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Common Council Quizzes Mayor and Health Department on Lead Program Glitches

As Steering & Rules Committee chair Ashanti Hamllton opened Wednesday's Steering & Rules Committee special meeting, he described the moment as pivotal to our city. He called for thoughtfulness and urgency. “The more we learn about the consequences of lead exposure, the clearer it is that the highest degree of care and caution must be given, especially to our most vulnerable communities,” Hamilton said. Members of the public and media in the room expected to be ushered out of the room. The...

Duration: 00:04:34

Capitol Notes: Why Does Welfare Reform Top The GOP Legislative Agenda in Wisconsin?

State lawmakers are holding a flurry of committee hearings this month, as they wrap up much of their work in this two-year legislative session. Then, they'll largely turn their attention to the elections this fall. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says his party will be "very aggressive" in passing welfare reform measures. But why is that a subject GOP lawmakers want to leave on voters' minds? WUWM's Marti Mikkelson posed that question to JR Ross of for this week's...

Duration: 00:08:23

Walker Now Wants Legislature to Close Lincoln Hills This Year, GOP Leaders Won't Commit

It appears Gov. Walker’s proposal to close two troubled juvenile prisons in northern Wisconsin is on a fast track. He says he wants the Republican-controlled legislature to approve his plan this year, after saying earlier this month that lawmakers could take it up next year. Legislative leaders plan to meet with the governor on Wednesday to discuss the feasibility. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos will be among those meeting with the governor. He says it’s possible that the Legislature will vote...

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Group Aims to Hold Milwaukee Officials Accountable for Lead In Water Crisis

Late last week Mayor Tom Barrett took many residents by surprise when he announced Milwaukee’s health commissioner Bevan Baker had resigned, and in the same breath, that the agency might have failed to notify families whose children tested positive for elevated lead levels from 2015 through 2017.

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Celebrating Dr. King: His Mission Still Resonants Half a Century Later

Today the nation celebrates the life of the late civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The holiday highlights King’s activism during the days of Jim Crow and segregation.

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Milwaukee Health Dept. 'Failed to Ensure Adequate Notification' of Elevated Lead Levels in Kids

Updated 1/12/18 5:20 p.m. The City of Milwaukee health department is under fire -- amid a management shake-up. It became public Friday afternoon that the department failed to properly notify thousands of families, whose children tested positive for elevated blood lead levels. It also became public that health commissioner Bevan Baker has left his post. But well before the news broke about the department not sharing lead testing results, Baker had been facing growing criticism. Advocacy...

Duration: 00:03:49

Proposed Bill Would Open Juvenile Criminal Records To Wisconsin School Officials

State lawmakers are considering a bill , they say, would help make schools safer -- for teachers. The bill would alert schools when students have a run-in with the law, but some teachers say the proposal would do more harm than good. The Teacher Protection Act seeks to open juvenile criminal records to school officials. Currently, all juvenile records are confidential, but the proposal would allow teachers access the files. Republican Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt is the author and spoke...

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Crowded Democratic Primary For Governor Has Its Ups And Downs

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin is the latest hopeful to join the crowded field of Democrats – who want to challenge Gov. Walker this November. It brings to 17, the number of Democrats who’ve either formally announced their bids, or are considering a run. Voters could find themselves having to choose from a potentially confusing, lengthy list of candidates. We spoke with a few people about the pros and cons of having such a large field. Martha Laning says she doesn’t recall a time when Wisconsin...

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State Legislature Considers Ending Wolf Management

A bill making its way through committee would end the Wisconsin DNR’s monitoring of wolves. The legislation would also prohibit law enforcement officers from taking action if a wolf is poached or harmed by things like traps. At a heated public hearing Wednesday before the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage, Senator Tom Tiffany (R) of Minocqua said the bill is designed to force Congress to remove wolves from the federal endangered species list. President Barack...

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Adam Carr Plants Seeds of Art and Community All Over the City

Back when Adam Carr was a radio producer, he was a bit of a tumbleweed -- rolling into communities, telling stories, and leaving before he really had a chance to establish a connection. Now, as a freelancer, he’s changed his approach. “I’m kind of like a truck with a bed full of plants on it that drives around just digging up dirt,” he jokes. Adam is still one of those people that pops up all over the city. I’ve found that when his name comes up in conversation people will tell me, “Oh yeah,...

