WUWM News

Chuck Quirmbach

Around 4,000 construction workers put in nearly 2 million work hours to build the Milwaukee Bucks' new $524 million arena. But now that the construction is done, the focus turns to more long-term jobs.

Fiserv Forum opened last Sunday to great fanfare as tens of thousands of people stopped by the grand opening for a look inside.

Bucks leadership and local politicians, including Gov. Scott Walker and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, assembled in front of the building to offer some remarks and cut the ribbon to mark the arena’s official opening.

LaToya Dennis

Have you ever thought about opening a retail store? All summer long, some Milwaukee business owners have been getting the opportunity to test out having a physical store, free of charge. The program is called Pop-Up MKE, and it’s helped 19 minority entrepreneurs test out their dreams.

Tiffany Miller is one of those business owners. She says that, unfortunately, there’s a stigma attached to black business owners, especially in this city.

Teran Powell

White privilege is a phrase that can be heard in many conversations surrounding social justice issues across the country. Now, it will be the subject of a new stage play coming to Marquette University that opens Labor Day weekend.

Malaina Moore is the mastermind behind the "White Privilege" stage play. She’s a junior theater major, also working on a minor in social justice and welfare.

Emily Files

There is a new leader making decisions that affect about 80,000 Milwaukee schoolchildren.

Keith Posley took over as Milwaukee Public Schools’ interim superintendent a few months ago. He wants to turn around low-achieving schools, slash chronic absenteeism and boost enrollment. And he’s not the only one with great expectations. Other Milwaukee education leaders have high hopes for Posley himself.

“This work is all about children for me,” he said in an interview with WUWM.

LaToya Dennis

Three major Wisconsin companies announced on Tuesday a partnership with Foxconn to create a $100 million venture capital fund. Advocate Aurora, Foxconn, Johnson Controls and Northwestern Mutual are behind the “Wisconsin Valley Venture Fund,” which aims to spur development similar to what we've seen in Silicon Valley.

Maayan Silver

A recent ACLU stop-and-frisk lawsuit alleged that the Milwaukee Police Department was violating the rights of people of color during stops. The city paid out a $3.4 million settlement, which includes money to cover an independent consultant who will monitor the department’s progress on racial profiling.

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Milwaukee is one of three cities still competing to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Mayor Tom Barrett says that while Houston and Miami Beach have a lot going for them, Milwaukee makes the most sense.

“I think that the Midwest remains a battleground area for both parties, and I think both parties are interested in making sure that they are not forgotten in the ramp up to the 2020 elections,” he says.

Michelle Maternowski

Foxconn has pledged $100 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for a research institute in Racine County and for innovation research on the Madison campus.

While the company continues to build its electronics factory complex in Mount Pleasant, Foxconn says it wants a strong university partner to help develop a statewide environment for research and development in medical science, computers and materials science. Under agreements signed Monday, the UW-Madison will be that collaborator.

Susan Bence

Parts of Wisconsin recently experienced torrential rains. Roads flooded — or in some cases, washed out — in Dane and Iowa counties. Some state trails have closed until further notice. So, where does Milwaukee stand in its ability to cope with massive rain storms?

Teran Powell

Hip-hop has taken over Milwaukee. The popularity surrounding the genre is being used as a way to spark conversations about social issues through the city's inaugural Hip-Hop Week, which kicked off Monday at Miller High Life Theatre downtown.

In addition to performances by artists this week, hip-hop music has been incorporated into a series of events. They focus on things like financial literacy, health and employment opportunities.

The new Marquette Law School poll shows tight races for Wisconsin governor and U.S. Senate. The results reflect a survey conducted after the Aug. 14 partisan primary election.

The poll shows Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers and Republican Gov. Scott Walker tied at 46 percent among likely voters. In the new poll, Evers is two points behind Walker when it comes to registered voters.

Maayan Silver

While the U.S. Senate has yet to vote on President Donald Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a big question remains: If Kavanaugh or another conservative is approved, what would happen to Roe v. Wade?

If the case were overturned, in Wisconsin there's a law on the books that would make providing an abortion a felony. But, it is unclear whether that law could be enforced.

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In the aftermath of mass shootings across the country, Wisconsin schools are getting $100 million in state grants to keep students safe. The funding comes from the State Department of Justice’s new Office of School Safety.

DOJ recently announced that about half of the funding will go toward mental health-related efforts.

Maayan Silver

The Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales addressed the recent rash of homicides in the city at a press conference on Monday. He also gave an update on the department’s public safety efforts over the next six months, which includes establishing community relationships. 

Morales called the news conference after at least 15 people died by gun violence in August. Then, he put the numbers in context.

Reggie Moore

Milwaukee has seen a recent surge in gun violence. On Wednesday, the city had its 14th homicide in 15 days.

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