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Milwaukee Group Launches Fruit Tree Harvest Initiative

11/13/2018
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Before the cold snapped us from summer to fall weather in late October, four people were busily tending a tree laden with ripe, red apples. It was the Glean Team at work on the Milwaukee VA Medical Center grounds. Matt Rudman with Groundwork Milwaukee is coordinating its inaugural season. “We start by cleaning up the ground. All the fruit that’s fallen, we sort it. Windfallen ones that are still usable and could be baked. Or if they’re rotting, we clean up the hard and get them over to a...

Duration:00:04:32

A Milwaukee Muslim Leader Notes Muslims Fought For England In World War I

11/12/2018
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Banks and post offices are closed Monday for the federal Veterans Day holiday. About 100 people gathered Sunday night at Milwaukee City Hall to remember that Veterans Day was previously known as Armistice Day and dedicated to peace. Another message was that world peace remains elusive. It's been 100 years since the end of World War I, a conflict in which millions died. Paul Moriarty of the Milwaukee chapter of Veterans for Peace says the war was bloody through its last morning. "Before 11...

Duration:00:02:17

Milwaukee's Midnight Basketball League Offers More Than Just The Sport

11/12/2018
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Milwaukee's Midnight Basketball League is wrapping up its latest season. But the program's impact on the lives of the players is much bigger than having a safe place to play basketball. On a recent Wednesday night, groups of young men filed into Bradley Technology and Trade High School on Milwaukee’s south side for the Midnight Basketball League. The first game of the night was set to begin at 8, followed by games at 9, 10 and 11. One of the players, Kiantis Pierce, first got involved with...

Duration:00:04:28

Wisconsin GOP Looking For Ways To Continue Conservative Push With Democratic Governor

11/9/2018
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Two days after Wisconsin voters ousted Republican Gov. Scott Walker in favor of Democrat Tony Evers , there are rumblings that GOP state lawmakers are looking to limit the power of the governor-elect. Wisconsin Republicans are cautioning Democrats not to view Tuesday’s win by Evers as a mandate for change. In an email release, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the GOP will continue to deliver on its conservative promises and not allow Wisconsin to backslide. And talks have surfaced that...

Duration:00:02:44

Wisconsin Governor’s Race: Analyzing Evers’ Win & What’s Next

11/8/2018
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Democratic Governor-elect Tony Evers says he's busy putting together his transition team. His comments came after Gov. Scott Walker conceded defeat Wednesday afternoon. The Republican had won statewide office twice, surviving a recall election. So, why couldn't Walker pull off a win this time around? UW-Madison political science professor David Canon says that Evers won, in part, because of demographics — namely age, gender and education. 1. What was behind Evers' Win? "Unlike four years...

Duration:00:05:43

Tony Evers Elected Governor Of Wisconsin

11/7/2018
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Updated 2:10 p.m.: Gov. Scott Walker has conceded the election to Tony Evers. He initially refused to concede because of the close margin and questions about more than 40,000 ballots in Milwaukee that were tallied in the eleventh hour. In a statement, the Walker campaign said it determined that "any change in the result would not be significant enough to determine the outcome of the election, despite its close margin and questions about how the city of Milwaukee executed its election night...

Duration:00:02:31

Tammy Baldwin Sweeps U.S. Senate Race

11/7/2018
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Tammy Baldwin handily won a second term as U.S. Senator, defeating Republican Leah Vukmir in Tuesday's midterm elections. At her campaign celebration at Monona Terrace, a euphoric Baldwin credited her victory to her supporters for their "from the bottom up" grassroots campaign. "And for me, it's always been about doing right by Wisconsin. Doing right by people with pre-existing health conditions who need champions to protect their health care and stand up to the special interests who would...

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Republican Bryan Steil Wins Paul Ryan's Wisconsin Congressional Seat

11/6/2018
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Republican Bryan Steil has won Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District race. The political newcomer beat his Democratic challenger Randy Bryce, a union ironworker. Steil will replace GOP House Speaker Paul Ryan, who announced in April that he wouldn’t seek re-election this fall. This marks the first time in 20 years that there was an open seat in the state's 1st Congressional District. Steil says the win came because he and his team and supporters worked hard over the last six months talking...

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There's A Growing Trend To Repurpose More, Landfill Less When Deconstructing Buildings

11/6/2018
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There’s a striking illustration of the old and the new in downtown Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Bucks’ new $524 million arena, the Fiserv Forum , stands next to the team’s former home, the Bradley Center. Work has been underway to salvage pieces of the Bradley Center before it's demolished. The work is part of a growing trend to deconstruct and reuse, rather than landfill. In September, the only life evident within the Bradley Center was a small sea of volunteers led by Jake Weiler, the...

Duration:00:04:33

Election Day Insights & Concerns As Milwaukee Votes In The 2018 Midterms

11/6/2018
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We've reported for weeks on the candidates and issues in Tuesday's elections. But what about what’s going on behind the scenes on Election Day — to keep polling places and vote tallying running smoothly and without outside interference? As voters head to the polls Tuesday, their wait times will depend on where and when they go. If they hit the polls from 7-9 a.m., voters may be waiting a little longer, says Neil Albrecht of the City of Milwaukee Election Commission. He says if voters can...

