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Local Officials Continue Efforts to Curb Substance Abuse in Milwaukee County

10/20/2017
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Overdoses from heroin and prescription painkillers are killing thousands of people around the country. In Milwaukee County alone, more than 270 died from drug overdoses in the first eight months of this year. Recently, 11 people passed away over a four-day period. A number of efforts have been launched to fight the problem. They include a task force the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County created about six months ago, which seeks to fight the abuse of heroin, opioid painkillers and...

Duration: 00:02:28


'Justice for All': Lloyd Barbee’s Broad Pursuit of Human Rights

10/19/2017
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The late Lloyd Barbee is perhaps best known as the lawyer and state legislator who fought to desegregate Milwaukee’s public schools. A new book lays out just how broad Barbee’s fight for justice was. Beyond education, Barbee pushed for open housing, women’s rights, and decolonization. He would often sign his letters with the quote - “Justice For All.” And that’s the title of the new book, Justice for All: Selected Writings of Lloyd A. Barbee. The book is edited by his daughter -- another...

Duration: 00:13:58


Milwaukee Joins Competition to Woo Amazon Headquarters

10/18/2017
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A number of cities are going all-out, in efforts to lure Amazon. There’s a big prize at stake. The online retail giant is planning to build a “second headquarters,” which could create up to 50,000 jobs. Milwaukee and Waukesha are among the communities expressing interest – but in a far more low-key way. Dozens of metropolitan regions are vying for Amazon's second corporate headquarters. To get the company's attention, some are going to great lengths. For instance, Arizona leaders shipped a...

Duration: 00:03:48


Bill That Would Halt Agreement Between UW and Planned Parenthood Stirs Emotions

10/17/2017
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Emotions ran high, as abortion rights took center stage at the State Capitol on Tuesday. A Senate committee held a public hearing on a Republican bill that would forbid UW employees from working part-time at Planned Parenthood’s Madison clinic. The measure targets an agreement that’s been in place for nearly a decade. The bill would prohibit UW employees from performing abortions or providing training at facilities where abortions are performed, other than hospitals. Republican state Rep....

Duration: 00:02:57


Walker's Point: A Neighborhood In Transition

10/17/2017
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Walker’s Point is seeing an influx -- of new businesses, new housing, new people. And, while most view this change as positive, there are concerns about what it means for the fabric of the community. The Milwaukee neighborhood known for its large Hispanic population, great restaurants , industrial gritty feel, and for being LGBTQ friendly. READ: Walker's Point: A Gathering Space For Milwaukee's LGBT Community “Third Ward has more like upscale-type people and Bay View is more like the...

Duration: 00:04:17


How Milwaukee County's Parks Came To Be

10/16/2017
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Milwaukee County is home to 15,325 acres of parkland. 158 unique parks are rooted across the region – from Joseph Lichter Park in the north to Oakwood in the south; from tiny Pompeii Square nestled beneath a tangle of downtown freeway spurs to 262-acre Whitnall Park. But, why is Milwaukee home to so many parks? That’s the question Beth Van Gorp had on her mind when she reached out to WUWM’s Beats Me series. To get to the why, WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence had to start at the...

Duration: 00:05:48


Capitol Notes: Democrats Jockey For Position in Governor's Race

10/16/2017
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The race for governor is more than a year away. But, the field of Democratic hopefuls seems to grow just about every week. More than a half-dozen have entered the race – or are seriously considering making the move. JR Ross of wispolitics.com says some of the candidates have overlapping constituencies, and likely will have to work to “carve out a lane” for themselves. Ross talks about the race and other matters with WUWM’s Marti Mikkelson, for this week’s “Capitol Notes.”

Duration: 00:05:32


Passing Notes: Restructuring the Way Schools Provide Services

10/13/2017
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Every few weeks, WUWM education reporter Rachel Morello opens up her notebook to give us the scoop about what's happening in schools around the greater Milwaukee area. Test your knowledge of headlines big and small with her news quiz! There's often a trend in the news cycle -- particularly the education news cycle, I think -- where it feels like nothing major is happening and then 'Wham!' A big headline hits you from what feels like way out of left field. That seems to be the case as October...

Duration: 00:06:32


Why Does Milwaukee Have So Many Duplexes?

10/13/2017
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Is there some question about Milwaukee that you’ve always wanted the answer to? For Kennan Ferguson, the answer is a resounding yes. That’s why he wrote to Bubbler Talk to ask: “Why are there so many duplexes in Milwaukee?” It’s a question I couldn’t answer so, I set out to find someone who could. After sending about 10 e-mails, I got a speedy response from Arijit Sen. He’s an associate professor of architecture and urban studies at UWM. I asked Ferguson and Sen to meet with me to talk about...

Duration: 00:03:35


Bill That Would Crack Down on Sanctuary Cities Draws Huge Crowd in Madison

10/12/2017
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Hundreds of people packed into a hearing room at the State Capitol on Thursday, for a debate about the rights of undocumented immigrants. Most of the speakers who attended were there to argue against a bill that would crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities” in Wisconsin. The Republican measure would prohibit local governments from enacting policies that prevent federal agents from enforcing immigration laws. It wasn't the first time that lawmakers heard arguments for -- and against -- the...

