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While Scott Walker was governor of Wisconsin for eight years, many people on both sides of the aisle believe his defining moment came in the earliest days of his tenure. That was the point at which a special legislative session resulted in the passage of Act 10, which greatly reduced the bargaining power of state employees.  

The Legislature went on to pass so-called Right to Work laws in 2015, which prohibit labor contracts requiring people to join a union if their job falls under certain categories.

Teran Powell

If you plan to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum in February, you can expect to be immersed in Haitian culture — by watching performances, or creating your own Haitian-inspired art. The museum is using Haitian dance, music and storytelling to celebrate Black History Month.

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Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner was buried Wednesday, on what would have been his 36th birthday. He was fatally shot on Feb. 6 while executing a search warrant. His memorial service was held at The Assembly of God Church in Oak Creek.

Thousands filled the church in Oak Creek to commemorate the fallen officer. Some law enforcement officials traveled thousands of miles to honor Rittner, who served 17 years on the Milwaukee Police Department.

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It's under a foot of snow right now so no one’s spending any time there. But that doesn’t mean the Dan Kiley-designed grove of chestnut trees along the south side of the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts is out of the spotlight.

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This weekend, 14 teams of high school students from throughout Wisconsin will be competing in the SkillsUSA Wisconsin Carpentry TeamWorks State Competition at the State Fair Exposition Center. Four-person teams will construct a section of a home from scratch in just under 12 hours, and the finished product will include far more than just four walls.

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You may know the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but how about the man? Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski was a pro-wrestler from South Milwaukee, whose career spanned from the 1950s through the 80s. His tagline, “The man who made Milwaukee famous,” was a nod to his character, which was pure Milwaukee.

Milwaukee native Chris Multerer - known professionally as Chris Curtis - made a name for himself in the world of pro-wrestling. He spent more than 25 years in the ring, competing largely in the midwest against some well-known opponents, including national names like Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura.

Maayan Silver

Three former Milwaukee County Jail employees have pleaded guilty in the dehydration death of Terrill Thomas. Thomas’ death shed a spotlight on the jail’s health services provider, which was charged criminally in his death. Milwaukee County is taking steps to change the health services provider at the jail, who is in charge of both medical and mental health care.

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Gov. Tony Evers wants to increase state special education funding by $600 million. The dramatic proposal follows a decade of flat state funding, despite rising costs to serve students with disabilities.

Right now, the main state support for special education only covers about a quarter of school districts’ costs. It’s up to local districts to make up the difference.

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The Wisconsin Association of Railroad Passengers, a railroad passengers group with nearly 700 members, is trying to steer the idea of a second daily Amtrak train across Wisconsin into reality. Town hall meetings will be held Wednesday and Thursday evenings on the possibility of a shorter, more reliable, Empire Builder. 

Amtrak's current Empire Builder train runs from Chicago, through Milwaukee, to the Twin Cities, all the way to the West Coast.  

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New Democratic Gov. Tony Evers promised on the campaign trail to provide a middle class tax cut. Republicans who control the legislature have the same goal, but getting there may be an ordeal.

The state Assembly passed a bill Tuesday that would tap a budget surplus to pay for a $340 million annual tax cut for single and joint filers. The measure goes to the state Senate on Wednesday, but if the GOP proposal is approved Evers might reject it, as he has a different approach in mind.

In the 1960s, there were few Black people on television outside of civil rights or Vietnam War images. There were a couple of sitcoms that had Black characters, but by and large, TV was created for and reflective of white audiences.

Ellis Haizlip wanted to change that and was the driving force behind the television show, Soul!, which showcased Black artistry and activism. 

Chris Kessler

Valentine's Day is just a couple days away and for many that means one thing and one thing only: candy. The annual lovefest has become a celebration of all things sweet - whether it's a piece of chocolate cake at the end of a romantic night out or anticipation of half-priced candy the following day. 

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Dentists and community health care groups are debating a plan from Gov. Tony Evers to improve access to dental care in Wisconsin.

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Two former Milwaukee County Jail employees are awaiting sentencing for their role in the jail dehydration death of Terrill Thomas in 2016. All three employees who were criminally charged were fired for their role in Thomas’ death—and one has been sentenced already.

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