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In Wisconsin, Users Of Cannabis And CBD Are As Close As Main Street

In a tiny room inside a hair salon in Viroqua, Wis., two women gaze over a glass case. They have driven 30-some miles down the Mississippi River from La Crosse just to check out Kickapoo Kind, a shop established last summer in the heart of the state’s politically liberal Driftless region. On a Saturday morning, customers flow in and out of the shop, where a neon CBD sign glows in the window and a fan spreads the smell of cannabis as soon as you walk in the door.

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Chuck Quirmbach

Microsoft has announced a gift worth $1.5 million to the Connected Systems Institute, which is based at UW-Milwaukee. The institute is a statewide collaboration among academia, industry and state government that helps industry optimize data and improve manufacturing automation.

Microsoft President Brad Smith announced the details of the donation at a news briefing Monday afternoon at UWM. He said the gift includes $1.25 million in cash, $250,000 in cloud computing credits and $80,000 in computer hardware.

Tensions continue to rise between the United States and Iran following last week's sharp escalation in which Tehran downed a U.S. drone and the U.S. conducted cyberattacks against an Iranian intelligence group.

On Monday, President Trump announced financial sanctions against Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and several other top officials.

Courtesy Rahr-West Art Museum, City of Manitowoc, Wisconsin

Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened its "Chagall’s Le Cirque" exhibit. It’s the first time the complete collection of Marc Chagall’s 23 color and 15 black-and-white circus themed lithographs has been shown here. The collection is also showcasing objects from Wisconsin's circus history, 

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Since 1884, the Milwaukee Public Museum (MPM) has been giving Wisconsinites and the state’s many visitors a passport into the natural world. Many people who grew up here have memories of school field trips and sleep overs, and now bring their own kids and grandkids to experience it.

The Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee's version of the state budget is scheduled to go to the Republican-controlled Legislature this week. The plan would cut taxes by more than $300 million over two years, while raising title and vehicle registration fees to help pay for roads.  

The state Assembly is expected to approve the budget on Tuesday. But it could run into trouble in the Senate, which Republicans control by five seats. Two GOP senators say they'll vote against it and if a third flips, the budget could die in the Senate.  

Chuck Quirmbach

Four low-income areas of Milwaukee continue to be designated "Promise Zones," where city officials say they're making special efforts to create jobs, improve education and reduce crime. On Saturday, a bicycle tour through one of the zones on Milwaukee's north side offered both a look at the promise of the neighborhoods and some of the challenges.

For millions of Americans, this week's debates will be their introduction to many of the almost two dozen Democrats running for president, vying for the chance to try to unseat President Trump next year.

Twenty of the candidates will debate over two nights — Wednesday and Thursday — in Miami on NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. Some lesser-known candidates will be hoping for a boost, and those who are better-known have pressure on them to perform.

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Mary Alice Monroe is best known for her New York Times bestselling series The Beach House. While beaches and the ocean can be a relaxing getaway and a magical place to live – the beach can also pose a significant risk, especially in Hurricane season.

The Bubbler

Artist Lydia Diemer and writer Riley Hanick have a thing for large bodies of water. Diemer and Hanick are the current artists in residence at The Bubbler, a Madison Public Library creative space that gives artists a way to work directly with patrons. Their water-inspired project is called The Office of Oceanic Feeling.

The title comes from the French writer Romain Rolland. He coined the term “Oceanic Feeling” as a way to describe the feeling of being one with the universe.

Mitch Teich

J. Hardin and Hayward Williams were both solo singer-songwriters working in Milwaukee, constantly "bumping into each other along the road." They even worked on each others' solo records.

"We liked the process of working together so much that we both just subconsciously [started] writing songs that the two of us could perform together," says Williams.

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