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Protesters March At Immigration & Customs Enforcement Office In Milwaukee

Members of the faith community held a protest Monday at the U.S. Immigration and Customs office in downtown Milwaukee. They called on the Trump administration to allow immigrants and refugees stopped at the Mexican border to apply for asylum and enter the U.S.

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Playing games might be a year-round hobby for some of us, but buying games is generally a holiday season pastime. Since 2010, writer, editor and games expert James Lowder has joined us during the holiday season to share his Games to Gift List.

While older adults might have learned to games from an experienced player, many of today’s players are turning to online videos according to Lowder.

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The U. S. Attorney's office announced Tuesday that Aurora Health Care, Inc. has agreed to pay $12 million to the federal government and the state of Wisconsin. This is to settle allegations that Aurora violated the False Claims Act by submitting claims to Medicare and Medicaid, which is in violation of the Stark Law. Under the law, the government refuses to pay for designated health services ordered by physicians who have improper financial relationships with entities to whom they refer patients. 

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Forty-seven years ago, the federal government passed Title IX. The civil rights legislation was designed to level the playing field for women in higher education — both in the classroom and on the field. But even before Title IX was passed, history had seen determined groups of women rowers fight for their place in the boat.

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Vast amounts of wetlands and thousands of miles of U.S. waterways would no longer be federally protected by the Clean Water Act under a new proposal by the Trump administration.

The proposal, announced Tuesday at the Environmental Protection Agency, would change the EPA's definition of "waters of the United States," or WOTUS, limiting the types of waterways that fall under federal protection to major waterways, their tributaries, adjacent wetlands and a few other categories.

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At first glance, Blooming Lotus Gourmet Bakery might look like a typical cafe on Milwaukee’s east side. But look closer and you’ll see that the ingredient list is far more specialized than many gourmet bakeries — free of grain, gluten, egg, dairy, cane sugar, oils, soy and yeast. That might sound like a recipe for a hockey puck, but Blooming Lotus sells everything from cupcakes to cookies, scones and more — and they look as good as they taste.

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The legislative lame duck session dominated the news last week. The Republican-controlled legislature passed a sweeping package of bills designed to weaken the powers of Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers and incoming Attorney General Josh Kaul. 

Now, many eyes are on Republican Gov. Walker to see if he'll sign the measures. Walker is being pressured by people on both sides of the aisle, not to sign the legislation and to think about his legacy.

Lawmakers unveiled the much-anticipated farm bill compromise Monday night, ending the months-long impasse over whether a critical piece of legislation that provides subsidies to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the lame-duck session concludes at the end of the year.

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In a testy Oval Office exchange with the two top congressional Democrats, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer, President Trump made clear he would be "proud" to shut down the government in less than two weeks if he doesn't get funding for his border wall.

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Audrey Nowakowski

Andrea Gibson’s poetry covers a wide spectrum of topics, including gender, love, loss, family and mental health. Their (Gibson prefers the they/their/them pronouns) latest book, Lord of the Butterflies, is also about providing a place of healing. 

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It's the gift giving season. But it's not just gifts in a stocking or under a tree — it’s also the season many people do their charitable giving. And a recent report shows Wisconsinites are pretty generous.

The study by the Wisconsin Philanthropy Network shows people, foundations and companies give almost $2.7 billion to charitable causes each year.

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