Chuck Quirmbach

Innovation Reporter

Chuck Quirmbach joined WUWM in August 2018 as Innovation Reporter, covering developments in science, health and business.

Prior to that, he worked for Wisconsin Public Radio in Milwaukee and Madison, covering the environment, energy, and Milwaukee news of statewide interest.

He is a graduate of the UW-Madison.

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Milwaukee needs to take some bold steps if it's going to make gains in creating jobs and scientific breakthroughs related to clean water. That was the recommendation of several experts at a forum at Marquette University on Tuesday.

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State regulators have given preliminary approval to a deal pertaining to the closed We Energies coal-fired power plant in Pleasant Prairie. That action could drive down a proposed utility rate hike

But the Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin says Thursday’s ruling doesn't lock in how the state will handle additional coal plant shutdowns that are expected in coming decades. 

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The Federal Reserve cut interest rates on lending by a quarter percentage point on Wednesday. Many analysts predicted another rate cut to spur business growth and head off a potential recession. But a national economist told hundreds of people in Milwaukee Tuesday that consumer spending should be able to keep the U.S. economy going anyway. 

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A new study says there would be substantial health benefits in the Upper Midwest if more electricity from solar and wind power is added and coal-fired generation is cut back.

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Siblings. They know exactly what button to push. Yet, they also know what motivates you. It seems like the Milwaukee Bucks are embracing that brotherly bond this season. Not one, but two pairs of siblings are on the 15-man squad.

The Bucks signed star player Giannis Antetokounmpo's brother Thanasis Antetokounmpo this year. While 27-year-old Thanasis Antetokounmpo is older, he has only played in the NBA for one year. 

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A national study co-led by a Wisconsin researcher indicates burnout among doctors, nurses and other health care personnel is a significant problem. The report released Wednesday by the National Academy of Medicine also outlines some ways to prevent and reduce burnout. 

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Construction is underway on a large solar energy farm 90 minutes north of Milwaukee, and state regulators are considering approval of a second farm nearby. These projects, along with one approved this year for southwest Wisconsin, would be the first so-called utility solar developments in the state. That's because they are large and electric utilities like WE Energies are closely involved. 

But as with controversies over more traditional power plants, some neighbors aren't sold on big solar.

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The local host committee for next summer's Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Milwaukee says it's still looking for money, hundreds of sites, and thousands of volunteers.

The convention runs July 13-16, 2020.

Officials have been trying to raise $70 million to pay for buses, parties and other things for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination event, including more than $20 million locally. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says the fundraising is coming along.

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Less intrusive monitoring of seniors may be coming to more nursing homes. That's one of the technologies being refined at a newly remodeled building at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers paid a visit Tuesday, and says he expects more breakthroughs.

The Milwaukee company Direct Supply is a huge supplier of equipment and services to the senior living industry. The company has just updated its Innovation and Technology Center on the MSOE campus.

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The Big Boy All-Weather Rifle, made by Henry Repeating Arms in Rice Lake, has been voted winner of this year’s Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest. It's the fourth year for the competition, which is run by Johnson Financial Group and the state's largest business organization, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce.

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The Green Bay Packers held off the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, 34-24, in yet another memorable game between the two NFL franchises. Author Mark Beech delves into the Packers-Cowboys rivalry, and many other NFL doings, in his new book The People's Team: An Illustrated History of the Green Bay Packers

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Foxconn appears to be trying to add more workers in Wisconsin. The controversial tech firm that's building a factory in Racine County has kicked off a series of hiring events, including Thursday at its headquarters in downtown Milwaukee.

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Many of Wisconsin's 23,000 prison inmates will eventually be released. A new program tries to get more ready for the world of work, including training some women at Taycheedah Correctional Institution to be welders.

The women's prison near Fond du Lac also has a new state-staffed job center, which helps inmates search for work. The Evers administration says similar job centers are coming to two Milwaukee-area correctional facilities by the end of 2019.

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A UW-Milwaukee center that works on disability issues is developing an online way to inform people about access to public buildings like restaurants. It's hoped the computer system will be ready by the time the Democratic National Convention comes to town next summer. But once finished, the access ratings could be used by anyone.

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Two of the roughly two dozen U.S. nuclear power plants that have shut down in recent years, or are planning to close, are on the west shore of Lake Michigan.

The former plants are not all that far from Milwaukee — near Kewaunee, Wis., and Zion, Ill. This week, a federal agency is holding meetings in those communities to discuss where the plants are in the shutdown, or decommissioning process, as well as a possible increased role for the public.

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