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Evers' Budget Plan Would Increase Education Spending By $1.4 Billion

State education chief and gubernatorial hopeful Tony Evers wants to put an additional $1.4 billion into public education over the next two years. The proposal is part of the Department of Public Instruction’s request for the 2019-2021 state budget .

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The word "genius" gets thrown around a lot in casual conversation. Even when you weed out subsets — like "managerial geniuses" or "musical geniuses" — there are some transcendent figures we typically file under the genius category. Leonardo da Vinci would certainly rank among these people, who transformed the ways in which we view the world. 

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The Trump administration is proposing to lift court-imposed limits on how long it can hold children in immigration detention.

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Wisconsin’s candidates for governor touted their education priorities at back-to-school events this week. They're also continuing to criticize each other.

Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign released its first attack ad against Democrat challenger Tony Evers. It claims that as state superintendent, Evers failed to protect children from a teacher who viewed pornography at work.

The story is one of the main lines of attack Republicans backing Walker are using against Evers.

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About an hour northwest of Milwaukee, there's an innovative wrinkle in Wisconsin's ongoing experiment  to create a self-sustaining flock of whooping cranes in the Eastern United States. A family of cranes is living at the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, after two chicks in the family were born in captivity in Florida, and all the birds were flown there by jet.

Back to school events drew the attention of the two major candidates in the race for governor. Republican Gov. Scott Walker visited a suburban charter school, while Democratic candidate Tony Evers, head of the Department of Public Instruction, went to an MPS school.

Walker made an early morning appearance at the first independent charter school in Waukesha County, La Casa De Esperanza.

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Buying a car may be one of the most stressful things you ever do. Whether it’s new or used, a car is one of the most expensive items you will ever buy.

While the internet has helped consumers arrive at a dealership armed with more information, that hasn’t really changed the overall dealership experience. And depending on that experience, it’s very easy to feel you’ve gotten a bad deal.

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Jazz is a distinctly American art form. But musicians from other cultures and countries have found their way into it and have made it their own.

Cuba is a prime example. This small island country off the coast of Florida has put its cultural stamp on jazz with giants like Tito Puente, Arturo Sandoval, and Chucho Valdes. American jazz artists like Cal Tjader and Dizzy Gillespie looked to Cuba and took its Latin influences into their own music. And now another generation of Cuban musicians takes center stage.

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Every year, Milwaukee Magazine devotes an issue to the best of Milwaukee and the surrounding area.   

This year's "Best of MKE" is the first time in recent memory that the editors have turned to the readers for their thoughts, says Carole Nicksin, editor and publisher of Milwaukee Magazine. Choosing from nominees selected by magazine editors, the readership voted on everything from Best Burger to Best Esthetician.

"We just decided to change it up and hear from readers," explains Nicksin.

November’s midterm elections could change the balance of power here in Wisconsin and in the U.S. Congress. From hotly contested races to the security of elections themselves, WUWM 89.7 FM - Milwaukee's NPR and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel are partnering to help you gain a better understanding of what’s at stake on Nov. 6.

This biweekly series, called Informed Voter: Wisconsin's Midterm Elections, is an opportunity for you to connect with our reporters to have your election-related questions answered — on-air, online and via text.

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Jeanette Kowalik was voted in as the City of Milwaukee's public health commissioner Wednesday. There were no votes of opposition.

In January, news broke that its once–touted childhood lead contamination prevention program was grossly mismanaged. A heartbeat later, health commissioner Bevan Baker resigned.

Based on the candidate’s reception at a special meeting of the Public Safety and Health Committee Tuesday, Kowalik’s prospects appeared bright.

Kowalik told aldermen she feels she was called home to take on the role.

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