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Dominique Heaggan-Brown has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Sylville Smith.

The former Milwaukee police officer is accused of pursuing  Smith after a traffic stop in the Sherman Park neighborhood in August. Heaggan-Brown is African American, as was Smith.

If convicted, the former officer could face up to 60 years imprisonment.

Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm's decision to charge Heaggan-Brown was made public in court documents on Thursday.

Susan Bence

Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou’s has thrown herself into the middle of drinking water issues for years. This week, the Virginia Tech researcher shared her insight with a group of concerned citizens in Milwaukee.

Her involvement began in 2001 when Washington D.C. faced a massive water crisis. “This was the most severe lead in water crisis that our country had ever seen, and that’s the moment I decided I will never stop working on this issue until we solve it,” she says.

The Milwaukee County Board wants an outside investigation conducted, every time an inmate dies in a county facility.

The plan appears directed at Sheriff David Clarke, because of four people who’ve died in the County Jail since April. The board approved the plan by a 15 to 1 vote, and not everyone is satisfied.

For weeks now, some elected officials and members of the public have been calling on Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke to resign. One of them is Supervisor Supreme Moore Omukunde.

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You may have seen photos in the news of people fleeing the crumbling city of Aleppo, sometimes with nothing but the clothes on their backs. It’s a devastating sight for Syrian natives living in the Milwaukee area. They watch the humanitarian crisis intensify for people and places they know, as government troops close in on those who have been fighting the regime. And killings have continued, despite a ceasefire that was supposed to allow thousands of civilians to leave the war zone.

The results are in, but last month’s presidential election still leaves many questions unanswered, including what will happen with undocumented immigrants.

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If Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke does not resign, three Democrats from Milwaukee want Governor Walker to remove Clarke from office.

State Sen. Chris Larson and Reps. Christine Sinicki and Jonathan Brostoff call Clarke "a dangerous menace," citing four deaths that have occurred in the county jail in recent months, including of a newborn.

Rachel Morello

President-elect Donald Trump wasn’t the only divisive political figure to visit Wisconsin Tuesday night.

On the UW-Milwaukee campus, an outspoken member of the so-called “alt-right” movement drew heightened security presence, as supporters and protesters alike rallied for free speech.

Wisconsin imprisons a higher percentage of black men than any other state in the country – the statistics are well-known. What gets less attention is the number of people here, mainly men, whom the criminal justice system sends back to prison without convicting them of a new crime.

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Thousands of people braved the cold and stood in line for hours to get a glimpse of President-elect Donald Trump Tuesday night in West Allis. Trump held a rally at State Fair Park as part of his Thank You tour of battleground states. Trump talked about some recent events in his speech, including the Wisconsin recount.

Trump told the ecstatic crowd that it’s an honor to be back in Wisconsin and thanked supporters for electing him -- the first Republican president in the state since 1984.

Susan Bence

The next time a City of Milwaukee water line bursts outside your home, expect crews to replace the lead pipes on your property and give you a bill. The Common Council approved the measure Tuesday.

It requires homeowners replace the lead pipes that deliver city water to the property - if a rupture occurs in the system outside.

The goal is to start replacing 70,000 potentially dangerous lead service lines installed before 1951 to protect children from lead exposure.

Susan Bence

UPDATE: The Council approved the lead pipe ordinance with a vote 12 to 3 Tuesday morning, with one amendment. That being the Department of Public Works will be required to provide quarterly progress reports. 

Amendment author Alderman Russell Stamper says as service lines are replaced, he wants to know who is able to pay and who is not.

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Just six months into his term, Reserve Judge Robert Kinney has resigned from the new Wisconsin Ethics Commission, saying its rules require too much secrecy and almost completely shut out the public.

Kinney says the final straw for him occurred in October, when three members of the commission voted to strike from its mission statement the words, "furthering Wisconsin's tradition of clean and open government," although those words still appear on the panel's web site.

Marti Mikkelson

Update, Dec. 12 3:30 P.M.

The Wisconsin Election Commission has certified the state's recount of its presidential election and reports that Republican Donald Trump actually won the state with 131 more votes than the initial tally indicated. The recount also indicated that there were no major flaws that affected the Wisconsin count, although workers did have to toss or change hundreds of votes because of errors detected.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Four people have died in the Milwaukee County jail this year, including one infant who was born in a cell. Several dozen mothers, their young children and others advocating for a U.S. Department of Justice investigation took their message to Sheriff David Clarke’s office on Friday morning. They demanded Clarke’s immediate resignation.

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Updated December 8, 2:08 p.m.:

The UW Board of Regents voted Thursday to increase employee salaries, as well as bump up tuition for out-of-state students.

Both decisions come as deep state budget cuts continue to impact public universities across Wisconsin.

The move to increase tuition would add $2,000 to bills for out-of-state students. It would also affect some graduate students in programs like medicine and business.

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