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Rental assistance recipients could soon be considered a protected class in Milwaukee County. A new proposal relating to fair housing would ban landlords from refusing to rent to people in housing assistance programs. 

The plan is expected to go before a county board committee later this month.

Current federal law does not require landlords to accept housing choice vouchers, therefore they can legally refuse to rent to voucher holders.

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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is suing the Trump administration over rules for Title X funding. The organization's branches in Utah and Ohio have joined the lawsuit. Title X gives grants to clinics to provide reproductive care for uninsured and under-insured people. Planned Parenthood says the Trump administration's new rules are illegal and will favor clinics that focus on abstinence education.

Susan Bence

Some Milwaukeeans are raising new concerns about the potential health risks associated with lead. Critics point to a cluster of infant deaths in the 15th Aldermanic District and think contaminated water might be to blame.

Teran Powell

National Drug Take Back Day has passed, but you can still dispose of your old, unused medication whenever you want in Milwaukee County.

Advocates for ending the opioid crisis in Milwaukee County are ensuring people that they don’t have to solely rely on drug take back events once or twice a year to get rid of their unwanted medications.

Take Back My Meds MKE is the program making that possible.

Maayan Silver

Milwaukee's Fire and Police Commission has voted a second time to name Alfonso Morales chief of police until early 2020.

This past February, when Edward Flynn retired, the citizen panel promoted Morales from the position of captain to that of interim chief. Many people assumed Morales would remain in that role until the commission completed a search for Flynn's replacement. Then last month, the panel decided Morales should serve out Flynn's four-year term, which would have ended in 2020.

Outrider Foundation

The Outrider Foundation's website opens with a dramatic satellite view of the earth slowly rotating as the sun blazes in the background. Click on climate change and images of intensely populated, highly industrialized scenes unfold. A giant ice formation crashes into an icy sea.

Marti Mikkelson

Community leaders are hoping a $10,000 grant will help Milwaukee get its arms around the ongoing issue of eviction. The money will go toward developing a long-term plan to keep people in their homes. 

Mayor Tom Barrett announced the grant Wednesday from the “Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin” Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Teran Powell

Thousands of people marched in Waukesha Tuesday for the annual A Day Without Latinxs and Immigrants in Wisconsin.

The demonstration is usually held in Milwaukee, but this year’s organizers moved it to Waukesha.

People from across the state participated in support of immigrants’ rights, but also in opposition to 287(g). The latter is a program that would allow local law enforcement to act as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.

Teran Powell

Milwaukee has launched a new effort focused on improving the life outcomes of African-American men and boys. The program, called Rumble Young Man, Rumble, kicked off at City Hall Monday.

It's a project created by the national group Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

Leaders from the organization and the city say black men and boys are constantly in a “fight” to exist in the spaces they occupy in society. This program looks for ways to support them in those battles.

Susan Bence

If you have plans to visit the giant IKEA store in Oak Creek, be on the lookout for a 3-foot-tall wooden fence. It's not just for show, it is a wall that will help keep nearby salamanders from wandering into the store's parking lot.

The structure is called an amphibian exclusion barrier and divides Falk Park from IKEA.

At the time of the store's construction, Julia Robson was natural areas coordinator with the Milwaukee County Parks. She knows the 222-acre park well.

Susan Bence

Foxconn's massive manufacturing project slated to take shape in what is currently rural Racine County successfully jumped through two major environmental hoops this week.

Water Diversion

Wednesday, the City of Racine’s request to divert Lake Michigan water and deliver it to the Taiwanese-owned LCD plant got the green light.

The request has received a lot of attention and raised a great deal of concern among critics.

Prosecutors have charged two erstwhile UW-Oshkosh officials in connection with a financial scandal involving building projects.  Former Chancellor Richard Wells and former Vice Chancellor Tom Sonnleitner were each charged Thursday with five felony counts of misconduct in office. 

The UW Board of Regents sued the two last year, alleging they concealed millions of dollars in improper financial transfers to the university's nonprofit foundation, to help the organization execute five real estate development projects. 

Marti Mikkelson

With just over six months until the mid-term elections, Vice President Mike Pence fired up a crowd of Republican voters in downtown Milwaukee Wednesday. He focused on the GOP tax cuts in particular, in a speech at the Wisconsin Center. The vice president also hosted a fundraiser for Gov. Walker, who faces a potentially tough reelection bid this fall.

Maayan Silver

This spring, Foxconn will begin preparing for construction of its massive LCD screen manufacturing plant in Racine County.

During phase one of construction, buildings will go up beginning late this year or early next year.

As planning progresses, the Taiwanese company is conducting information sessions around the state to explain to businesses how to bid for construction-related contracts.

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Vice President Mike Pence will be in Milwaukee on Wednesday to help fill Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign coffers.

Pence is scheduled to host a fundraiser for the Republican governor at night. During the day, he will talk about the Republican tax plan at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. The group America First Policies is hosting the event.

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