Republican Gov. Scott Walker Signs Bills Limiting Powers Of Democratic Successor

Updated at 4:54 p.m. Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker has signed a sweeping package of lame-duck legislation that weakens the powers of incoming Democratic Gov. Tony Evers. Walker signed the bills without issuing any partial vetoes.

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Lake Effect has recently featured segments about the latest hobby and family games and books you could consider for your holiday gift list. But if the people on your list prefer to be out and about, we've got you covered there too.

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With the holiday season in full gear, some of us may be reflecting on whether we’ve been naughty or nice this year. While some people seem to walk the line between the two fairly well, others end up on “Team Naughty” whether they mean to or not – which brings us to this week’s stories.

A federal judge in Texas issued a ruling Friday declaring the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, apparently setting the stage for another hearing on the health care law by the U.S. Supreme Court.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor invalidates what's commonly referred to as Obamacare nationwide and casts into doubt the survival of the law on the eve of the deadline for tens of millions of Americans to sign up for health care coverage in 2019.


Plenty of rock bands have geographic names — either the band itself or their albums — Chicago, Boston or Kansas. There's also Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” album.

The local band Semi-Twang is the first band (that we know of) to name an album after the southern Wisconsin metropolis of Kenosha.

The album is just coming out and the band is set to play tonight where else but Kenosha, at Public Brewing. They’ll also play a show Dec. 22 at Milwaukee’s Shank Hall. John Sieger, a member of Semi-Twang, joined us in the studio to play a few songs and talk about the album.

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Children’s books can be a great way to explore places you have been or have yet to visit. It’s even better when the characters visiting these places happen to be cute animals.

In the first book of the Our City Adventure series, Lulu & Rocky in Milwaukee follows two fox friends (and their penguin friend Pufferson) as they explore the city with activities like canoeing, going to a fish fry, and visiting the art museum.

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Queen Anne reigned over England, Scotland and Ireland for 12 years. But not a great deal of attention, historical or otherwise, has been paid to her. Plagued by ill health throughout most of her life, Queen Anne had few significant matters of state accomplished during her time in power. Plus, what little that was written about her was not very flattering or objective.

Courtesy of Gilbane Building Company and AECOM

Milwaukee City Hall was completed in 1895. But if you've seen the building over the years, it may seem like it's been under constant construction. So, let's look at the work that's been done on City Hall and what's still in store.

That's what Kim Marggraf wants to know, so she reached out to Bubbler Talk — our series where you ask, we investigate and together we unveil the answers:

"Why has City Hall been under some form of construction or reconstruction, for what seems like decades?"

Courtesy of Kimberly-Clark

Gov. Scott Walker announced Thursday that he granted Kimberly-Clark $28 million over the next 5 years to keep a plant in Neenah, Wis., open and save nearly 400 jobs.

The move comes after the Legislature refused to take up the original incentives packages which was four times as large as this new deal. But Walker has been determined to make a deal with paper company Kimberly-Clark.

“Quite literally, if it’s the last thing I do, I’m going to find a way. I’m going to save the jobs at Kimberly-Clark,” Walker said.

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

Michael Cohen, President Trump's onetime lawyer and fixer, says his former boss knew it was wrong to order hush money payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign to two women who say they had affairs with Trump — but he directed Cohen to do it anyway to help his election chances.

Cohen also said in an interview with ABC News that aired Friday that the president's repeated assertions that Cohen is lying about the payments and other aspects of his work for Trump were false.

Updated at 4:57 p.m. ET Friday

A 7-year-old Guatemalan girl who crossed the southern border into the United States illegally earlier this month died of dehydration and shock after being apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in New Mexico.



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