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From Tear Gas To Peaceful Streets: The Unrest In Racine

6/2/2020
On Monday, the protests in Racine started in the afternoon and peacefully ended well into the night. But the night before, the scene changed from peaceful to violent. Sparkle Robinson, 31, has lived in Racine her whole life. She’s a designer and curates custom weddings and birthday parties for a living. Through her business, she’s a well-known member of Racine’s black community. On Sunday evening, Robinson, like many other people, marched against police brutality. She started downtown and...

Duration:00:02:56

Protesters In Waukesha Commit To Peace And Justice

6/2/2020
Protesters upset about the death of an African American man, George Floyd , in Minneapolis have taken their demonstrations outside of Milwaukee in recent days. In Racine, a community policing building was burned . But in Waukesha Monday, protesters and police seemed to get along. There was frustration in the voices of about 200 protesters who marched to the front of the Waukesha County Courthouse. They chanted what were some of George Floyd's last words when a Minneapolis policeman had his...

Duration:00:02:49

'Out Of Bad Can Come Good': Hundreds Clean Up King Drive After Protests

6/2/2020
Hundreds of people grabbed brooms and rakes Monday to help clean up Martin Luther King Drive, which is in the heart of a minority-owned business district north of downtown Milwaukee. The district saw significant damage this past weekend when peaceful protests turned violent over three consecutive nights. Thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Milwaukee over the last few days, protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Protests were peaceful during the...

Duration:00:03:22

Milwaukee Officials Grapple With Continued Protests

6/2/2020
Late Monday afternoon, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett put a curfew into place for a third night due to the ongoing protests. People are protesting across the country over the death of George Floyd , a black man who died in police custody. In a news conference, Barrett acknowledged racial disparities that have unfairly impacted communities of color in Milwaukee for generations. “I can’t imagine what it would be like to be like be a father or a mother and be fearful for my children simply because...

Duration:00:03:48

'What You're Seeing Is The Result Of Anger And Pain': Milwaukee Leaders Weigh In On Protests

6/1/2020
WUWM's Race & Ethnicity reporter Teran Powell talks with local community and political leaders about protests against police violence happening in Milwaukee and across the country.

Duration:00:22:32

Song And Solidarity: Hundreds Gathered For Peaceful Prayer Protest In Milwaukee Sunday

6/1/2020
On Milwaukee’s west side Sunday, the scene was almost pastoral in Washington Park. A diverse crowd of several hundred people spread out on benches and greenspace overlooking the Washington Park bandshell for what organizers called a peaceful prayer protest. Protests have been roiling throughout the country, including in Milwaukee , after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. Attendees of Sunday's prayer protest were asked to...

Duration:00:02:30

Wisconsin May Be Open, But The Pandemic's Traumatic Impact Has Just Begun, Says Milwaukee Doctor

5/29/2020
Even though many Wisconsin businesses are reopening and activities are resuming, the presence of the coronavirus can cause a sense of loss in safety and stability for some people. That’s according to Dr. Emily Mazzulla. “I think we have not seen the end of the traumatic impact. I think it's just beginning,” Mazzulla says. She is the Marquette University Director of SWIM Collaboration and Innovation. Its mission is to drive community-based collaboration to address trauma. Latest WUWM & NPR...

Duration:00:02:28

List Of Wisconsin Nursing Homes With Active COVID-19 Investigations Grows

5/29/2020
The state of Wisconsin says the number of active COVID-19 investigations at nursing homes continues to increase. The Department of Health Services (DHS) website indicates 58 active public health probes, up from 38 when the state first released its list two weeks ago. There are 15 active probes at skilled care facilities in Milwaukee County. Total investigations (active and closed) at nursing homes statewide has gone from 46 to 74. An investigation gets underway when at least one home...

Duration:00:04:29

Barrett, Crowley Urge Calm At Friday's Police Brutality Protests In Milwaukee

5/29/2020
Demonstrations are scheduled for Friday in Milwaukee to protest deaths caused by police officers. One rally demands justice for Joel Acevedo, another one protests the death of George Floyd . Acevedo is the man who died after a fight at the home of a Milwaukee police officer. The officer has been charged in connection with the death. Floyd was arrested on a forgery complaint in Minneapolis earlier this week and died in police custody. A video shows Floyd, who is black, lying handcuffed face...

Duration:00:01:59

Why Haven't Thousands Of Wisconsinites Received Unemployment Relief?

5/28/2020
More than half a million people in Wisconsin have filed for unemployment since the coronavirus outbreak, according to the latest figures from the Department of Workforce Development. But many have yet to get relief. The state has yet to pay 16% of claims. Department of Workforce Development (DWD) Secretary Caleb Frostman says the backlog is due to the sheer volume of claims, shortage of staffing, and antiquated technology. “Perhaps it goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway: Our call...

