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Trains rumble through downtown Milwaukee on a daily basis. Each week, up to 14 of them haul crude oil.

While the city has not experienced any accidents with those tankers, there have been disasters elsewhere, both in the U.S. and Canada.

We wondered, is Milwaukee making progress in protecting the area from a potential accident?

Ask Cheryl Nenn of the group Milwaukee Riverkeeper - her answer is an unequivocal no.

If you applied for an absentee ballot – you need to know about a new state law. It requires you to mail back your ballot earlier than in the past, so that it arrives by 8:00 P.M. on election night, otherwise, your vote won’t count.

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

Lake Michigan is experiencing high water levels. That phenomenon has turned the lives of some people living along its western shore upside down. Huge chunks are eroding, and dozens of homeowners are watching their property slip away at alarming rates.

Randy Vassh is working along a stretch of lakefront homes in the Village of Caledonia, maneuvering his excavator in tandem with his co-worker. The huge machines operate in three feet of water and stretch mechanical arms 30 feet out into Lake Michigan. They scoop up huge rocks and place them back along shore to slow erosion.

Disciplinary proceedings are now underway against the Milwaukee police officer, whose actions sparked unrest in the Sherman Park Neighborhood. He fatally shot Sylville Smith in August.

The District Attorney has not announced whether he’ll file charges in that case. But the DA has now charged Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown with five counts of sexual misconduct. The new accusations stem from an attack that allegedly happened the same weekend as the shooting.

Michelle Maternowski

Like many of her fellow Milwaukeeans, Lynne Woehrle was sad to hear the news of protests and violence in Sherman Park over the summer.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has been ruffling feathers lately by suggesting there could be massive fraud at the polls on Nov. 8. Local elections officials are among the many refuting Trump's allegations and insist every voters' ballot will count.

At a campaign stop in Green Bay, Wisconsin this week, Trump said: "They even want to try to rig the election at the polling booths. And believe me, there's a lot going on."

He repeated his claim of a 'rigged' election during Wednesday's debate:

Wisconsin’s two candidates for U.S. Senate debated one final time Tuesday night. It took place on WISN-TV in Milwaukee. Republican incumbent Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Russ Feingold spelled out how they differ. 

From the outset, the two candidates made it clear that they would spend a lot of time trying to tie each other to their party’s presidential candidate.

While incumbent Ron Johnson blasted Secretary Hillary Clinton over her private e-mail server, former Senator and challenger Russ Feingold said that Trump is not qualified to be president.

Michelle Maternowski

A new batch of data on Wisconsin schools is bringing more attention to Milwaukee’s achievement gap.

The good news: the feds say Wisconsin boasts the 6th highest graduation rate in the country.

The bad news is the state also has the biggest gap between black and white students who finish high school in four years.

Military veterans have to tailor their resumes in order to clearly link their experience to the qualifications of the civilian job they're seeking. They also face another challenge: living without the routine and fellowship they had grown accustomed to in military life.

Randy Jackson of South Milwaukee served in the Navy in Desert Storm and left the military in 1993. He says it took him years to adjust to life as a civilian.

Amanda Lee

In Milwaukee and across the country Monday night, buildings were lit with images denouncing rape culture.

The topic of sexual assault has reached fever pitch since a 2005 recording of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump was released where he joked about not having to ask women for permission to inappropriately touch them. Women have also lobbed allegations sexual misconduct at former President Bill Clinton, husband of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

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Thousands of people turned out to see Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in Green Bay Monday night. Trump vowed to win Wisconsin in November and reiterated familiar promises to build a wall at the Mexican border and renegotiate trade deals. But, Trump also rolled out something new - a package of ethics reforms that he says are designed to end government corruption.

Trump took the stage to chants of “USA” and “lock her up” in reference to his opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. Trump bashed Clinton for her ethics, after WikiLeaks revealed a slew of hacked emails.

Ann-Elise Henzl Reporter Milwaukee Public Radio

Many employers say they offer plenty of opportunities for new veterans just entering the civilian workforce. Yet some vets have to overcome hurdles as they begin their new careers.

When you hear glowing words like these about veterans, it seems like it should be a breeze for them to find jobs:

"They've had more experiences, they've been around the world, which certainly lends to the global environment that we have in our industry."

"They have the work ethic, the dependability, the maturity."

Bonnie Petrie

Rochelle Lopez lived in her car in the Milwaukee area for six months after serving two tours of duty in Iraq. Her story is not unique.  Female veterans are now the fastest-growing segment of America’s homeless population.

Oct. 17 update: U.S. District Judge James Peterson has signed off on the new one-page handout the state has created, to easily explain to would-be voters the process for obtaining photo identification for voting. The DOT will distribute the handout to ID applicants who visit DMV offices and also to voter advocacy groups.

Rachel Morello

One of the city’s most successful charter school networks, Milwaukee College Prep, has just moved closer to MPS.