Ann-Elise Henzl

News Reporter / Executive Director of Project Milwaukee

Ann-Elise Henzl has been a reporter at WUWM since 1993. She got her foot in the door three years earlier, as a newsroom student intern. Ann-Elise divides her time between daily general assignment reporting and working on longer, researched stories. Ann-Elise is also Executive Producer of WUWM's Project Milwaukee series.

Ann-Elise has won numerous awards, including the national Edward R. Murrow award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association (for best use of sound in a story). In addition, she has frequently been recognized for her reporting on the welfare system, the environment, and health care.

Ann-Elise earned English and Mass Communication degrees from UW-Milwaukee.

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Two Republican state lawmakers want to ban the sale of fetal tissue and create rules for its disposal.

The proposal comes on the heels of a controversial hidden camera video that a California group shot. It shows a conversation between a Planned Parenthood medical director in California and people who are, unbeknownst to her, abortion opponents. They pretend they’re interested in purchasing fetal specimens, and discuss prices.

The video outraged abortion opponents, such as Matt Sande, director of legislation for Pro-Life Wisconsin.

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When a teenage girl was shot to death this week in Milwaukee, the city’s homicide count hit 86 -- matching the total for all of 2014. Not long afterward, state and Milwaukee officials announced plans to prosecute more gun crimes.

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For 75 years, Milwaukee required its employees to live within city limits. The state budget Gov. Scott Walker approved two years ago banned the mandate. An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the city’s rule trumps state law.

In 2013, Walker said he wanted to end the residency requirement because he felt “strongly that people should have the freedom to choose.” Walker referred to the Milwaukee mandate as a wall designed to keep in employees. He insisted it was not key to the city’s success.

For 75 years, Milwaukee required its employees to live within city limits. The state budget Gov. Scott Walker approved two years ago banned the mandate. An appeals court ruled Tuesday that the city’s rule trumps state law.

In 2013, Walker said he wanted to end the residency requirement because he felt “strongly that people should have the freedom to choose.” Walker referred to the Milwaukee mandate as a wall designed to keep in employees. He insisted it was not key to the city’s success.

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In April, the state began requiring some form of work in exchange for FoodShare benefits.

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration also wants to drug test participants, although the USDA says blanket screenings are illegal.

Each month the work mandate kicks in for thousands more FoodShare recipients, when it’s time for their annual benefits renewal.

State Medicaid Director Kevin Moore says there are a couple ways people can satisfy the work requirement.

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The plan to use public funding to help build a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks has cleared a major hurdle. Wednesday evening, the state Senate approved the deal on a vote of 21 to 10.

Republicans had to convince a number of Democrats to go along with the plan.

Before the vote, senators made a few revisions to the bill they took up last week in the Joint Committee on Finance.

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The state Senate could vote as soon as Wednesday on a financing package for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

It would include contributions from state and local government, in addition to the funding the Bucks’ current and former owners have committed.

Under the plan the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance held a hearing on last week, Milwaukee County’s share would come, in part, from $4 million a year in debt collections. The arena plan calls for the state Department of Revenue to assume the county’s role in debt collection.

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Supporters cheered on Gov. Scott Walker as he announced his presidential bid on Monday. At the same time, his detractors gathered outside the Waukesha County Expo Center to share their views.

Tom Mulvenna, a local leader of the American Federation of Teachers, summed up the crowd’s sentiments.

“So we are here today to warn America: Scott Walker has been wrong for Wisconsin, and he’d be even worse as president of the United States,” Mulvenna said.

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When Gov. Scott Walker announces his run for the White House next Monday, his supporters will relish the chance to cheer their candidate. Meanwhile, his critics will be just as eager to share their views.

Fewer than half of Wisconsin voters were happy with the job Walker is doing as governor in the most recent Marquette Law School Poll.

Presidential campaigns won’t be the only ones vying for voters’ attention as next year’s elections grow near. The other campaign that will gain steam is the race to prepare people for Wisconsin’s photo ID law.

The law will require voters to present government-issued identification at the polls.

This past spring, the U.S. Supreme Court ended the legal challenges to the law. That’s caused groups that fought the requirement to shift gears.

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