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Dozens Rally in Downtown Milwaukee For Stricter Gun Policies

5/25/2018
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Several dozen people gathered in downtown Milwaukee Thursday night to say "enough is enough" to gun violence and mass shootings in schools across the country. The demonstrators called for changes in the law, both at the state and federal levels.

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City Leaders Call for Officer Accountability After MPD Releases Video of NBA Player Arrest

5/24/2018
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On Wednesday, the Milwaukee community saw body camera footage from an altercation between an NBA player and Milwaukee police. The incident happened earlier this year. According to The Journal Sentinel, Officer Joseph Grams confronted Milwaukee Bucks rookie Sterling Brown outside of a Walgreens on the city’s south side, after he noticed Brown's vehicle was parked across two handicapped spaces. In the video , Grams calls for backup and several patrol cars show up, although Grams is heard...

Duration:00:04:22

Milwaukee County Drug Court Committed to Reuniting Families; Giving Addicts Second Chance

5/22/2018
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It may be rare for people seriously affected by substance abuse to get a chance to start over. However, Milwaukee County’s Family Drug Treatment Court is helping families do just that – and has been for several years. Drug court, veterans court, mental health court… these are just a few examples of the types of specialty, or problem-solving courts, that seek to address specific problems in the justice system on an individual level. Drug courts emerged in the late 1980s and set a precedent...

Duration:00:04:30

Local Advocates Celebrate Bird & Bee Days

5/18/2018
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Sunday May 20 signals two “world events” - World Migratory Bird Day and the first World Bee Day. A couple of groups in the Milwaukee area are concerned about the health of the populations and will shine a light on their importance Sunday. On December 17, 2017 the General Assembly of the United Nations unanimously declared May 20 World Bee Day: “ (Inviting) all Member States, organizations of the United Nations system, other international and regional organizations and civil society,...

Duration:00:04:40

Re-Entry Expo: An Innovative Way to Support Former Inmates

5/18/2018
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Getting out of prison and facing the world can be tough. Community, religious and government organizations try to fill in the gaps, by offering help with job training and housing, or transportation and mental health counseling. But still, some people fall through the cracks. So the groups providing reentry services came together for the first " Southeast Wisconsin Reentry Employment Expo" on Thursday on the campus of the Cousins Center in Bay View. Organizers hope to make it an annual...

Duration:00:03:53

Express Yourself Milwaukee 'Moves It!' and Makes Magic

5/17/2018
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Everyone has an inner artist. That's if you ask those working with Express Yourself Milwaukee, an organization that has been bringing arts to low-income and at-risk kids for the past 15 years. On Thursday evening, hundreds of kids will perform works they've prepared all year. They will also share the stage with a special guest: hip hop artist Speech of Arrested Development . At a classroom at Bethune Academy on 35th and Cherry, kids first shuffle into their after-school session with...

Duration:00:03:56

Oak Creek Transforms Industrial Brownfield Into Greenspace

5/16/2018
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It took 10 years and over $7 million to create Lake Vista Park in Oak Creek. The project is far more than a facelift of the 98-acre parcel overlooking Lake Michigan. Back in the 1920s and 1930s, a chemical plant operated there, leaving behind arsenic and other contaminants. The City of Oak Creek has gradually transformed the lakefront property, featuring tall grasses and native plants. But first crews had to carefully cap most of the site with two-feet of clay. Oak Creek environmental...

Duration:00:03:59

Jacque, Plumer Advance to Special June Election to Fill Vacant Legislative Seats

5/16/2018
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The results are in for Wisconsin's two special election primaries. Republican state Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere will advance to the special general election June 12 to face Democrat Caleb Frostman for a Senate seat in the Green Bay area. In a race for a state Assembly district north of Madison, Republican John Plumer of Lodi will take on Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd. Republicans have held both seats for years, but recent special elections seem to be turning the tide in favor of Democrats,...

Duration:00:03:21

Walker Talks Potential MPS 'Takeover,' Education Expert Says Easier Said Than Done

5/15/2018
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Governor Scott Walker has started another conversation about a potential shake-up of Milwaukee Public Schools. There's been three proposed MPS "takeovers" over the last 20 years.

Duration:00:03:58

Connecting Minority Workers With Foxconn Jobs: The Key May Be Community Organizations

5/15/2018
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Foxconn is promising thousands of jobs in construction, and once the massive factory in Mount Pleasant is complete, in information technology and manufacturing. Others are wondering whether people who need the jobs most will get them, like those on Milwaukee's north and south sides. Tech colleges and workforce development organizations point to community organizations as the grassroots touchpoint to reach minority workers. On a recent day, around a half dozen people are filling out forms...

