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Bonnie North

Thursday, March 21, at the Women’s Club of Wisconsin, the consortium of musicians called Milwaukee Musaik will present an evening of chamber music. What makes this concert different is that all of the pieces on the program are composed by women - from living composers Alyssa Firsova and Milwaukee’s own Emily Cooley, to 19th Century composers Louise Ferrenc and Henriette Renié. These are works that often don’t get programmed, but that's not because the compositions aren't worthy of being heard.

Maayan Silver

While the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court is officially non-partisan, during this election season appeals court Judge Brian Hagedorn is being backed by conservatives, and fellow appeals court Judge Lisa Neubauer is backed by liberals. 

As the April 2 election approaches, the candidates say that partisanship has no place on the court, and both say they want to improve the public’s confidence in an independent judiciary.

LaToya Dennis

The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee has removed the names of two former Milwaukee Archbishops — William Cousins and Rembert Weakland — from buildings as part of the church’s response to sexual abuse by clergy.

The Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center, which was named in honor of William Cousins, will be renamed on Friday.  And Rembert Weakland’s name has been removed from the parish center at St. John the Evangelist in downtown Milwaukee.

Cousins and Weakland led the Milwaukee Archdiocese between 1958 and 2002 and helped cover up clergy sexual abuse of children.

Mitch Teich

A couple of years ago, Milwaukee-area realtor and writer Kathleen Davis was on the verge of sending her oldest child off to college, and that got her to wondering whether childhood and adolescence had truly prepared him for the indpendence that he'd soon have. The result was her book You Never Told Me That! A Crash Course in Preparing Your Kids for Independence.

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Lawmakers in New Zealand are reportedly working to revise that country’s gun laws, following this month’s mass shootings at two mosques that killed at least fifty people and wounded others. It’s a story that has resulted in a worldwide conversation about white nationalism, gun violence, and how we talk about terrorism. 

UW-Milwaukee police say a man shot by officers on campus Tuesday morning is hospitalized in stable condition.  University Police Chief Joe LeMire said at a news conference that two officers found the man, armed with a gun, sleeping on a bench inside the Fine Arts complex building around 7 a.m.  An altercation occurred and the man was shot.  

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All across the world people are grappling with how to deal with hate crimes. Fifty people were killed last week in New Zealand after someone opened fire at two mosques. It’s in the aftermath of such heinous crimes that questions such as how and why and when will this end are the most prevalent. 

Fatih Hartpci teaches religion at Carthage College in Kenosha. He was saddened by the incidents in New Zealand but says hate can also be found here in Wisconsin.

Susan Bence

More than one hundred students staged a walkout Monday at the Milwaukee School of Languages on the city's west side. It was a follow-up to a global call for action on climate change on Friday orchestrated by teenagers around the globe - from Albania to Venezuela.

The rallies were inspired by a spunky Swedish student. Greta Thunberg staged weekly sit-ins outside the Swedish Parliament, criticizing her government for doing too little about climate change.

Chuck Quirmbach

A failure with counting riders on the downtown Milwaukee streetcar, known as The Hop, is being fixed. That's according to Mayor Tom Barrett. Others are concerned that such a new service as the streetcar has already experienced a significant problem.

Operators of The Hop say infrared sensors that count people coming onto or leaving the streetcar started failing on three of the five cars in early February.

That's important because ridership on The Hop is currently free, so there's no way to tally riders based on fares collected.

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Foxconn says its manufacturing facility in Wisconsin will be producing LCD screens by the end of 2020, with construction set to begin later this year. 

The news comes after the Taiwanese electronics giant last year scaled back plans for its massive new factory in Racine County, then sent mixed signals about whether it planned to suspend work there altogether. The company cited shifting market demands for its hesitation to build a huge factory near the Illinois border.

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There are more than 40 million victims of human trafficking around the world, according to statistics from the International Labour Organization. The group says 25 percent are children, and 75 percent are women and girls. It’s a multi-billion dollar industry that enriches the perpetrators through the sexual slavery of their victims.

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After months of anticipation, Milwaukee was chosen last week as the site of the Democratic National Convention in July of 2020.  The city beat out two other finalists — Houston and Miami Beach. President Donald Trump narrowly won Wisconsin in 2016.  

In this week's "Capitol Notes" conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross, of wispolitics.com, what kind of message Democrats hope to send in choosing Milwaukee.  

In the late 1800s, Milwaukee was a city defined by industry. Among other things, the city was the world’s largest primary wheat market, which made the city a hub of business. Like other wealthy Milwaukeeans, grain trader Daniel Newhall capitalized on the influx of people by creating a luxury hotel known as the Newhall House. At six stories, it was one of the largest buildings in the country when it was built in 1857.

Chuck Quirmbach

The state of Wisconsin has spent a lot of money redoing the Zoo Interchange — and it wants to spend more. But has traffic congestion been reduced for commuters? And why does more work need to be done?

More work on the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee County would take place if Gov. Tony Evers' state budget proposal goes through. The governor wants action on the far north end of the interchange, from roughly Swan Boulevard to Burleigh Street. 

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Mark Savage

There’s no denying that Toyota has done well with its RAV4, one of the first small SUV/crossovers on the market, and it continues to be among the most popular in its segment.

For 2019, Toyota restyles the RAV4 to give it a more chiseled nose that easily calls to mind Jeep styling. Plus, it’s a throwback to its own boxy FJ Cruisers of years past. From the outside the new RAV looks fabulous, exuding more personality than ever before.

The RAV is practical too in that it historically holds its value and lasts an eternity.

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