LaToya Dennis

Its Black Friday - the official start of the holiday shopping season. In recent years, there’s been talk that the growing number of online sales would signal the death of traditional suburban American malls. The prediction hasn’t really panned out. Experts say that while shopping malls have had to adapt, they’re now seeing some of their best numbers since the late 1980s.

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WUWM's holiday series Life's Voices begins this year with a profile of Steve Paradowski.

He's a professional chef who's on disability after a stroke.

Yet he still cooks a couple of times a week for Kathy's House. It's a place that provides lodging to people who live out of town who travel to Milwaukee area hospitals for outpatient treatment.

Paradowski watches the sale papers for deals. Then he shops for the ingredients for his Kathy's House meals, storing them in his apartment near Mitchell International Airport.

The Wisconsin Supreme Court ordered prosecutors to destroy all the material collected, during their secret probes into Gov. Walker's 2012 recall campaign and activities of his aides while he served as Milwaukee County Executive.  Now D.A. John Chisholm and investigators are asking Federal Judge Lynn Adelman to preserve certain materials, while remnants of the cases continue. Those include a lawsuit a former Walker aide has filed against prosecutors. They claim they could need the evidence to defend themselves.

It might be alarming for UWM students to receive the occasional Campus Safety Alert informing them that an armed robbery or another crime took place nearby. Although alerts don’t happen often, they can trigger anxiety – along with reminders about playing it safe.

Sophomore Nataley Neuman is one of the students who lives a good distance from campus, and she has learned that walking alone might not always be a smart idea.

There are not nearly as many strikes these days versus years ago, but a big one is playing out in Sheboygan. Hundreds of UAW members have been picketing the Kohler Company, while contract talks have stalled. The union reportedly wants Kohler to abandon the two-tier wage system it enacted years ago. Cheryl Maranto says the outcome will be telling, because unions don't wield nearly as much clout as they did years ago.

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The rule requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, but a federal appeals court on Monday declared the law unconstitutional.

Supporters of the law claimed it would ensure the safety of women undergoing abortion in the event complications developed.

Opponents, including Planned Parenthood, challenged the law insisting it could force some clinics to close and thereby restrict women's abortion rights.

Monday's ruling by a three-judge panel upholds the decision a federal judge in Madison issued this spring.

LaToya Dennis

Having your car stolen might be an inconvenience for most people, but for those barely making it, suddenly losing a car throws things into a tailspin. 

Across the city, car thefts are up 67 percent compared to two years ago. WUWM looks at the impact of a stolen car on one Milwaukee family.

It’s around 7 am and Cesar Torres is patiently urging his four-year-old son Arturo to put on his tennis shoes, but there’s a meltdown. He doesn’t want to wear the shoes his dad has handed him, and he doesn’t know where his others are.

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Which bathrooms should transgender students use? That question drew scores of people to Wisconsin's State Capitol on Thursday.

They testified on a bill that would forbid transgender students from using the bathroom for the gender with which they identify. The same would hold for locker rooms.

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At the top of the GOP heap in Wisconsin is surgeon Ben Carson (22%), according to the new Marquette Law School Poll

Behind him are business mogul Donald Trump (19%) and Florida Senator Marco Rubio (19%). Two months ago, Trump led Carson 20%-16%, with Rubio next at 14%.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (50%) leads, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (41%).

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There’s talk in Wisconsin of resurrecting nuclear power. Right now, there’s only one working plant here, the Point Beach facility along Lake Michigan. 

The state imposed a ban on new nuclear plants in 1983 after a few scares elsewhere.

On Wednesday, dozens of people packed into a hearing at the State Capitol to testify on a bill that would lift Wisconsin’s moratorium. Most who weighed in say they favor the change.