WUWM News

The goal is to locate photos of all 1,161 Wisconsin soldiers who died in the Vietnam War, by Memorial Day. One has remained particularly elusive, that of Willie Bedford, who attended high school in MPS.

Andrew Johnson, owner and publisher of the Dodge County Pioneer Newspaper started the search, after his son passed away fighting in Afghanistan in 2012. He was an Army captain.

"We need to recognize the great price that was paid; we can never waste that. My son would want me to live a full life. He'd want me to do something with my life," Johnson told students.

LaToya Dennis

City leaders are remembering Ald. Joe Dudzik today as a proud family man and one who fought for his constituents. Dudzik died after hitting construction barricades while on his motorcycle Thursday night on the city’s southwest side. On Friday Alderman Jim Bohl fought back tears.

“I was proud to have alderman dudzik as a colleague, but I was more proud to have him as a very close friend,” Bohl says.

Wisconsin's State Capitol
Ann Althouse, Flickr

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, better known as WEDC, is in the limelight once again. 

State lawmakers in 2011 created the public private agency that replaced the Department of Commerce. Back then, the Walker administration argued that WEDC would be more efficient and create more jobs. However, since its inception the agency has been plagued by problems of job creation and retention and accountability to name a few. On Thursday, the state’s budget committee tackled how to move forward with WEDC.

Ann-Elise Henzl

Milwaukee’s homicide rate far exceeds last year’s at this time. Outbursts of violence have punched several neighborhoods particularly hard.

Last weekend, for instance, bullets struck five people who had gathered to mourn the killing of a teen. The COA Goldin Center at 23rd and Burleigh is about one-half mile away from the quintuple shooting.

At the end of the school day, the center’s basketball courts are packed. So is a table where high schoolers are playing chess. The scene in the Amani neighborhood appears picture-perfect. Quan Caston can’t say the same about the area.

Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard and Rep. Joel Kleefisch invited city officials to an informational hearing on Wednesday, to explain a computer malfunction affecting the Milwaukee Police Department. The problem has resulted in several videotaped interrogations being inaccessible.

The two GOP legislators chair committees related to public safety and criminal justice, but Milwaukee Democrats accused the two of calling the hearing simply to slug the city politically.

Democrat Sen. Fred Risser kicked-off the meeting with a question.

FRANK JUAREZ / FLICKR

The Milwaukee School Board will hold its first meeting Thursday since the Legislature’s budget committee approved several items that could greatly impact MPS. Perhaps the biggest would be the creation of a Recovery School District. 

It would give an independent commissioner oversight over failing MPS schools. At Thursday night’s school board meeting, members are expected to discuss giving the MPS superintendent similar powers.

Milwaukee School Board member Larry Miller says the state budget language stunned him.

Althouse

The Legislature's budget committee on Wednesday morning undid Gov. Walker's cut to K-12 schools while approving an expansion of the state's voucher school program.  

The Joint Finance committee worked into the night and restored all of the $127 million cut the governor had proposed for the first year of the two-year budget.

In addition, the panel approved a measure that would allow $100 per student in funding for the second year of the budget.

Marzky Ragsac Jr., Fotolia

Hot-button issues came before the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee on Tuesday. Many votes fell along party lines, with Republicans approving items in Gov. Walker’s budget and Democrats resisting, unsuccessfully.

The committee approved one of Gov. Walker’s proposals that would require certain residents seeking unemployment benefits, food stamps or Medicaid coverage to be tested for substance use. Those who fail could keep their benefits if they enrolled in taxpayer-funded treatment.

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga explained his support for the plan.

A Milwaukee Democrat is hoping to increase the number of young people who vote.

State Rep. Mandela Barnes' bill would let 16- and 17-year-olds pre-register to vote when they apply for a driver's license or state ID card. Then, when they turn 18, the state would automatically add them to the voting rolls.

Mike Wilder is co-chairman of the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable in Milwaukee. He says similar laws in other states have helped increase voter participation among young people.

Marti Mikkelson

Wisconsin might end its Chapter 220 program. It started decades ago to integrate public schools in the Milwaukee area. A federal judge ruled in 1976 that they were unconstitutionally segregated.

Gov. Walker wants to phase out Chapter 220 over a 12 year period; he cites minimal participation. On Tuesday, the legislature’s budget committee will vote. We spoke with people who hold strong opinions about the program.

Pages