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Marti Mikkelson

WUWM has joined NPR this week in a special reporting project, called A Nation Engaged. It's exploring whether Americans believe their vote counts. WUWM asked homeless people in Milwaukee. Some say they’ve encountered problems, but all plan to keep voting.

Joanna Beamon is one of several dozen people who’ve come to Hephethea Lutheran Church in Milwaukee’s central city for dinner. Beamon says she votes in every election.

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A new survey shows 42 percent of registered voters in Wisconsin plan to vote for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, while 35 percent plan to back GOP candidate Donald Trump. Seventeen percent say they won't support either candidate. Clinton's seven-point lead is smaller than the 10-point advantage she had in the previous poll, conducted in March.

The Milwaukee Police Department plans to employ more officers in neighborhoods experiencing rashes of vehicle thefts, crashes and traffic violations. Police Chief Edward Flynn says the perpetrators are often the same people - and they are frequently responsible for committing other crimes in the city. Mayor Tom Barrett says perhaps residents have noticed drivers disregarding the city’s traffic laws.

Ann-Elise Henzl | Milwaukee Public Radio

We are joining NPR this week in a special reporting project, called A Nation Engaged. It's exploring whether Americans believe their vote counts. WUWM talks to brand new U.S. citizens who'll be able to vote for the first time in this fall's presidential election.

Thailand native Xou Chang was one of about 100 people from nearly 40 countries who became a citizen at an outdoor naturalization ceremony on Tuesday in Milwaukee.

Michelle Maternowski

Emotions ran high outside Milwaukee City Hall Monday night as hundreds of people mourned the deaths of nearly 50 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

A gunman shot dozens of patrons early Sunday, apparently to show support for ISIS.

Monday evening’s rally in Milwaukee included a candlelight vigil and calls for solutions to hate and violence.

Many people in the audience sported rainbow flags in their lapels. Others carried signs that read “No Hate” and “I Stand Against Intolerance.” The City of Festivals Men’s Chorus performed.

Susan Bence

Milwaukee recently found itself on a list of 33 cities accused of concealing dangerous levels of lead in its drinking water. The Guardian claims the city’s testing methods are faulty because testers run faucets – or pre-flush a water system – before collecting the samples.

Keyon Jackson-Malone

Precious Lives: The Live Show is set for this Wednesday evening, June 15, at the Pabst Theater. People battered by gun violence in Milwaukee have agreed to express to hundreds of people how life has changed and the hope that still exists.

As the live show nears, Eric Von chatted with Precious Lives' executive producer Brad Lichtenstein, the live show's director Michelle Lopez-Rios and composer Kiran Vee on his WNOV radio show.

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Authorities say 49 people were killed early Sunday morning when a gunman opened fire at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. At Milwaukee's Pridefest Sunday, the conversations taking place on the Summerfest grounds were sobering and reflective.

Cas Thiele of Oconomowoc calls the Orlando shootings devastating. “It really hurts that there’s so much hate, that that would happen,” Thiele says.

Susan Bence

Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) is pooling the collective expertise of nearly 90 scientists and students to see how many species of plants and animals they can identify in 24 hours.

That’s a BioBlitz.

The idea sprouted back in 1996 when scientists inventoried a park in Washington D.C.

MPM’s Senior Vice President and Academic Dean, Ellen Censky, helped organize the first public-based BioBlitz that same year in Pittsburgh. She coordinated eight BioBlitz’s in three states since that time.

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As mourners gather today in Muhammad Ali’s hometown of Louisville for his funeral, an 86-year-old man in Milwaukee will quietly remember his friend’s life. 

Brady X McKinley shared his recollections of his friendship with the boxer known as "the greatest" at the north side business, McKinley Corporation.

McKinley met Muhammad Ali at a gathering of the Nation of Islam not long after Ali won a gold medal at the 1960 summer Olympics, but he had no idea who he was.

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Some Wisconsin inmates plan to stage a short hunger strike starting Friday. Organizers say they want to raise awareness about what they claim is the overuse of solitary confinement.  Bernie Gonzalez says inmates, who may be invisible to most people in Wisconsin, are sometimes held for years in isolation. Gonzalez works for SOPHIA – an interfaith group that addresses what it calls social injustices.

“This is the only thing they can use as their last power to actually have their voice heard,” Gonzalez says.

The topic of crime in Milwaukee has taken center stage this week, as a legislator from Menomonee Falls warned that she would take action. GOP Representative Janel Brandtjen said she would push to cut state funding for Milwaukee, if the city is not able to curtail crime. 

Paul Kjelland

On June 15, Milwaukeeans who never sought the limelight will take the stage at the Pabst Theater to share their stories of how gun violence has upset their lives.

At the first rehearsal for Precious Lives: The Live Show, cast member Leatanya Dunn allowed the pain of burying two family members to surface.

Tickets are available for $10. A discussion will follow the performance.

State Representative Janel Brandtjen says she will fight to cut state funding for Milwaukee, unless city leaders take steps to dramatically cut crime.

The Menomonee Falls Republican says residents in Washington County were forced a few days ago "to unlock their gun cabinets and instruct their loved ones to shoot to kill" when five armed youths wanted for a car-jacking in Milwaukee fled into that neighboring county and law enforcement searched for them overnight.

Photo courtesy of The Racine Journal Times

A state of emergency exists in Racine County for about a dozen homes along the lakefront. The eroding lake bluff is threatening to pull down the houses. 

Emergency officials will meet with residents Tuesday evening to talk about possible solutions.

Roger Tietz is in the business of preventing lake bluff erosion. He works for Edward E. Gillen Marine, a Mequon company that installs shore protection. Tietz says this year a lot of areas without protection are vulnerable.

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