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It used to be that if you needed a ride, and public transit was not an option, you called a cab. These days, there are a lot more players in the game—companies like Lyft and Uber.

On Tuesday, the Assembly will vote on proposed statewide regulations for transportation network companies. The rules would supersede local rules, perhaps enabling the industry to expand into more Wisconsin communities.

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Former Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton officially threw her hat into the ring Sunday. Marco Rubio, the Republican freshman senator from Florida, entered the presidential race Monday.

Gov. Walker continues to send strong signals that he’ll run for president, but his announcement may not come for several months.

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The UW Board of Regents began a two-day meeting in Waukesha on Thursday.

They heard from UW System President Ray Cross, who told regents he’s making progress in swaying legislators, on the next two-year state budget. Cross is working to convince lawmakers not to go ahead with Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal, to strip $300 million from the system in the next two years. Cross wants a smaller cut, in addition to greater autonomy for the system.

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This past Tuesday, Wisconsin voters approved a change in the state constitution. A day later, Wisconsin’s Chief Justice filed a lawsuit in federal court to halt the change, at least for now.

Then late on Thursday, a federal judge refused to block Wisconsin from enforcing its new amendment, while the legal battle proceeds. 

The amendment requires the state’s justices to select their chief judge every two years. For the past 126 years, the constitution assigned the job to the judge with the most seniority.

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The 52-year-old chairman of the BMO Harris Bradley Center Board died on Wednesday of a brain aneurysm, according to autopsy results released Thursday.

Marotta played basketball for Marquette University and, after graduating in 1984,  was drafted by the New York Knicks. Instead, he attended Harvard Law School and later returned to Milwaukee.

He served as former Gov. Jim Doyle's secretary of the Dept. of Administration.

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Since mid-February, four accidents in the U.S. and Canada have heightened concerns over transporting oil via rail. None have occurred in Milwaukee, but critics fear it’s just a matter of time. 

So the city’s Public Works Committee took up the issue on Wednesday.

City residents seemed to occupy most of the seats in the meeting room at City Hall, but Alderman Bob Baumann urged them to save their comments.

Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson has filed a federal lawsuit to ensure she's not immediately removed from her leadership position. 

She's named all six other members of the court and some state officials as defendants.

Abrahamson sued Wednesday, a day after voters approved a constitutional amendment that allows justices to select the court's leader.  For the past 126 years, the position has gone to the most senior member of the court.

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Milwaukee is buzzing about the proposed new arena for downtown. The Bucks, on Wednesday, finally unveiled their blueprint.

It calls for the creation of an arena and entertainment district. The cost: one-billion dollars. Some business owners seem excited.

If you sort through the details of the plan, you find an arena that seats 17,000 people, a public plaza that would serve as an entertainment venue and a state-of-the-art practice facility.

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Justice Ann Walsh Bradley handily won re-election Tuesday to another ten year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Bradley captured about 58 percent of the vote in defeating Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley.

In addition, voters approved a referendum that will allow members of the high court to choose its chief justice. Wisconsin’s judicial races are officially nonpartisan, but Bradley drew support from liberals while Daley courted conservatives.

Members of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition say they don't trust the American criminal justice system to defend black lives against racism and discriminatory policing.

Madison officer Matt Kenny shot and killed 19-year-old Tony Robinson, in early March. Callers had reported Robinson darting in traffic and assaulting a couple people. The officer eventually found him in a house; they struggled and Kenny fired the fatal shots.

The DA’s office continues to review the case, and prosecutors have also turned over the details to the Wisconsin Dept. of Justice. 

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