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Teran Powell

It's possible that thousands of Milwaukee residents will go to the polls this fall and find that they're no longer registered to vote.

Two years ago, the state of Wisconsin joined ERIC, the Electronic Registration Information Center, which aims to maintain the accuracy of voter lists and encourage access to voter registration by comparing data.

Althouse

It was a busy day at the State Capitol, as Republican lawmakers scrambled to pass some of Governor Walker’s key election-year initiatives.

Tuesday began with Senate and Assembly leaders at odds over Walker’s school safety plan – along with a proposal to close the Lincoln Hills juvenile prison and a bill that would give families a $100 per-child tax credit.

But in the end, lawmakers were able to iron out their differences.

Susan Bence

Milwaukee has a lead problem. Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers isn't waiting for city leaders to come up with a comprehensive plan, instead it is holding workshops to inform families how to better protect themselves.

Their second Lead-Safe Home Workshop will take place this Wednesday, March 21 from 6 to 8 pm at the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, just off 27th Street on Center.

Susan Bence

Along the shore of Lake Michigan, a coal-burning power plant occupies more than 1,000 acres of land in Oak Creek. Joe Dubanewicz, who lives nearby, has been wondering about the plant, so he reached out to WUWM's Beats Me with his concerns.

“I am wondering if the coal ash ponds are leaching into the groundwater. Who tests the groundwater and are there any monitoring stations for coal dust?” he asks.

Teran Powell

Students at Rufus King International High School in Milwaukee joined in solidarity Wednesday with students across the country, as part of a national walkout. The peaceful protest marked one month since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead.

The MPS students participated in memory of the victims, and also to discuss gun violence and gun control - students say enough is enough.

Teran Powell

The downtown freeway is in the middle of a makeover. Part of the High Rise Bridge is getting a concrete overlay, with construction affecting traffic within the Marquette Interchange.

There are long-term closures of a number of lanes and freeway ramps. To many drivers, work on the freeway has become a nuisance -- and feels like it's never-ending, but some experts on highway construction say the bridge is right on schedule.

Marti Mikkelson

Community leaders called for an “all hands on deck” approach Tuesday to an outbreak of HIV and syphilis in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Health Department says more than 120 people, including some high school students, have been affected. 

Nearly two dozen community leaders packed into a room at Milwaukee City Hall to offer solutions.

Marti Mikkelson

The City of Milwaukee is giving away free gun locks in response to the accidental shooting death of a nine-year-old girl. Police say Miyanna Jelks was fatally shot by her nine-year-old brother in an apparent accident on the city’s north side.

Her parents have been arrested on charges of operating a drug house, child neglect and leaving a gun within reach of a child. City leaders and community activists shared ideas Monday that they hope prevent similar tragedies.

LaToya Dennis

Every year in Milwaukee, thousands of eviction notices are filed. The state Senate is expected to take up legislation later this month that critics say unfairly favors landlords -- and would increase the number of evictions. Republican proponents maintain it’s about ensuring quality housing for tenants in the most affordable way to landlords.

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

While advocates of bringing Foxconn to Mount Pleasant stood behind delivering Lake Michigan water to the plant, people in the crowd at the public hearing Wednesday remained unconvinced.

In order to get water to Foxconn, the Racine Water Utility hopes to pipe Lake Michigan water from the Great Lakes basin across Racine County, into the Mississippi River basin that eventually drains into the Gulf of Mexico.

Critics of the Foxconn plant coming to Racine County often have complained that there’s no way for many workers from Milwaukee to get there. So, Milwaukee County Board Chairman Theo Lipscomb is proposing a new bus service to transport people from the city to the plant.

While testifying before the Milwaukee County Board’s transportation committee on Wednesday, Lipscomb said it’s an exciting time for Milwaukee and urged the county not to pass up an opportunity to get involved in the effort to connect area workers to Foxconn jobs.

Teran Powell

During a committee meeting at Milwaukee's City Hall Tuesday, residents and citizen groups said the city does not need another strip club.

James Harrison, owner and operator of Tatou Ultra Pub on the city’s north side, and his attorneys attended the meeting in hopes of renewing the license for his pub’s operations, but residents were upset with the plan.

Susan Bence / Milwaukee Public Radio

The Taiwanese-owned LCD manufacturing facility will require loads of water for its production process. The Racine Water Utility wants to extend service to provide that water.

Foxconn's massive campus will be located where I-94 and Highway 11 intersect in Mount Pleasant.

Eric Thayer/Getty Images

The latest Marquette Law School poll shows Gov. Walker hasn’t been able to move the needle on his approval ratings this election year. That’s despite his efforts to land the massive Foxconn factory in southeastern Wisconsin. The poll also gives us a glimpse at how Democrats are faring in their effort to unseat Walker.

A national group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a lawsuit this week against Gov. Walker -- for not calling special elections in two vacant legislative seats.  Instead, Walker has scheduled them during this year's regularly scheduled elections in August and November.  

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