Duration: 00:03:30


Some Racine County Residents Concerned About Focxonn Left With More Questions Than Answers

10/12/2017
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There are still a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to the huge LCD screen plant that Foxconn wants to build in Mount Pleasant. Area residents attended an open house looking for answers on Wednesday. Last week, Foxconn announced that it plans to build its sprawling $10 billion facility in the Racine County community Mount Pleasant. Around 26,000 people live in the village and since the big announcement, many have been wondering about what the Taiwanese company’s development will mean...

Duration: 00:03:38


Veterans Affairs Secretary Promises Improvements at King Home

10/11/2017
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Wisconsin’s Veterans Affairs Secretary took the hot seat at the State Capital on Tuesday. He updated lawmakers on conditions at the Veterans Home in King, after an audit found widespread nursing shortages and worker dissatisfaction there. Some legislators are concerned that patient care at the nursing home could be threatened. The VA Secretary promised his department is working aggressively to tackle the problems. The Wisconsin Veterans Home at King is about 40 miles northwest of Oshkosh....

Duration: 00:03:59


Foxconn Posts First Available Jobs, Holds Recruitment Event

10/11/2017
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The state's job creation agency hasn't yet finalized a contract with Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that wants to build a huge plant in southeastern Wisconsin. Meanwhile, other aspects of the plan are moving forward. The company has started posting job openings. And it held a recruiting event at Marquette University this week. TV screens and smart boards grabbed the attention of students walking through the second floor rotunda of the university’s union. The displays belonged to Foxconn,...

Duration: 00:02:37


Capitol Notes: Foxconn Deal Will Require Big Investments from Racine County

10/9/2017
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Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn was in the news again last week. The company announced it plans to build its huge LCD screen plant in the Village of Mount Pleasant in Racine County. Also, area residents learned the village and county will have to chip in $750 million to pay for infrastructure and other costs. The news angered some. But local officials say they'll use tax incremental financing to raise the funds without raising taxes. JR Ross of WisPolitics.com describes how the process...

Duration: 00:04:09


Efforts Underway to Provide Fresh Produce, Meat & Dairy in Milwaukee's Food Deserts

10/9/2017
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Grocery stores tend to be scarce in some of Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods. People may have to travel miles to buy fresh produce, meat and dairy products, because they live in what’s known as a food desert. The USDA defines a food desert as a low-income area where at least one-third of residents live more than a mile from the nearest big grocery store. But efforts, such as the new Pete’s Fruit Market and a mobile market by Pick 'n Save, are helping to make fresh food available in areas...

Duration: 00:03:08


New Mural Welcomes Visitors Into Milwaukee’s Harbor District

10/9/2017
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Milwaukee artist Nova Czarnecki has been putting finishing touches on a mural spanning the face of the old railroad bridge that spans Greenfield Avenue east of 1st Street. Harbor District Inc. commissioned Czarnecki to contribute to efforts to attract residential and business development to the area. The mural features native fish and birds. A sturgeon seems to burst through the corner of the structure. Birds pop out of holes and through letters spelling Harbor District. Czarnecki began work...

Duration: 00:04:26


What Impact Could Foxconn's Mount Pleasant Plant Have The Watershed?

10/5/2017
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The Taiwanese company announced Wednesday it would build its huge LCD screen plant in the Village of Mount Pleasant, just east of Interstate 94. Critics call the state’s $3 billion incentives package exorbitant. Others cite environmental concerns. Foxconn will use large amounts of water in the LCD screen manufacturing process. And the state incentives package exempts the company from some environmental regulations. Proponents dismiss the worries. “I think that Foxconn will lead the way in...

Duration: 00:04:52


Foxconn Confirms Plan to Build LCD Screen Plant in Mount Pleasant

10/3/2017
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It's official: the Racine County community of Mount Pleasant will be home to Foxconn's huge LCD screen manufacturing plant.

Duration: 00:03:58


Capitol Notes: Why Did WEDC Hesitate on Foxconn Deal?

10/2/2017
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Gov. Scott Walker had been expecting Foxconn officials to sign a deal with the state any day now. The Taiwanese company plans to build a huge LCD screen manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin, with the help of $3 billion in state incentives. But late last week, the board that will oversee the deal, delayed voting on it. Ross says it's a bit of a mystery as to why the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation board postponed signing off on the deal. He says he doesn't know if...

Duration: 00:03:58


U.S. Supreme Court Set to Hear Arguments in Wisconsin Redistricting Case

10/2/2017
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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme is expected to take up a Wisconsin case that could have national implications. Justices will hear arguments on the controversial political maps that Republican lawmakers drafted in 2011, after the most recent census. Democrats and liberal groups say the maps are unconstitutional, because the new boundaries give the GOP a big advantage in elections. It took months for Republicans in the Legislature, with the help of attorneys they hired, to redraw the maps in...

Duration: 00:04:18

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