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Butler-Based Junk Hauling Company Aims to Give Veterans Jobs

A military veteran in Philadelphia started JDog Junk Removal & Hauling seven years ago. Business boomed so he decided to offer franchises to fellow veterans and their families. That’s where Wisconsin native Andrew Weins enters the picture. “This business allows me to take care of the environment,” he says. Andrew served in both Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “We push the fact that we’re veteran owned and operated because from a marketing standpoint it’s a competitive advantage. However, I’m...

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Donovan Asks State Leaders to Help Reduce Crime in Milwaukee, in Wake of Police Chief Retirement

The chair of the Milwaukee Common Council’s Public Safety committee didn’t mince words Tuesday, when he outlined the qualities he would like to see in the next police chief. Ald. Bob Donovan has been a longtime critic of Chief Edward Flynn, who announced he’ll be retiring next month. Donovan gave what he called the “State of Public Safety in the City” address at City Hall on Tuesday. It included what he wants to see in the next police chief, and also a broader plan for reducing crime....

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Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn To Retire

Edward Flynn, the embattled chief of Milwaukee's Police Department, will retire from his post next month. Flynn’s current term was due to continue through January of 2020.

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Capitol Notes: Why Did Walker Flip His Position on Lincoln Hills?

State corrections officials are busy working on plans for shuttering two troubled juvenile prisons, after Gov. Scott Walker announced the closures late last week. The announcement came as a surprise to many. Despite lengthy probes into alleged mistreatment of inmates -- and inmate attacks on staff -- Walker had been defending the corrections department and the facilities. So, why did the governor do an about-face on the juvenile prisons? WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked that question of JR Ross...

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Walker Announces Plans to Close Lincoln Hills School for Boys and the Copper Lake School for Girls

The state of Wisconsin is changing the way it handles some of its worst juvenile offenders. On Thursday, Governor Walker unveiled plans to close the state’s two juvenile detention centers in favor of five smaller regional facilities scattered across the state. Advocates who have been pushing for such a shift say this is a step in the right direction, but there’s still more work to do. For years, Democrats have been calling for Gov. Walker to not only close the Lincoln Hills School for Boys...

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Some Milwaukeeans Upset Over Changes to Local Red Cross Services

The American Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin is receiving a lot of backlash over a new policy unveiled in Milwaukee that would require people in specific zip codes to come to them for help. If you’ve ever dealt with a fire emergency, there’s a presence at the scene you’ve likely expected—the American Red Cross handing out blankets and providing people with information about temporary housing. But last week, the Red Cross of Southeast Wisconsin unveiled a plan that would require residents in...

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How Racine's 'Bow Tie Biz Kid' is Using Fashion in the Fight Against Bullying

Bullying continues to be a problem across the country. “It can cause physical damage that we see on the outside, but it can cause emotional distress which leads to things like depression, loneliness, anxiety," Clay Anton, of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, explains. However, there are many efforts underway to help curb bullying. Take, for example, eleven-year-old Alex Hart-Upendo from Racine. He's is combating bullying through his business, Build-A-Bow . He says kids used to call him...

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Capitol Notes: Foxconn, Governor's Race Likely to Top The Headlines in 2018

For our Capitol Notes conversation today, we look ahead to the big Wisconsin political stories of 2018. One of the events topping the headlines last year was Foxconn, and the state's $3 billion incentives package for the Taiwanese company to locate here. Democrats blasted the plan during the legislative debate, calling it enormous corporate welfare. JR Ross of, predicts Foxconn will top the list of stories in this new year. WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked him if he thinks it'll...

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Life's Voices: A Lifelong Creator Of Floral Beauty

Milwaukee native Will Radler’s life mission has been to share the beauty of flowers. Growing up on city’s north side, he poured over his grandmother’s rose catalogs. “I think I became a garden critic when I was in my single digit years,” Will says. His mom was an avid flower gardener. Even before he can remember she took Will to Boerner Botanical Gardens. “My mother has a picture of me in a buggy. Do you remember buggies,” Will adds with a laugh, “Yeah, I’m that old.” A garden Will would...

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Six of Wisconsin’s Top Environmental Stories of 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, WUWM’s environmental reporter Susan Bence reviews some of this year’s major environmental issues, from Waukesha's water deal to the Foxconn bill.

Duration: 00:07:01

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