Duration:00:04:22

The State Of The StartUp In Wisconsin Looks Mixed

11/6/2018
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It's StartUp Wisconsin Week , with dozens of events around the state highlighting entrepreneurs in technology and other businesses. A newly released analysis finds the state of the startup is mixed here. According to Wisconsin Inno , which has been tracking venture capital deals with state companies, $186 million has been invested in 60 firms so far this year. The amount of money is up a bit from 2017, and the number of deals may soon equal last year. In Southeastern Wisconsin, 20...

Duration:00:02:23

Some Milwaukee College Students Will Vote With Climate Change In Mind

11/5/2018
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Climate change is dominating some voters' concerns, including 16 Alverno College students who've been exploring the global issue in an elective course taught by biology professor Chris Young. He describes this batch of students as the most engaged and eager to discuss the complexities of climate change of any class over the years. Yet, many told him they hadn’t heard about the gravity of climate change before taking his class. Young says most of the students said they get their “news” from...

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Tony Evers: 'I'm Going To Be Your Next Governor'

11/5/2018
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With less than 24 hours until Election Day, people still haven’t lost their momentum behind “get out the vote” efforts. Candidates campaigned throughout the state over the weekend. The rainy weather proved to be no obstacle for Milwaukee voters who gathered to cheer on Democratic candidates Sunday night. Dozens of people filed into the Coordinated Campaign South Milwaukee Office to hear from incumbent Sen. Tammy Baldwin, candidates for governor and lieutenant governor Tony Evers and Mandela...

Duration:00:02:29

Walker Speaks In Suburban Milwaukee As Part Of Hectic Campaign Swing

11/4/2018
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Republican Gov. Scott Walker is expected to spend all day campaigning Monday, as he tries to defeat Democratic challenger Tony Evers in Tuesday's gubernatorial election. Sunday, Walker made stops in Sheboygan, Appleton and Glendale. In Glendale, about 50 people waited for Walker in the Republican Party's North Shore campaign office. State Sen. Alberta Darling warmed up the crowd with a reminder about boosting turnout on Tuesday. "How many of you are going to get at least 10 people — friends,...

Duration:00:02:34

Milwaukee Latino Voter Turnout Has Been Relatively Low In Recent Years

11/2/2018
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Candidates and interest groups have been doing all they can for months to try to attract voters to the polls on Tuesday. But there’s one group of people they may not be reaching effectively: Milwaukee's Latino voters. That might be because it's hard to characterize the Latino voting population. Immigration, for instance, isn't at the top of the list for all Latino voters. Take Abraham Alvarez, who lives on the city's south side. He says it's important for Latinos to become politically...

Duration:00:03:55

Young People Of Color Join 'Get Out The Vote' Efforts In Milwaukee

11/2/2018
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Young people in Wisconsin are helping lead the charge this election season with a message for everyone to get out and vote. Here in Milwaukee, that means going to door to door asking people if they plan to vote and providing voter guides with information on the candidates. Some of those leaders are young people of color. This past Saturday, dozens of high school and college students spent part of their weekend canvasing different neighborhoods to make sure people get out to vote. On...

Duration:00:04:04

Milwaukee Police Release Fatal Police Shooting Video

11/2/2018
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Milwaukee Police on Thursday released body camera video of a fatal officer involved shooting from August . Before the video was shown to media, Police Chief Alfonso Morales noted that the fatal officer involved shooting was still under investigation. That means no updates on legal procedures or a number of other questions that would follow. Still, Morales says for the sake of transparency, the Milwaukee Police Department from here on out will seek to release the video of any officer involved...

Duration:00:02:28

Milwaukee City & MPS Team Up On Early Childhood Education

11/2/2018
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Milwaukee city and school officials say they're renewing their focus on early childhood education. There aren’t many details yet, but the goal is to help more of Milwaukee’s youngest and poorest children learn how to read. State test scores show that only one in five Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) students is proficient in English Language Arts. There is a 35-point proficiency gap between black and white children. At a press conference Thursday, school and city leaders acknowledged the...

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Milwaukee’s Streetcar Service Starts Friday, Here’s How The Hop Works

11/1/2018
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Milwaukee's multi-million dollar streetcar — called The Hop — begins operation around 12:45 Friday afternoon. Each streetcar can hold up to 150 passengers and will provide service to about a two-mile loop through the west and east sides of downtown Milwaukee. Rides are free for the first year. The new streetcar service, which consists of five different streetcars, is trying to merge old and new technology. For part of the route, The Hop uses a practice of long ago streetcars — connecting to...

Duration:00:04:39

Analysis: Why Wisconsin's 6th Congressional Race Is So Competitive

11/1/2018
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Tons of yard signs are blanketing the 6th Congressional District in the days leading up to Tuesday's midterm elections. Republican U.S. Rep. Glenn Grothman has held the seat for four years and faces a challenge from Democrat Dan Kohl. The district spans from Mequon north to Appleton, then west to Wisconsin Dells. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson spoke with UW-Oshkosh Political Scientist James Simmons. He says what normally is a safe seat for Republicans, isn't guaranteed this time. Learn Where...

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