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The Wisconsin Senate voted along party lines to seat Michael M. Grebe on the UW Board of Regents for a seven-year term.

The board oversees Wisconsin’s university system. Governor Walker nominated Grebe and Republicans confirmed his appointment on Tuesday.

Senate Democrats unsuccessfully urged a 'no' vote, expressing concerns about Grebe's political links with Gov. Walker and statements Grebe has made.

Grebe's father headed the governor's campaigns and oversees the conservative Bradley Foundation.

Marti Mikkelson

Despite the improved economy, local manufacturers still struggle to find skilled workers. Some company leaders have even been visiting high schools to encourage young people to consider a career in the skilled trades.

One new high school grad who did not need coaxing to head into the skilled trades is Gary Large. He grew up on a farm in Port Washington.

Courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee County Board held a hearing Tuesday night to get input on a proposed $1 sale of Park East Land. The sale of the county parcel would help pave the way for the Bucks arena project.

Many citizens voiced concerns about the land sale – in addition to the broader proposed public investment in the project. Meanwhile, many of those who back the land sale say it would put an abandoned parcel to good use. They also argue the arena project will benefit the entire community.

A county board committee is scheduled to vote on the $1 land sale next week.

Gus Ramirez wants to build a four-story school on 5th and Harrison, in Milwaukee's Walker's Point/Bay View neighborhoods. The school he envisions would educate children living in the area and would be either a charter or voucher school, in essence, an alternative to MPS.

On Monday, the City Plan Commission voted unanimously in favor of rezoning the land, so that it could accommodate a school. The recommendation now goes before a Common Council committee.

Marti Mikkelson

Many employers in the U.S., including in Milwaukee, struggle to find qualified workers. According to a recent Manpower survey, one in three employers are having a tough time even though the economy has improved.

The greatest area of need remains in the skilled trades, including construction.

Milwaukee Public Schools

Before becoming Class of 2015 valedictorian and salutatorian at Morse Marshall School for the Gifted, Anthony Eruchalu and Ia Thao had to adjust to their new school system and language. Eruchalu's family moved here from Nigeria, Thao's from Thailand.

“It was very hard to adapt. Like just trying to fit in and learning the new language was very difficult for me. First day of school, I hated it. I didn’t know what to do. I would just sit at the desk, staring at the wall, very nervous. I didn’t know what to do. So it was very hard to adapt to the new country,” Thao admits.

Jose

Millions of immigrants are living in the U.S. illegally. President Obama put forth a plan to allow five million of them to remain in the U.S. without fear of deportation. His plan is on hold because 26 states, including Wisconsin, have sued.

WUWM spoke with a man and his daughter about living in limbo.

It’s late in the day and Jose is sitting in his living room. He rents a duplex in Waukesha.

“Yeah, it’s a good life, you know,” Jose says.  

Wisconsin's State Capitol
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Republican lawmakers believe a fetus can feel pain 20 weeks after fertilization. They say they base their point of view on the opinions of doctors they trust.  

So the legislators are considering prohibiting most abortions after 20 weeks.

Right now, Wisconsin bans most abortions after viability – about 24 weeks.

Democratic critics of the ban say scientific research concludes fetuses cannot feel pain until later in a pregnancy.

The governor summoned elected leaders to a press conference Wednesday afternoon in Madison, to jointly announce a plan under which taxpayers would put $250 million toward a new $500 million venue for the NBA team. The former and current owners of the Milwaukee Bucks have put $250 million on the table.

The rules would would ban abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks. If a medical emergency arises later, physicians must try to keep the fetus alive. Doctors would face criminal charges for violating the rules and could be sued both the woman and the father.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services approved the bill on a party line, 3-2 vote Thursday, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against. The item now moves to the full state Senate.

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