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The birds aren’t the only thing you’ll hear these days at the local organization We Got This' community garden.

There’s the sound of the jackhammer from construction across the street, as the group builds an expanded gathering center and fruit orchard.

One motto of We Got This is “Putting the Neighbor Back in the Hood.”

It's a non-profit focusing on community building in a predominantly African-American neighborhood. One of its initiatives invites youth to work on its community garden on 9th and Ring.

Susan Bence

A Bubbler Talk listener was curious about Milwaukee's breakwater, wondering where the rocks came from, and how they ended up standing in the middle of the harbor. WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence explored the subject for this week's segment.

Maayan Silver

In the next few years, riders can expect big changes to the county's bus system. The Milwaukee County Transit System is conducting the first comprehensive evaluation of its services in at least 40 years.

That's because the transit landscape is a lot different than it was 40 years ago. 

As Brendan Conway, spokesman for the Milwaukee County Transit System, says: "we have rideshares, and bike shares, and people walk and there are more livable cities, but yet our transit system hasn’t kept up with the times."

After weeks of speculation about whether the “blue wave” would continue in Wisconsin, the results from Tuesday’s special elections are in, and they are mixed.

Republican Jon Plumer of Lodi won an Assembly seat north of Madison. He garnered 54 percent of the vote, to defeat Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd.  Meanwhile, Democrat Caleb Frostman collected 51 percent, to topple GOP state Rep. Andre Jacque for a state Senate seat in the Green Bay area.

Both districts lean heavily Republican, and both parties are claiming some sort of victory, in light of the varied outcome.

Wisconsin's State Capitol
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The campaigns for two vacant legislative seats in Wisconsin have been watched closely, with observers wondering whether the results would help gauge the strength of the "blue wave" in this midterm election year. The contests drew national attention and big campaign donations. The outcome on Tuesday was mixed, with a Democrat capturing one seat, and a Republican capturing the other.

Democrat Caleb Frostman won the state Senate seat in De Pere, defeating GOP state Rep. Andre Jacque. Meanwhile, Republican Jon Plumer defeated Democrat Ann Groves Lloyd for an Assembly post in Lodi.

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Legal experts and regular citizens alike are awaiting the United States Supreme Court decision in a landmark redistricting case.

In Gill v. Whitfordplaintiffs argued that Republican legislators shaped Wisconsin's political boundaries in a way that was discriminatory to Democrats. 

Susan Bence

Late last week County Executive Chris Abele appointed long-time parks employee Guy Smith to become director. Smith has experience at several levels within the Milwaukee County Parks.

First starting in 2004 as trails coordinator, Smith quickly grew into supervision and management and transitioned to several roles within the department - including deputy regional manager of land resources and chief of operations.

When then director John Dargle resigned late last November, Smith was tapped to fill in as interim director.

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Voters in De Pere, WI will select a new state senator Tuesday. Meanwhile, voters in Lodi will choose a new member of the Assembly. Special elections are being held to fill two vacancies.

Observers are wondering whether the elections could be a litmus test for the “blue wave” in Wisconsin, in this midterm election year.

Democrats are campaigning hard to win the seats, while Republicans are fighting just as hard to keep them.

Wispolitics.com Editor JR Ross talked about the special elections and other issues in this week’s Capitol Notes segment.

Maayan Silver

The Fire and Police Commission is mandating that the Milwaukee Police Department conduct an audit of the Sterling Brown incident.

Brown is the Milwaukee Bucks rookie who officers tased and arrested last January after finding his car parked across two handicapped spots at a Walgreens on the south side.

Susan Bence

Forty-eight Lake Bluff Elementary School students spent much of their third grade year learning about stormwater. They had a handy model outside their door.

A grassy soccer field used to occupy the northeast corner of the school yard, but was recently transformed to tennis courts, in honor of the school's recently retired principal.

However, what was thought to be a loving and activity-inducing project came with environmental headaches. The school district realized it had to meet Wisconsin stormwater drainage requirements.

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Pridefest Milwaukee starts Thursday, kicking off the city’s busy festival season. Thousands are expected to celebrate at events running through the weekend.

If you plan to join the activities, you may come across an attraction that’s sure to be a topic of discussion. It's a new approach to educating people about sexual health in Milwaukee.

Maayan Silver

The University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents is set to approve a new budget that would increase student fees for the 2018-2019 school year, as well as the cost of room and board. This comes at a time when the UW System has been dealing with both a tuition freeze, and cuts in state funding.

The UW Board of Regents' spending plan calls for raising student fees at four-year schools an average of $33 per student. Room and board would increase an average of $118 per year.

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Update:

Newly released police body camera footage reveals more about what officers said and did, in their scuffle with NBA player Sterling Brown in Milwaukee. Brown was tased and arrested early on a January morning, but he was not charged with a crime.

Almost two weeks ago, the Milwaukee Police Department released the highly anticipated video footage of the altercation between several officers and the Milwaukee Bucks rookie. Police confronted Brown, after noticing his car parked across two handicapped spaces at a Walgreens on the city’s south side.

Maayan Silver

With all this talk about the "Blue Wave," and Democratic victories in special elections lately -- in Wisconsin and other states, Democrats are gearing up for big fights in November.

Susan Bence

UPDATE: The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) said during a press conference Friday it found no surprises in the Wisconsin Department of Health Services report. FLAC spokesperson Robert Miranda added,  "Nothing new came out of ciy hall either....We've know that these families have not been treated, have not been provided the services that the state paid for, but yet we have not received any word from city hall or the health department stating what they have tried to do to find these families and help these families."

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