WUWM News

Marti Mikkelson

About 100 people packed into a room at the Washington Park Senior Center on Wednesday night, to voice their concerns about relations between Milwaukee police and the communities they serve.

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Update 1:57 p.m.: The man who allegedly entered a Middleton, Wis., office building Wednesday morning and opened fire has died after being shot by police. The suspect injured three people who are being treated at area hospitals. 

Officials have lifted the lockdown at the office building where the shooting occurred around 10 a.m.

Maayan Silver

Wisconsin Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers had a heavy hitter stumping with him in Milwaukee on Tuesday.

President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, came to town to throw his support behind the candidate and his running mate, Mandela Barnes.

All three showed up at Coffee Makes You Black, a coffee shop in Milwaukee’s 53206 neighborhood, to speak on a panel for criminal justice reform with Milwaukee Municipal Court Judge Valarie Hill. Before that, they faced reporters for a press conference.

The new Marquette Law School Poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers has pulled ahead of Republican incumbent Scott Walker. At the same time, Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has a sizable lead over her challenger, Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir, according to the survey.

Maayan Silver

New Census Bureau estimates came out recently for both Wisconsin and the nation with numbers on 2017 poverty rates, median income levels, and a host of other topics.

Emily Files

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.

Evers, a Democrat, heads the agency as state superintendent. The spending plan comes in the middle of a tight race between Evers and incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican.

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U.S. health officials say teenage use of e-cigarettes has reached "epidemic" levels. The Food and Drug Administration has given the five largest manufacturers of the products 60 days to produce plans to immediately reverse underage use of their products. Otherwise, the manufacturers risk having their flavored products pulled off the market.

Some Milwaukee area officials also are targeting the products. But there are fans of e-cigarettes here, too.

Attorneys looking to throw out Wisconsin's legislative boundaries filed an amended complaint in federal court on Friday.  It adds more voters as plaintiffs in a lawsuit, after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider the case this past summer.

A dozen voters filed a federal lawsuit in 2015, alleging Republicans unconstitutionally consolidated their power when they redrew the boundaries in 2011.  A federal three-judge panel agreed, but the state justice department appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

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One of the officers who was present at the January tasing and arrest of Sterling Brown of the Milwaukee Bucks has been fired, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales announced on Thursday.

But it wasn't the officer’s role in the arrest that led to his termination. It was his actions on social media afterward.

Chuck Quirmbach

If you’ve been traveling in downtown Milwaukee recently, you may have noticed crews conducting test runs on the streetcar. With the streetcar’s initial 2-mile route opening Nov. 2, some people have safety concerns.

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The City of Milwaukee Health Department announced Thursday it has identified the first probable human case of West Nile virus (WNV) of 2018.

WNV is spread to a person through the bite of an infected mosquito. It is not transmitted person to person.

According to the health department, most human cases occur in August and September. The health department advises residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

Susan Bence

Update 3:15 P.M.

Bevan Baker did not appear before the Steering & Rules Committee meeting Thursday, but committee chair Ashanti Hamilton said the former health commissioner will participate in a public hearing. Hamilton didn't announce the hearing date. He said council members needed to be briefed by the city attorney.

Michelle Matternowski

The conversation surrounding criminal justice reform in Wisconsin has the community crossing party lines to talk about solutions.

The Across the Red & Blue Divide event, which took place in Glendale on Sept. 6, included a panel discussion and small group discussion circles.

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Madison has overtaken Milwaukee, in terms of the cities' overall property values. That's according to the Wisconsin Policy Forum, a nonpartisan organization that looks at state and local government.

WUWM's LaToya Dennis talks with Research Director Jason Stein about the reasons for the change and what the property value indicator means. Stein says the shift was a long time in the making.

Susan Bence

People worldwide recently protested climate change in the “Rise for Climate” march. Last Saturday, thousands took to the streets of San Francisco, the site of this week’s Global Climate Action Summit, and hundreds gathered in downtown Milwaukee. 

Azam Niroomand-Rad was among 350-plus people who walked through downtown Milwaukee.

“We are here so people are aware of their environmental problems so that in November they will be able to vote for the candidates who support environmental issues,” she said.

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