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Despite demands to delay Wisconsin's spring election due to coronavirus concerns, it's still set for April 7. So on Tuesday, Milwaukee County residents will vote for the next county executive. Two state lawmakers are vying for the position: Democratic state Rep. David Crowley and Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson.

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Despite demands to delay Wisconsin's spring election due to coronavirus concerns, it's still set for April 7. So on Tuesday, Milwaukee County residents will vote for the next county executive. Two state lawmakers are vying for the position: Democratic state Rep. David Crowley and Democratic state Sen. Chris Larson.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has most of us staying at home. But that can be difficult when you’re trying to sell or buy a home — and perhaps most difficult when you’re the person trying to help people buy or sell a home.

>>The Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage

But despite the obvious complications, realty agent Ginger Lazovik says business is charging ahead at full speed with the help of some digital aids. 

Essay: Tomboys

Apr 1, 2020
Barbara Miner

Lake Effect contributor and self-described tomboy Barbara Miner shares her thoughts about a New York Times opinion piece, Bring Back the Tomboys.

One of my most vivid memories of second grade was when I wrestled the class bully. In my version, I was the winner. He stopped only because he didn’t want to get pinned by a girl.

Yes, I was a classic tomboy.

Maayan Silver

Two candidates are vying for Milwaukee mayor in the upcoming Wisconsin general election: incumbent Mayor Tom Barrett and Democratic state Sen. Lena Taylor.

Teran Powell

Ahead of the April 7 general election, we’re profiling candidates for state and local races that are important to southeast Wisconsin. That includes the two candidates for Milwaukee Mayor: Incumbent Tom Barrett and state Sen. Lena Taylor

>>Meet The Milwaukee Mayoral Candidates

5 Card Studs, Guerilla Ghost, Johanna Rose, Cashfire Sunset

Matt Wild is one of the co-founders of Milwaukee Record, which describes itself as an online source for music, culture, and gentle sarcasm. Among the many cultural things Milwaukee Record keeps track of is a nearly exhaustive list of new music from local musicians. 

Here's a selection of Matt's Milwaukee Music Roundup, which includes some special, and timely, songs:

Lucien Jung

Being stuck indoors can make it difficult to stay fit and healthy. Some have turned to online classes, vitamin supplements, and exercises that can be done easily in smaller spaces — like yoga.

Milwaukee instructor Molly Sommerhalder got hooked on yoga 20 years ago after taking classes at the YMCA. Through her daily practice, Sommerhalder says she's significantly healed her irritable bowel syndrome, decreased chronic anxiety and come to better understand herself.

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While cases are much higher in the city of Milwaukee, confirmed cases of the coronavirus are on the rise in North Shore communities as well. Director/Health Officer Ann Christiansen gives WUWM a glimpse of the inner workings of the North Shore Health Department.

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If all goes according to plan, you might see a $1,200 deposit in your bank account sometime in the next few weeks. The 3 million people who’ve recently filed for unemployment will get an extra $600 a month, and people with kids will get even more money.

Barbara Miner

This weekend will mark one year since a homeless man was found beaten to death on the steps of a Milwaukee church. Johnny Smith, 53, was found dead in his sleeping bag outside Redeemer Lutheran Church on March 29. 

The congregation was deeply impacted by the tragedy and this weekend had planned to honor Smith with a special service. But, like many other churches, Redeemer Lutheran has be forced to close to the public. However, the service will still go on virtually. 

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There are a lot of buildings currently under construction in the heart of Milwaukee. New hotels, apartments and office buildings — the city is experiencing a huge transformation. But with the COVID-19 pandemic and a looming recession, there are lots of questions hanging over these projects. 

>>The Latest WUWM & NPR Coronavirus Coverage

Maayan Silver

The COVID-19 pandemic is having unprecedented effects on American life, including in Wisconsin, which has a safer-at-home order. So naturally, the upcoming Marquette Law School Poll will focus on the coronavirus in addition to the more traditional questions about politicians and their approval ratings. While the poll's release date hasn't been announced yet, director and pollster Charles Franklin says it will be sometime before the spring election.

Lauren Sigfusson

It’s hard to be “safer at home” if you don’t have a home.

Homeless shelters and other social service groups around the world have struggled to keep their communities housed, clothed, and fed during the coronavirus pandemic. Not only does the virus threaten the health of homeless people themselves, transience can also spread the virus to the broader public.

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As the nation hunkers down at home, we’re simultaneously staring down an impending recession brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s still unclear how the recession will unfold, but economists fear we could be looking at an unemployment rate higher than during the Great Depression of the 1930s.

It was just over a decade ago that the Great Recession led to skyrocketing unemployment, home foreclosures, and stagnated wages. But it seems that Wisconsin has learned some things in the time since the Great Recession.

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