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A deluge of rain slammed northern Wisconsin last week, washing out roads, bridges and damaging people’s homes - and during prime tourism season. Yet resorts there hope vacationers don’t change their plans.

“They are concerned about economic losses up there, because of the flooding,” according to Lori Getter of the Wisconsin Emergency Operations Center.

Getter says some roadways remain closed, but there are workarounds, so call ahead.

"(Conditions are) changing hourly, because everyone is working hard to get those roads open,” Getter says.

Susan Bence

For decades at this time each summer, Wisconsin farmers have gathered to talk technology. Wisconsin Farm Technology Days began back in 1954 with a simple hay baling contest in Waupaca County.

This week a farmer south of Geneva Lake hosted.

Kyle Scott came to check it out. He works for a crop farmer northeast of here. He and his wife also farm their own five-acre parcel.

Courtesy of Joy Global

Komatsu announced Thursday that it is purchasing mining equipment maker Joy Global of Milwaukee in a deal worth about $3.7 billion.

The Japan-based Komatsu makes construction, mining and military equipment.

Joy Global has 1,000 employees in Milwaukee and 12,000 worldwide.  

Michelle Maternowski

Strong internet connections can play a huge role these days in the economic viability of an area.  As growing numbers of devices and systems are being connected to the internet, cities across the country are looking to keep up with what’s called the Internet of Things, or IOT. Milwaukee is no different.

The city is in the early stages of examining what it means to be a "Smart City," or a city that uses technology and the internet to enhance performance.

The City of Milwaukee is ready using smart technology connected to the internet to improve lives and services.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took center stage Wednesday night during the prime time session of the Republican National Convention.

Walker spoke for about 10 minutes, outlining why he believes voters should choose GOP nominee Donald Trump for president. Walker also urged people to vote for Republicans in other races.

Here are some highlights of Walker's address:

Mitch Teich

There is no shortage of warnings as weather conditions in much of Wisconsin are expected to become oppressive. 

For instance, people are advised to:

--cancel outdoor activities

--check on people who may be isolated in a hot home

--seek cool spaces

--drink plenty of water

Highs in metro Milwaukee will push into the 90s on Thursday and Friday with high dew points sending heat indexes over 100 degrees.

The people most at risk are those with chronic or mental health conditions, older adults and young children.

Marti Mikkelson

    

The loved ones of Milwaukee police officers spoke up on Tuesday. Family members want the community to recognize the grave dangers officers face every day and the worries that constantly weigh on their minds.

Family members held a news conference at the police union headquarters. One person who shared her story is Tina Colon. She says her husband was shot while on duty in 2009.

Colon remembers the day she received the phone call.

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What would you do without the internet? These days, it’s probably hard to imagine being unconnected, right? Well, it might only be the beginning. Depending on the study, it’s estimated that by the year 2020, up to 100 billion devices could be connected to the internet. The movement is called the “Internet of Things” and  some local companies are part of the wave.

The general concept behind the Internet of Things, or IoT, is pretty basic.

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Federal Judge Lynn Adelman ruled Tuesday that Wisconsin voters who can’t get government-issued photo identification by the November 8 election can sign an affidavit declaring who they are and why they haven't been able to get a photo ID. Then they could cast a ballot.

In Judge Adelman's ruling, he included a template for Wisconsin election officials to use in creating an affidavit:

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Rousing applause greeted Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke when he took the stage at the Republican National Convention Monday night in Cleveland.  The theme was “Make America Safe Again.” Clarke, who has been a steadfast supporter of presumptive nominee Donald Trump, has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement for disparaging law enforcement. His opening statement at the RNC was "blue lives matter."

Susan Bence

The Milwaukee County Parks system seems to swing between two extremes. On one hand, its green space creates a ring,  some compare to an exquisite emerald necklace. On the other, parks are crippled by deferred maintenance.

One example is Lake Park, where officials closed a 110-year-old footbridge because it is crumbling.

The fate of the bridge that spans a ravine, and a winding roadway below, will be the topic of a public information meeting this evening at Lake Park.

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After months of hype, the party conventions have arrived. Republicans open theirs today in Cleveland. The convention is expected to culminate with Donald Trump accepting the GOP’s nomination for president. We caught up with a few seasoned Republicans from Wisconsin who will take part. They expect to come away satisfied.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is no stranger to the Republican National Convention – this is his fifth trip. He says each day is action-packed.

Bonnie Petrie

About three dozen people representing a Milwaukee immigrant advocacy group packed into five vans, early Monday morning, and headed to Cleveland to protest the nomination of Donald Trump as the republican candidate for president.

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After an MPD officer was shot early Sunday near 17th and Morgan on Milwaukee's south side, the agency ordered all squad cars to carry two officers instead of one, at least for the time being. The Milwaukee Police Association said Monday that it has been advocating for two-officer squads for seven years and is now demanding they be made permanent. According to a release from MPA President Mike Crivello, "officers must know they are supported…not solely in words, but actions."

Photo courtesy of the East Town Association

Thursday night’s attack in Nice, France stunned people here in Milwaukee – attending the city’s annual French festival – Bastille Days. Baron Carl de la Chapelle, Kara Clavis and Sarah Gauthier heard the news, just after they had gathered to celebrate.

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