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Milwaukee Public Schools will conduct an internal investigation into its former partnership with a troubled charter school company.

The decision comes about a month after federal prosecutors announced bribery charges against former MPS Board President Michael Bonds, who left the board last year. Bonds was accused of accepting at least $6,000 in bribes from Philadelphia-based Universal Companies.

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Mental health experts believe about 6 million people in the United States suffer from some degree of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  It’s a mental condition that wasn’t even officially recognized by science until the 1980s. It now represents a significant public health issue, among people as varied as combat veterans and small children growing up in violent homes.

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This year is the centennial anniversary of the U.S. Congress passing the 19th amendment. Although women would not officially get the right to vote until a year later, states began to ratify the amendment in 1919.

The first state to ratify the amendment was none other than Wisconsin. But the state’s own history with women’s voting rights is a bit complicated.

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Gullah is the Creole language of the Gullah people who live on the coast of South Carolina and nearby islands. Gullah has an English base with elements from various West African languages incorporated into it.

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The Wisconsin Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in one of the challenges to laws the Republican-controlled Legislature passed in December's lame-duck session. The laws were designed to limit the powers of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul.

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President Donald Trump continues to tweet messages claiming the U.S. is winning its staredown with China over tariffs and trade. After some thaws in the relationship earlier in his presidency, Trump and his administration have upped the rhetoric and put tariffs in place. The goal of the tariffs is to shift the balance of trade more in favor of the U.S.

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The battle between Democrats and Republicans over the next two-year state budget is in full swing.

Tuesday, members of the Joint Committee on Finance voted unanimously on several measures meant to improve water quality. They included Gov. Tony Evers' plan to borrow $13.5 million for the clean water program and $3.6 million for the safe drinking water loan program.

» Tony Evers Chats About Wisconsin's 'Year Of Clean Drinking Water'

Jay Lawrence

Every month, cellist Robert Cohen talks about his life as a touring, classical musician. Yet over the years, he has never talked about one of the most essential parts of any musician's life: the audition process.

Cohen says he's fortunate to be past the point in his career where he has to worry about upcoming auditions. But for most musicians, auditions are a necessary entry point to work. Cohen talks with Lake Effect's Bonnie North about the audition process for classical musicians:

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If the last couple of days are any indication, spring may finally be sticking with us. For some people that might mean the chance to get out and work in the yard. Others may be relishing the opportunity for spring sports like golf.

The May issue of Milwaukee Magazine features two covers. The traditional front cover focuses on Fitness, but if you flip the magazine upside down and onto its back, you'll see another cover, and a series of articles, devoted to golf. 

Susan Bence

WUWM recently explored the challenges southeastern Wisconsin experiences in ensuring clean water to its citizens. Project Milwaukee: Great Lakes, Troubled Waters asked: with so much of the world’s freshwater right next to us, why is access such an issue?

One problem has been lead in the water supply of many old homes, which have lead lateral lines. Lead is also a problem in old paint in homes and the soil around houses.

Susan Bence

If you're feeling blue about news that a million of the world's species are threatened, this might boost your spirits: A "barn swallow condo" is going up in Waukesha County.

A group of UW-Milwaukee students teamed up with a conservation biologist and a landscape architect to help design the barn swallow habitat prototype.

Lauren Sigfusson

Dancing in the streets — it’s something you don’t often see in Milwaukee, let alone on the corner of Water Street and Wisconsin Avenue. But that’s exactly what Angel Alvarez was doing during last Friday’s lunch hour.

With earphones in, he was bringing out the funk in an eye-catching outfit. For about an hour, he was showcasing his range of moves: mostly improvisation, but he says also interpretations of waltz, tango, foxtrot, rumba and cha-cha.

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Republicans on the Joint Finance committee last week stripped many of Gov. Tony Evers' policy items out of his proposed budget. Evers campaigned on many of these issues, including expanding Medicaid, as well as legalizing medical marijuana and decriminalizing small amounts. Republicans also rejected Evers' plan to borrow up to $40 million to replace lead pipes, mostly in Milwaukee.

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We're looking at the impact of using "loaded" words, such as labels that describe certain areas of Milwaukee, in our latest Beats Me. For example, "inner city" is a term that may ignite many thoughts.

Mark Savage

If you’re in the market for a compact crossover there’d better be a good reason you haven’t test driven a Hyundai Santa Fe yet. You’d be crazy not to.

The five-passenger Santa Fe, formerly the Santa Fe Sport, practically sets the bar for this crossover segment for everything perhaps except handling. Mazda’s CX-5 excels there.

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