Duration:00:03:53

Delegates Endorse Vukmir at Republican Party Convention in Race For U.S. Senate

5/13/2018
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The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate took a turn over the weekend. For weeks, the contest has been dominated by political newcomer Kevin Nicholson. The former Marine – and former Democrat – has been outpolling and outspending Leah Vukmir, a state senator from Wauwatosa. But on Saturday, Vukmir secured the endorsement of the Republican Party of Wisconsin, at its annual convention in downtown Milwaukee. The two will face each other in a primary in August. The winner takes...

Duration:00:03:26

Mequon Nature Preserve's Fairy Shrimp: Will They Survive?

5/11/2018
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Have you ever heard of fairy shrimp? Until recently, I hadn’t. Mequon Nature Preserve, located at the southern edge of Ozaukee County, is home to the teeny, tiny crustacean. Picture the kind of shrimp some people love to eat, just way smaller – an inch long, tops. Jason Nickels, the preserve's education and research director, explains: “They’re anywhere from a pink, to a brown, to a green – I think it depends on what they’re feeding on." And fellow pond dwellers feed on them, he says -...

Duration:00:03:54

Milwaukee County Proposal Would Require Landlords To Accept Housing Vouchers

5/10/2018
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Rental assistance recipients could soon be considered a protected class in Milwaukee County. A new proposal relating to fair housing would ban landlords from refusing to rent to people in housing assistance programs. The plan is expected to go before a county board committee later this month. Current federal law does not require landlords to accept housing choice vouchers, therefore they can legally refuse to rent to voucher holders. Supporters of the proposal say denying housing to those...

Duration:00:04:11

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Sues Trump Administration Over Family Planning Funding

5/9/2018
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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is suing the Trump administration over rules for Title X funding. The organization's branches in Utah and Ohio have joined the lawsuit. Title X gives grants to clinics to provide reproductive care for uninsured and under-insured people. Planned Parenthood says the Trump administration's new rules are illegal and will favor clinics that focus on abstinence education. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has received about federal funds through Title X since the...

Duration:00:04:17

Could Lead-Contaminated Water Lead To Infant Death?

5/8/2018
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Sherrie Tussler, executive director of Milwaukee's Hunger Task Force , says it’s her job to make sure kids eat healthy food, not to talk about infant mortality. But earlier this year – on Valentine’s Day to be exact – Tussler says she learned something startling. “Forty to 49 infant deaths occurred along North Avenue from 2012 to 2016,” she says. Tussler thinks the cause might be lead in water. That's because of a map she obtained after a Common Council committee meeting last January. “I...

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Milwaukee County's 'Take Back My Meds' Initiative Offers Year-Round Drug Disposal Options

5/7/2018
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National Drug Take Back Day has passed, but you can still dispose of your old, unused medication whenever you want in Milwaukee County. Advocates for ending the opioid crisis in Milwaukee County are ensuring people that they don’t have to solely rely on drug take back events once or twice a year to get rid of their unwanted medications. Take Back My Meds MKE is the program making that possible. Michelle Jaskulski is one advocate helping to get the word out about the initiative. Two of her...

Duration:00:03:38

Fire and Police Commission Re-Votes to Keep Milwaukee Police Chief

5/4/2018
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Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission has voted a second time to name Alfonso Morales chief of police until early 2020. This past February, when Edward Flynn retired, the citizen panel promoted Morales from the position of captain to that of interim chief. Many people assumed Morales would remain in that role until the commission completed a search for Flynn's replacement. Then last month, the panel decided Morales should serve out Flynn's four-year term, which would have ended in 2020....

Duration:00:03:56

Madison Foundation Hopes Interactive Climate Change Website Cultivates Action

5/3/2018
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The Outrider Foundation 's website opens with a dramatic satellite view of the earth slowly rotating as the sun blazes in the background. Click on climate change and images of intensely populated, highly industrialized scenes unfold. A giant ice formation crashes into an icy sea. Tia Nelson is managing director of climate at the Outrider Foundation. It created this website, Nelson says, to educate people. “Learn how climate change impacts you and all of us no matter where we live from...

Duration:00:04:00

Grant Aims to Help Milwaukee Bring Down Eviction Numbers

5/2/2018
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Community leaders are hoping a $10,000 grant will help Milwaukee get its arms around the ongoing issue of eviction. The money will go toward developing a long term plan to keep people in their homes. Mayor Tom Barrett announced the grant Wednesday from the “Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin” Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He addressed a gathering of several dozen people, who were packed into a conference room at the Franklin Square Apartments, in Milwaukee’s central city....

Duration:00:03:03

'A Day Without Latinxs' Draws Thousands in Waukesha

5/2/2018
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Thousands of people marched in Waukesha Tuesday for the annual A Day Without Latinxs and Immigrants in Wisconsin.

Duration:00:03:33

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