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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It's been a deadly summer in some Milwaukee neighborhoods. Now, state lawmakers are considering increasing penalties for certain gun crimes.

A proposal would create mandatory minimum sentences for felons who possess firearms. Currently, judges have discretion over the length of such sentences.

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For the last few months, Wisconsin residents who get food stamps have had to meet a work requirement. 

It’s one of a number of changes lawmakers have approved, or are considering, for the FoodShare program.

Supporters say the changes are about helping people become self-sufficient. Advocates for the poor believe the changes are about making benefits harder to obtain.

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If Wisconsin Republicans voted in their presidential primary today, 25% would pick Gov. Scott Walker, according to the new Marquette Law School Poll. In April, 40% said they would select Walker.

Most state GOP voters favor other Republican candidates. Following Walker (25%) are Ben Carson (13%), Donald Trump (9%), Ted Cruz (8%), Marco Rubio and Carly Fiorina (each 7%) and Jeb Bush (6%).

Gov. Scott Walker has long been an opponent of the Affordable Care Act. Now, he’s announced a plan to repeal and replace president Obama’s signature legislation, if elected president.

Walker calls the Affordable Care Act “a disaster,” and argues Americans don’t support it.

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Problems have plagued the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation almost since its inception. Lawmakers continue tinkering with the public-private agency, trying to change it to their liking. Yet WEDC appears to be a permanent part of the political landscape, just as Gov. Scott Walker intended.

WEDC was one of Walker’s first “babies.” He announced its creation when he took office in January 2011.

“We will transform the Department of Commerce into a public-private partnership that will effectively promote commerce throughout Wisconsin,” Walker said.

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The family of Tony Robinson, Jr. has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of Madison. Robinson is the biracial 19-year-old who was killed by Officer Matt Kenny in March. Robinson was not armed.

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Gov. Scott Walker stopped at State Fair Park Wednesday morning. The purpose of his visit was to sign into law the state’s funding package to help pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

The plan commits $80 million in state funding to the roughly $400 million dollar project. The deal calls for contributions from the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County, as well. The lion’s share of the taxpayers’ responsibility will come through bonds the Wisconsin Center District issues. The Bucks current and former owners are contributing a combined $250 million.

The Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors has released its July report on home sales for the four-county area, which includes Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Washington and Waukesha counties.

The report says 2,199 homes were sold in July, a 12.1 percent increase over July of 2014. Last month was the six month of positive sales, and the fifth month of double-digit sales.

The association says “buyers are out in force,” while sellers “are pricing their homes correctly,” resulting in a balanced market, in which neither the buyer nor the seller dictates a home’s price.

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The City of Milwaukee has clarified its position on whether its employees must live within city limits, at this time.

The City issued a statement Friday in response to last month’s Wisconsin Court of Appeals decision, which ruled that Milwaukee can require its workers to live in the city – despite the fact that the budget Gov. Scott Walker approved two years ago ended the mandate. The police union, which opposes the residency requirement, has asked the state Supreme Court to take up the decision.

The City's statement reads, in part:

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Some children are spending part of the summer at a farm, where they’re helping to grow fruits and vegetables. The premise of the program is that kids who know where food comes from – and how to prepare it – will become healthy adults.

Lauren Haska has a big job, because the kids know little about fruits and veggies in their natural state. She is the Hunger Task Force's educator and dietician at the Franklin farm.

Haska recalls a former student who struggled to pull a carrot from the earth.

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