Duration:00:02:59

Milwaukee River Greenway: A Community Input Success Story

5/28/2020
For many people, the outdoors has become a precious oasis — maybe now more than ever before. One spot that hikers gravitate toward would have been unthinkable and largely inaccessible just a decade ago: the Milwaukee River Greenway . It forms a ribbon of 878 acres stretching from Glendale to the edge of downtown Milwaukee, much of it parkland. Milwaukee-native Kathy Mooney recalls forbidding parcels before the Greenway was established. "I never hardly saw that river because it was not...

Duration:00:05:09

Doctors Urge Parents To Weigh Risks Of Enrolling Kids In Summer Programs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

5/28/2020
For most kids, the summer signals the end of the school year and the return to summer sports and camps. But with the arrival of the coronavirus, things are different this year. With many states, including Wisconsin, lifting their stay-at-home orders, people who run camps or youth sports may be considering – or working on – reopening. But local health professionals want parents to weigh the risks before enrolling their kids. Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage Doctors Sharyl Paley and...

Duration:00:02:29

COVID-19 Deaths And Hospitalizations Rise In Wisconsin, Officials Urge Social Distancing And Testing

5/28/2020
Wisconsin officials reported the largest single-day increase in COVID-19-related deaths on Wednesday. Twenty-two people died, bringing the total to 539 deaths. Secretary-designee of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services Andrea Palm didn’t dwell on the day’s death count at a news briefing, but she did acknowledge a recent rise in COVID-19 patients being hospitalized. Still, Palm stuck to positive messaging. "We also saw for the first time today our numbers of tests go to about 10,000,...

Duration:00:02:29

MPS Considers How To Safely Bring Students Back

5/27/2020
As the current school year wraps up, Milwaukee Public Schools leaders are considering a range of scenarios for the fall. Whether students can safely go back to school remains uncertain due to the coronavirus. 6 Weeks After Schools Closed, MPS Implemented A Detailed Remote Learning Plan Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage Deputy Superintendent Calvin Fermin presented the options at a Tuesday school board meeting. He said MPS could keep instruction fully online, as it has done since schools...

Duration:00:03:29

Milwaukee County's COVID-19 Response Is In 'Critical And Fragile' Period

5/27/2020
The city of Milwaukee is an island right now. It’s the only municipality in Milwaukee County with a stay-at-home order meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The 18 other communities have allowed nonessential businesses to reopen. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said last week that he’d comment on a possible plan to reopen the city this coming Friday. In the meantime, he’s calling on people to wash hands thoroughly, wear masks in public, and continue the practice of social distancing....

Duration:00:02:59

Will The Brewers Play This Year At Miller Park? The Decision May Come Soon

5/27/2020
Milwaukee Brewers Principal Owner Mark Attanasio says he still thinks major league baseball will play a half-season, starting in July. But he says no fans would be at games due to worries about COVID-19. Attanasio and other Brewers executives made it clear to the Greater Milwaukee Committee Tuesday that there are significant challenges to meet before there can be a mid-summer opening day. Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage Later Tuesday, baseball players later indicated the size of some...

Duration:00:02:30

Recently-Approved MPS Referendum Could Be A Financial 'Life Raft' Amid Pandemic

5/27/2020
If voters didn't approve a tax referendum for Milwaukee Public Schools in April, the district would have been in a dire situation. That’s according to researchers with the Wisconsin Policy Forum, which analyzes the MPS budget each year. MPS leaders are deciding how to spend $57 million in new referendum revenue in the upcoming year. The referendum is phased in, with the district receiving $57 million in 2020, increasing to $87 million in 2023. Leaders billed the referendum as a big step...

Duration:00:13:30

Milwaukee, Waukesha Bars And Restaurants Face Different COVID-19 Rules

5/26/2020
COVID-19 restrictions for businesses continue to differ across southeastern Wisconsin, depending on where the companies are located. Some communities are only offering recommendations for reducing the spread of the coronavirus. Other cities have kept orders. Some of the greatest remaining differences are for the bar and restaurant industry. Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage Some of the establishments have had a brush with fame, like Club 400 in Waukesha. Seventy years ago, the father of...

Duration:00:04:26

As Milwaukee County Begins To Reopen, Officials Want You To Remember Coronavirus Hasn't Disappeared

5/22/2020
Suburban communities in Milwaukee County are reopening Friday. That means all businesses can open their doors. But the city of Milwaukee continues to keep nonessential businesses closed. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he would like to have good news next Friday about a gradual plan to reopen those establishments. But first, there are benchmarks to meet. "We're gonna be looking at the number of cases and the percent positive cases. That's something that's important. We're gonna look at...

Duration:00:02:59

Medical College Of Wisconsin Graduates Talk About Starting Work During A Pandemic

5/22/2020
Among this spring's graduates are about 300 students from the Milwaukee-area campus of the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Many will take part in a virtual commencement ceremony on Friday afternoon. Since they're moving ahead with their medical careers during the coronavirus pandemic, we thought we'd hear what the young health care providers they have to say about that and get some advice for them from longtime physicians. On Thursday, at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center, MCW Doctor of...

Duration:00:04:28