biracial 19-year-old who was killed by Officer Matt Kenny in March. Robinson was not armed.

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Gov. Scott Walker stopped at State Fair Park Wednesday morning. The purpose of his visit was to sign into law the state’s funding package to help pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The plan commits $80 million in state funding to the roughly $400 million dollar project. The deal calls for contributions from the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County, as well. The lion’s share of the taxpayers’ responsibility will come through bonds the Wisconsin Center District issues. The Bucks current and former owners are contributing a combined $250 million.

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The fallout continues from undercover videos that showed a California Planned Parenthood employee discussing the sale of fetal tissue. In Madison on Tuesday, state lawmakers held a hearing on legislation that would ban the sale and use of aborted fetal tissue across the state. 

The issue touches on the emotions of both pro-choice and pro-life advocates.

GOP Rep. Andre Jacque authored the bill. It mentions Planned Parenthood numerous times -- although Jacque admits he has no knowledge of the organization selling fetal tissue in Wisconsin.

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The Urban Connections program isn’t new. It’s been providing city kids with a taste – that the Forest Service results in a passion for the natural world, even in a world that’s mostly paved.

But Milwaukee is unique among its fellow urban connections’ cities of Boston, Detroit and the Twin Cities. It’s the only place the Forest Service dispatches teams of interns to work with kids of all ages in the summer.

Places like Tiefenthaler Park, northwest of downtown Milwaukee.

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A judge in Waukesha says two girls accused of trying to kill a classmate to impress the online horror character Slender Man will remain in adult court.

Morgan Geyser and Anissa Weier were 12 years old in May of 2014 when they allegedly lured their 12 year old friend into the woods and stabbed her 19 times. The victim survived.

The suspects were charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide at the time of the incident, automatically placing them in adult court under state law.

The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors has released its July report on home sales for the four-county area, which includes Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.

The report says 2,199 homes were sold in July, a 12.1 percent increase over July of 2014. Last month was the six month of positive sales, and the fifth month of double-digit sales.

The association says “buyers are out in force,” while sellers “are pricing their homes correctly,” resulting in a balanced market, in which neither the buyer nor the seller dictates a home’s price.

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