WUWM News

Tracey Dent

Vigils in Milwaukee for young people who've been shot and killed seem to have become commonplace.

Wednesday night, community members staged another. Bullets have struck five teens since just last weekend; two died.

The majority of Wisconsin's Conservation Congress recommends that the state change the way it selects its DNR secretary, repeal its new iron mining law and cease issuing permits for frac sand mining operations.

The WCC is the only state-recognized citizen advisory body to the Natural Resources Board, and as such, can pass-along opinions to state leaders. 

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It’s not often that someone builds a brand new school in Milwaukee. But it’s going to happen soon on the south side. St. Augustine Preparatory Academy will open on 5th Avenue, west of Interstate 94,  in summer of 2017.

When Waukesha businessman Gus Ramirez looked at Milwaukee’s educational landscape, he saw a need for better schools.

“About half of the Milwaukee students in all sectors – public, charter and choice – are going to awful schools. Not just bad, but awful schools,” Ramirez reflects. “We’re one of the worst in the country.”

Marti Mikkelson

Campuses across the UW System are implanting massive cuts. Each university released documents this week outlining its plans. The cuts are in response to the $250 million cut Republicans made to the UW System in the state’s two-year budget.

Students are hearing that they may face larger class sizes, fewer course offerings and a longer time to complete a degree.

Milwaukee Rep

If you attended the last mainstage production at the Milwaukee Rep, you may have been surprised at the end. When the play concluded, the Rep hosted tough conversations with audience members about the subject matter.

For decades, audience members have been able to chat with the Rep's cast before or after some performances. But now the team is breaking new ground, according to director of community engagement, Leda Hoffman.

"Milwaukee Rep is embarking on a new mission to really use the plays on our stage to provoke the conversations Milwaukee needs to have," Hoffman says.

Milwaukee County Transit System

There's talk of creating a new transit option in Milwaukee - buses that could rapidly move people between downtown and the regional medical center in Wauwatosa.

The proposal is known as BRT, or Bus Rapid Transit. Tuesday evening from 5 to 7 pm at O’Donnell Park, the public is invited to view the plan and comment.

LaToya Dennis

An economic downturn is underway, and most people probably have no idea. It’s not like the Great Recession when the entire country could notice the impact, yet today’s decline is turning some people’s lives upside down. Players in the recycling industry are struggling including in Milwaukee.

Bruce Adams hits the road every morning between 3 and 3:30 to scavenge for what most people would consider junk, but for Adams, it’s money.

Emerge Wisconsin

In Wisconsin, just 25.8% of state lawmakers are women, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

However, when women run for public office, they win in the same percentages as men. So, why are there so few women in positions of political power?

Well, it turns out that not that many actually run for office in the first place. But, there two groups in Wisconsin trying to change that - Emerge Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Federation of Republican Women.

Susan Bence

    

The subject of mining is back before the public in Wisconsin. Hundreds of people across the state are expected to testify Monday night at the annual Conservation Congress hearings. They’ll weigh-in on dozens of issues related to how the state manages its natural resources. One item on the agenda is Wisconsin’s divisive new iron mining law.

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On Friday, Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Foust agreed with the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, Machinists Local 1061 and United Steelworkers District 2. These unions sued the state after Gov. Walker signed right-to-work into law about a year ago.

Wisconsin's right-to-work law lets workers decide whether or not to pay union dues. The unions insist it unconstitutionally seizes union property by requiring unions to extend benefits to workers who don't pay dues. 

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Young voters participated in record numbers in Wisconsin elections this week. According to a research center at Tufts University, 33 percent of young people here voted. That's one of the highest rates in the country.

The enthusiasm contributed to long lines at some campus polling places. The crowds are on the minds of people preparing for this fall's elections.

Wisconsin State Legislature

A three-judge federal panel on Thursday refused to end a lawsuit challenging Wisconsin's redistricting of state legislative boundaries. So the case, which could ripple nationally, will go to trial from May 24-27 in federal court in Madison.

State Republicans drew the boundaries in 2011, insisting it was the GOP's right and duty after winning control of state government. Democrat litigants insist Republicans unconstitutionally gerrymandered the lines to benefit the GOP.

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North Point Lighthouse Friends spent years raising money to transform the 1888 station in Milwaukee's Lake Park from a decaying structure to gleaming public space.

Rachel Morello

Tuesday's election was the first big test of Wisconsin's photo ID requirement. Neil Albrecht of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission says the rule caught some people by surprise.

"We certainly had a number of voters -- probably several hundred -- turn out, without the photo ID. Fortunately, most of them were able to retrieve it, you know, just by going home and coming back with the photo ID," Albrecht says.

  Justice Rebecca Bradley defeated challenger Joanne Kloppenburg at the polls Tuesday. With the victory, Bradley secured a 10-year term on the state's highest court.

Currently, Bradley is serving out the end of Patrick Crooks' term. He died last fall, and Gov. Scott Walker named Bradley to the post. Walker also appointed Bradley to two other judgeships since 2012, in Milwaukee County circuit court and the court of appeals.

Bradley's ties to Walker had some questioning whether she could be an independent jurist. At her victory party, Bradley shot down such concerns.

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