Marge Pitrof

News Director

Marge has been with WUWM since it changed formats from music to news and information in the late 1980’s. Searching for a place where she could produce in-depth journalism, Marge was hired by WUWM as a reporter. For several years, Marge also hosted Morning Edition.

While a reporter, Marge was a frequent contributor to NPR and won numerous awards for her work.

Since fall of 2000, Marge has been managing the news department but still has the occasional opportunity to produce stories.

Prior to joining WUWM, Marge worked in commercial radio both as an afternoon news anchor and a field reporter. She also worked for short periods at a few TV stations.

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In January, the company established two set 10-minute breaks per shift, for Muslim employees to say their daily prayers. Beforehand, the 53 workers could say their prayers when their faith requires such as as sunset, which moves with the seasons.

When the company began enforcing the policy, dozens of its Muslim employees of Somali descent walked off the job in protest. Since then, according to the company, 32 of the workers have begun abiding by the policy, 14 resigned and this week, Ariens terminated seven who violated the company edict.

Joy Powers

Agents arrested 23-year-old Samy Mohamed Hamsez on Monday, after he bought machine guns and silencers from undercover FBI employees. Federal authorities say someone tipped them off in September that Hamzeh had planned to travel to Israel to attack Israeli soldiers and citizens living in the West Bank but later opted to plan a domestic attack at the Masonic temple in downtown Milwaukee.

Justin W. Kern

The two votes fell along party lines, with majority Republicans prevailing. Their overhaul of Wisconsin's century-old civil service system would, among other changes, eliminate hiring exams for applicants and protections for more experienced workers, create merit bonuses and centralize hiring decisions within the governor's Dept. of Administration.

Supporters insist Wisconsin must have more flexibility to quickly hire, promote and fire public workers. Opponents claim the change will open the door to cronyism.

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A Wisconsin manufacturer insists it's being reasonable with its Muslim employees. Starting this month, Ariens Company in Brillion has begun requiring its Muslim workers to pray during pre-assigned breaks, not when their faith requires prayer. The company says otherwise, the production line is disrupted. Dozens of those workers have left, but the group lobbying on their behalf is urging them to return, while it seeks negotiations.

Republican Rep. Scott Allen of Waukesha used state equipment to produce and post a Christmas video that cites Bible verses and invites non-believers to become Christians, according to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos.

In the video, Allen says, "For those who may watch this and are not Christians, I invite you to consider the hope offered by the Prince of Peace."

Michelle Maternowski

Snow, sleet and gusty winds have been making travel challenging. Plows and shovelers have not been able to keep pace with the wintry mix, while it has also limited visibility. As of 5:00 P.M., the City of Milwaukee will have dispatched 228 plows. When sanitation crews finish collecting trash on Monday, the city mounts blades onto the trucks so they can be put into service plowing streets. Salting operations have also been underway. The city is postponing garbage and recycling collections on Tuesday.

Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm filed a motion with the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Friday asking to intervene in court proceedings involving John Doe 2. It was investigating whether Gov. Walker's 2012 recall campaign illegally coordinated with issue advocacy groups.

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A panel of federal judges has ruled that 12 Democratic voters can continue their lawsuit against Wisconsin's Assembly district boundaries drawn in 2012. The suit claims the lines unconstitutionally give an advantage to one political party over another.

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The Republican bill Gov. Walker signed into law on Wednesday that will dismantle the Government Accountability Board, which has overseen state elections and ethics. The GAB will be replaced by two commissions, both comprised of political appointees.

One panel will direct elections and enforce election laws, the other will enforce the state's ethics code. The change will fully take effect on June 30, 2016.

 

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has set Friday, December 18 as the date the DAs involved in the secret probe of Gov. Walker's 2012 recall campaign must to decide whether to intervene. Two of the five prosecutors have declined. Of the three who remain, all Democrats, one is Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm.

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