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On the eighth day of protests in Wisconsin over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, demonstrations were held in a number of cities.

In Racine Friday evening, a coalition of community groups, including Voces de la Frontera and the NAACP, organized a car caravan that led to the county courthouse. Cars were decorated in support of Black Lives Matter, painted with words like “no justice, no peace,” sporting signs and even a Mexican flag.

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Protests are happening around the country following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck.

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Protests against police violence and injustices facing the black community are still going strong internationally.

In Milwaukee on Thursday, peaceful protests crossed the city for several hours for the seventh straight night, following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Demonstrations also call attention to the April death of Joel Acevedo, in Milwaukee. An officer, who was off-duty at the time, is charged in Acevedo’s death.

"Black Lives Matter" and "Walk with us" are just a few of the chants you can hear coming from the crowds. 

Chuck Quirmbach

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers calls the protests over the death of George Floyd in Minnesota a "watershed moment for the nation" and urges the Republican-controlled state Legislature to pass a bill limiting police use of force. Evers also wants other steps taken to address racial disparities in Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, state health officials are concerned about the protests and COVID-19.

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All prisoners and staff in Wisconsin's 36 adult prisons will be tested for COVID-19 under the state Department of Corrections' plan to resume more normal operations.

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Protests continue to happen around the country following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck and a black woman named Breonna Taylor was shot several times in her bed in Louisville.

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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says COVID-19 remains a threat, but there have been enough improvements in testing, tracing and other benchmarks to advance the city to Phase 3 of its Moving Milwaukee Forward Safely Plan. That means a number of Milwaukee businesses can expand their operations beginning Friday.

As of 2 p.m. Friday, bars and restaurants will be allowed to open their doors for indoor seating for the first time since mid-March. The number of customers must not exceed 25% of each restaurant’s capacity.

Michelle Maternowski

Protests are happening around the country following the May 25 death of George Floyd, a black man who died when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck. In Milwaukee, protests have been occurring since last Friday over Floyd's death and other cases of police brutality. Here you'll find ongoing updates about the protests in the Milwaukee area.

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Every month, Adam Carr from the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service joins us to talk about some of the community events that generally happen in Milwaukee. But this month, like seemingly every month lately, is different.

Milwaukeeans have been marching and protesting in neighborhoods throughout the city, calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality, among other social reforms. We’re also still in the middle of a global pandemic, which has many people stuck in their homes. 

Chuck Quirmbach

Wisconsin economic development leaders say they're still about 10 days from accepting applications for $75 million in federal grants to small businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic. But state officials also say they're working on the right message for independent-minded Wisconsin.


Officials at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport say airline passengers are slowly returning to the skies. They also say travelers should have a mask or other face covering with them.

As with many other airports during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mitchell lost about 90% of its business at one point. Mitchell official Pat Rowe says lately, passenger volume is up, but only about 10%.

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Summerfest 2020 is canceled. According to a press release, the Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Board of Directors decided to cancel this year's festival "due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

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In one short week, George Floyd has become an internationally recognized name. His death at the hands of Minneapolis police has people marching in many cities, demanding racial equity and an end to violence by police.

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Mars Cheese Castle, a multigenerational fixture along I-94 in Kenosha, posted "I can't breathe" on the store’s huge outdoor sign.

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Hundreds of people turned out Wednesday for a protest at the Islamic Society on Milwaukee’s south side. Demonstrators spoke out against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer. 

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One in four working Americans have filed for unemployment benefits since the coronavirus pandemic began a couple months ago, according to the Department of Labor.