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A major change to Wisconsin’s FoodShare program took affect this week. Starting April 1, able-bodied adults with no dependent children must work at least 20 hours a week or enroll in a job training program. If not, they’ll lose food stamp benefits.

We visited a public assistance center on Milwaukee’s near north side to talk to people about the new rule. Marie Peete says she has no problem with Wisconsin’s new rule. It demands FoodShare recipients to either work part time or enroll in job training.

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Temperatures are expected to stay mild this weekend.  And like mole people, many of us will emerge from our dark spaces to enjoy the springtime.  Maybe it’ll be a good weekend to tune up your bicycle for the warm weather.

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In the decades since the end of the Vietnam War, this country’s relationship with Vietnam has changed a lot.  The two countries have strong economic ties now, but perhaps more importantly, more Americans are traveling there as tourists – including many Americans who once fought there as soldiers.

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Reclamation and preservation of historical buildings can be part of an overall gentrification scheme.  But historical preservation can also take place in the midst of other economic development.  In fact, advocates for preservation say it can serve as a catalyst for growth.

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April first is a day when many news outlets will sneak in at least one false story in the spirit of April Fool’s fun.  There’s one story in the news today, though, that Lake Effect essayist Avi Lank wishes weren’t true:

The law setting wages for certain public works projects has been on the books since the early 1930s. The debate over its future seems to pit taxpayers and skilled workers.

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What happens to us after we die is a question we have wrestled with since humans became self-aware. Some of us believe in a heaven, some in karma and reincarnation, others in the great void, and many of us prefer not think about it at all.

Vivian Probst has thought about it – and written about it in her debut novel Death By Roses. Her protagonist, Mae Rose, experiences an unusual, and funny, death – and a life of sorts after it.

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Music has its Grammy Awards. The movie industry has the Oscars.  Live theater has the Tony Awards. But when it comes to revitalizing Milwaukee neighborhoods, the name on the awards is "MANDI."  

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Downtown Milwaukee is in the midst of a building boom, including along the Milwaukee River.

The city credits its ongoing Riverwalk construction for luring people to a stretch of land most had ignored.

Now as the decades-long project nears an end, builders are gobbling up the remaining land along the walkway.

There have been so many projects along the Milwaukee River, you can’t write a list that’s both short and comprehensive.

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Congress continues its investigation into the VA Medical Center in Tomah.

Staff there are accused of over-prescribing painkillers to some patients, leaving them listless. In one case, a man died of an overdose.

On Monday, Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson led a hearing on the charges.

WUWM wanted to hear local veterans’ opinions about the allegations. So we sat down with a few, at Vets Place Central on Milwaukee’s west side.

The men say they’re outraged over the allegations at the Tomah VA Center.

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