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Maayan Silver

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects hundreds of thousands of veterans nationwide. Many find ways to cope through counseling and support services, but some are finding volunteering to be a useful tool in further healing. 

William Sims knows this first-hand. He's a Vietnam combat veteran and says he had, what would now be classified as, PTSD symptoms when he returned from battle.

Eddee Daniel

The Milwaukee-based advocacy group Preserve Our Parks has rallied for public spaces, noteably Milwaukee County’s beautiful but financially beleaguered parks. In fact, Tuesday evening the group is holding a public meeting to rally support for a sustainable funding source for the system.

The Milwaukee Common Council Tuesday settled a lawsuit related to police practices

Milwaukee aldermen have approved a nearly $3.5 million settlement, related to the former police chief’s policy of routine traffic stops in high-crime areas. Edward Flynn set up the program in hopes that the practice would significantly reduce violent crime. But, the ACLU of Wisconsin filed a federal class action lawsuit last year. The organization claimed the policy amounted to thousands of illegal “stop and frisks” of African-American and Latino residents. The vote Tuesday followed a sometimes bitter debate.

Teran Powell

A fellowship program designed to match veterans with prospective employment opportunities could soon take root in Wisconsin. It’s called the Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program.

A collaboration between the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation held an information session about the program at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center on Monday.

Walking into the 36-acre Conservancy for Healing and Heritage feels like entering a period centuries before Milwaukee was “metro-ized.” This is despite the fact that the parcel is sandwiched between busy Loomis Road and Rawson Avenue in Franklin.

Marquette University, flickr

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court sided with Marquette professor John McAdams in their ruling Friday, saying McAdams shouldn’t have been fired over his blog post that criticized a graduate student who he believed shut down debate against gay marriage.

The Court concluded that Marquette University breached its guarantee of academic freedom and McAdams should be reinstated immediately.

Maayan Silver

President Donald Trump continues to show his displeasure with Harley-Davidson. Last week, the Milwaukee-based motorcycle company announced it will move more production overseas in response to retaliatory tariffs from the European Union. Several days in a row, Trump posted tweets criticizing the company for its decision.

Trump said the company's customers aren't happy with its move, and said it could be the beginning of the end for Harley. Then this week, Trump tweeted that his administration may work with Harley-Davidson's competitors to bring production into the U.S.

Teran Powell

This year’s Independence Day may have a new meaning for some state residents. That’s because hundreds of Wisconsinites recently became American citizens.

Today, they’ll be celebrating their first 4th of July holiday as such.

I attended the swearing in ceremony for soon-to-be U.S. citizens a few weeks ago, at the Peck Pavilion at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee. It was held in conjunction with Flag Day.

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Some Milwaukee residents and officials consider new Police Chief Alfonso Morales to be a breath of fresh air. Earlier this year, he took over for Edward Flynn, who retired. The Fire and Police Commission chose Morales to serve the final two years of Fynn's term. Morales has pledged to improve police-community relations, and some say he's making inroads. But a Milwaukee alderman thinks the public deserves a say in who heads the police department. 

He's pushing for a change that would allow citizens to elect the police chief.

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President Donald Trump appeared in Mount Pleasant midday on Thursday to break ground on the huge Foxconn LCD screen plant that's being built in the Racine County community. He spoke briefly at the ceremony, telling Foxconn CEO Terry Gou that Foxconn will "love Wisconsin."

Trump, Gou, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Christopher Murodock, Wisconsin's first Foxconn employee, used shovels with gold-colored handles to turn over the dirt.

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President Donald Trump will be in southeastern Wisconsin for much of the day Thursday. He will attend the groundbreaking ceremony for Foxconn's LCD screen factory in Mount Pleasant, and is expected to appear at a fundraiser at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

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President Trump once again called out Harley-Davidson over the company's decision to move some production overseas.

Courtesy of Preshes Johnson

Getting your life on track after being convicted of a crime -- or multiple crimes -- can be a daunting task. Preshes Johnson, a single mom of three children, has bucked the odds. She was discharged from probation early on a felony drug conviction, and has succeeded in obtaining a degree and landing a job in industrial maintenance.

Preshes' story is one of persistence, and of people coming together to give support, but she has certainly been through a lot.

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The August primaries are less than two months away, and a recent Marquette Law School Poll reveals that Gov. Walker’s approval rating is still below 50 percent. It is the first time, however, in four years, that his approval rating has been higher than his disapproval ratings.

The poll also breaks down how the ten Democratic candidates for governor are faring with Wisconsin voters and how they match up with Walker.

Michelle Maternowski

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The Milwaukee Common Council Wednesday unanimously approved a proposal that would have police cadets train at MATC and for the city to hire part-time officers.  The resolution now goes to Mayor Tom Barrett.

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Milwaukee could be looking at a future of part-time and seasonal police officers patrolling the city. The common council is meeting Wednesday to discuss the proposal. It also includes training police officers at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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