Maayan Silver

The Wisconsin Senate took up 50 bills and joint resolutions in its floor session Tuesday.

Many of the bills passed unanimously and with significant bipartisan support. They addressed issues ranging from electric bicycles to human trafficking and loan forgiveness for minority teachers.

Here are some highlights:

Sexual assault test kits

Two bills that easily passed will help establish protocols for handling sexual assault evidence kits.

Chuck Quirmbach

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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Halloween, Oktoberfest, and Dia de los Muertos all make October a time to party in Milwaukee. This month there are so many community events in the area, both to celebrate the holiday and celebrate what it means to be a Milwaukeean. 

Ana Martinez-Ortiz is a community engagement reporter for the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service. Here are her top picks for must-attend events this October.

Chuck Quirmbach

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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.

Maayan Silver

It’s been more than a year since the U.S. and China became entangled in a trade war.

A small percentage of Wisconsin manufacturers export their products to China. But a much larger portion import Chinese components for their products or assemble their products in China and get them shipped here.

One Milwaukee business that imports from China is Fyxation Bicycle Company. Owner Nick Ginster says the tariffs have significantly hit the Riverwest business.

Barbara Miner

Every week, two dozen or so Latinos meet on Milwaukee’s south side. They're studying to become U.S. citizens. It is an often-unnoticed response to the current political climate, as President Trump made reshaping immigration the centerpiece of his 2016 campaign, his presidency, and his 2020 re-election bid. 

The Latino population — or, to use a gender-neutral term, the Latinx population — has grown steadily over the years. It accounts for almost 20% of Milwaukee's population today.

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Driving down poverty and increasing wellness — these are among the critical challenges being tackled at the annual Summit on Poverty.

The two-day program is a collaboration between Marquette University and the Social Development Commission. It’s designed to foster creative conversations among community leaders, educators, and members of the community. 

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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


Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson is supporting President Trump in light of an impeachment inquiry from House Democrats. Johnson says he sees nothing wrong with Trump asking Ukraine and China to investigate former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden and his son. And Johnson says it's "perfectly appropriate" for American law enforcement agencies to enlist the help of other countries.  

In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com what he makes of Johnson's steadfast support of the president.

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It's Mental Health Awareness Week. For many in the Latino community, despite progress made, mental health remains a taboo topic.

Amy Osorio-Ayala and Amira Rupnick are both students in Milwaukee. Both are passionate about raising awareness around mental health, especially in the Latino community.

Osorio-Ayala believes one reason mental health isn’t spoken about much in the Latino community is because people aren’t educated on it. And it’s seen as a bad thing.

Mark Savage

This may be overstating it some, but if ever there were a modern-day Volkswagen Beetle in both spirit and style, it would be Kia’s sweet Soul.

Angelina Mosher Salazar

Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) came under fire Thursday night over a recent collaboration with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The message from those testifying at the Fire and Police Commission meeting was clear: move quickly on a policy that prohibits Milwaukee Police Department’s collaboration with ICE.

Chuck Quirmbach

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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Do you love going to concerts? Or seek out live albums from your favorite bands or artists?

If you're anything Zack Biernat, you really dig live shows.

"I love listening to live music and I love going to see shows. I found there's a lot of live albums available now on Spotify or YouTube, so I've been listening to a lot of my favorite bands, and I always enjoy that," he explains. 

But Zack also wants to know what live albums were recorded in Milwaukee. So, he reached out to Bubbler Talk:

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In most Wisconsin school districts, 4-year-olds can attend kindergarten. But the programs are usually for just part of the day. State legislators are now considering two bills that could expand full-day kindergarten options for children under 5.