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Reggie Jackson -- America's Black Holocaust Museum

Milwaukee is one of the most segregated metro areas in America, according to the latest census figures. 90 percent of African-American households in the region live in Milwaukee. The numbers also point to huge economic disparities smothering African-Americans who live in the central city.

The Milwaukee metro area has a reputation as one of the most segregated in the United States. A number of studies support that reputation. Yet what's talked about less are the reasons the community is so divided, and the consequences.

Waukesha Sheriff Eric Severson told a U.S. Senate committee this week that the lion's share of controlled substances claiming lives in southeastern Wisconsin are sourced south of the U.S.-Mexico border and easily pass across it, particularly heroin. He also blamed the resulting drug trade for other crimes occurring in the region, including mobile drug operations and carjackings.

The City unveiled its website today before a crowd of Waukesha business and community leaders.
 

Water utility director Dan Duchniak says it is important to keep residents throughout the region informed as Waukesha proceeds with plans to draw drinking water from Lake Michigan.

“Not only Waukesha, but Franklin, Oak Creek, Muskego, New Berlin and Racine will be impacted by the project,” Duchniak says.

Construction has not yet begun.

Milwaukee County supervisors are not holding regular office hours the way they did in the past. A new state law took effect nearly a year ago; it cut supervisors’ salaries in half, eliminated their health care benefits and reduced their terms from four years to two. WUWM spoke with some board members about how they’re adjusting to part-time status.

Rachel Morello

Imagine someone hands you a bonus -- a few hundred extra dollars. How would you spend the money? That’s a question facing Wisconsin school districts.

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

The students at Fernwood Montessori, an MPS school in Bay View, already raise perch and grow vegetables, so to add composting seemed like a no brainer.

At lunchtime, the kids dutifully line up to toss their leftovers into the proper bin. Even the partitioned trays are biodegradable.

Justin Hegarty

The City of Milwaukee is piloting home compost pick-up and its proving to be very popular. The maximum number of sign-ups -- 500 households scattered throughout Bay View, the East Side, Harambee and Riverwest -- was reached in just eight days last September, and now there's a wait list.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke does not have to reveal anything about the prisoners he is detaining for federal immigration authorities, according to a ruling Friday by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. It sided with the sheriff in the legal battle.

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All MPS students will soon have to wear uniforms. The Milwaukee School Board approved a new district-wide dress code at its monthly meeting Thursday night.

Until now, MPS has left it up to each individual school how to structure its dress code. About one-third of the district’s schools currently require uniforms. A lot of those uniforms look similar, even though there hasn’t been one standard across MPS.

RAFAEL BEN-ARI, FOTOLIA

The bill Republican state Rep. Jesse Kremer says he will likely re-introduce would require Wisconsin public school students to use the bathrooms, locker rooms, etc. that correspond with their birth gender.

He made his statement on the same day President Trump rescinded federal guidelines from the Obama administration that encouraged public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that correlate with their gender identity.

Marti Mikkelson

Members of Milwaukee’s immigrant communities gathered at City Hall on Wednesday to denounce the Trump administration’s updated deportation strategy. He has ordered federal authorities to enforce immigration laws more aggressively, including deporting people arrested for minor offenses.

One person standing with unauthorized immigrants is Elana Kahn of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation. She says her relatives could have easily been subjected to an immigration crackdown nearly 100 years ago.

Rachel Morello

Concern over new federal immigration policies has spread to local school districts. 

Joshua Lott/ACLU

Update: In response to the ACLU lawsuit, the Milwaukee Police Department says it does not use a stop-and-frisk policy. MPD spokesman Timothy Gauerke emailed a statement to WUWM reading, "Traffic stops in high crime areas have been proven to reduce the number of non-fatal shootings, robberies and motor vehicle thefts."

Michelle Maternowski

Dozens of local people who long to hear civil political dialogue got to experience a bit of it Tuesday night.

WUWM and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel hosted a forum to discuss our polarized political climate – and how we might cross the divide.

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