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#RaiseMKE - Sept. 2, 2019
"Things are getting worse": Drug overdose deaths continue to menace Milwaukee
If current trends continue, Milwaukee County could record 423 overdose deaths in 2019, its highest total in a decade, according to the medical examiner's office, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
#RaiseMKE - Aug. 17, 2019
Unrest in Sherman Park, 3 years later: Have police-community relations improved?
It's the new normal in Sherman Park - although it is not clear whether it's that much different than before, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
Movies & TV - July 27, 2019
Podcast creators work to change narratives, spur civic action
In 2017, Kyle Hagge and Ben Rangel launched "Bridge the City," a podcast that investigates politics, criminal and youth justice, elections and more. Instead of just highlighting problems, however, the podcast focuses on solutions - and action, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
Kids & Family - July 22, 2019
Low-income parents struggle to find affordable child care, report shows
The number of families participating in Wisconsin Shares that pay more than their family's expected copay amount has been increasing over the past 13 years, according to a Wisconsin Policy Forum report released Thursday, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
Dining - May 5, 2019
Taco truck issue on West National Avenue still unsettled, group says
The last-minute deal between Arandas taco truck owner Francisco Santos and Ald. Bob Donovan - which came after a proposal from the alderman to ban food trucks along a stretch of West National Avenue was vetoed by Mayor Tom Barrett in March - has failed, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
#RaiseMKE - April 20, 2019
Police chases nearly triple since change in Milwaukee pursuit policy
Milwaukee police chases increased from 369 to 940 from 2017 to 2018, with more than one-fourth of those chases resulting in accidents, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
#RaiseMKE - March 24, 2019
Milwaukee inmate's death raises alarms about Corrections facilities
The death of an inmate in the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility has prompted concerns about safety at the facility while a new report alleges other serious lapses by Wisconsin Department of Corrections staff, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
Dining - March 16, 2019
Will the Common Council override the mayor's veto of the taco truck ban?
Although Mayor Tom Barrett has vetoed a ban of food trucks along a stretch of West National Avenue that runs from South 27th to South 39th streets, the issue appears to be far from over, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
#RaiseMKE - March 10, 2019
MATC Promise program gives thousands an education lifeline
Launched in 2017, MATC Promise, which provides a free education for low and middle-income students, was originally open only to new high school graduates in the Milwaukee area. Last year, it expanded to include adults who started but didn't finish college, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
Living - March 3, 2019
Is Milwaukee safe? What you need to know about the city's lead crisis
The issue of lead poisoning continues to be a magnet for controversy in Milwaukee, where more than 1 in 10 children tested in 2016 had blood lead levels above five micrograms per deciliter. Here's some things you need to know about the lead controversy in Milwaukee.
Arts & Entertainment - Jan. 13, 2019
Daughter of famed muralist carries on family tradition with new COA murals
Rozalia Hernandez-Singh is carrying on her father's love of creating art for the community with two murals inside the COA Riverwest Center, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
#RaiseMKE - Dec. 23, 2018
BID hopes to return vibrancy to Villard Avenue
The Havenwoods EDC is working with stakeholders on Villard Avenue to help turn the neighborhood around by attracting new businesses and spurring other improvements in the area, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
Buzz - Nov. 17, 2018
Legislators hope to build on momentum created by results of marijuana referendum
The voters have spoken, and it's clear that they are ready to see marijuana legalized in Wisconsin, said Rep. Melissa Sargent, discussing the results of last week's referendums on the issue, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
Buzz - Nov. 3, 2018
Milwaukee groups urge residents to vote "yes" for legalizing marijuana
WJI, ACLU of Wisconsin, MICAH and several state leaders are calling for voters to support legalization of medicinal and recreational marijuana by voting yes to the non-binding referendum question on their ballots Nov. 6, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
Buzz - July 8, 2018
Awareness campaign grows after two suspected synthetic marijuana-related deaths
K2 can produce a high similar to that of marijuana use but can also cause paranoia, hallucinations and other intense effects. The Attorney General warns it can also cause death, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
#RaiseMKE - June 30, 2018
Residents struggle to overcome state's tough expungement laws
Maurice Buchanan said he served time in prison for his crimes but he's not finished paying for them. He doesn't have a job, he said, because employers eliminate him as a candidate or fire him because of his past criminal record, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
Buzz - May 12, 2018
Mitchell Street Sun Fair cancelled due to new state legislation
The first weekend of June will be much quieter on Historic Mitchell Street this year. The annual Sun Fair, which typically runs from South 7th Street to South 11th Street, has been cancelled, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
#RaiseMKE - April 28, 2018
Local author writes book to help teens overcome abuse
The book began as a series of journal entries written in the middle of the night. Pieced together, a story of survival unfolded, said author Eileen Alvarado, resulting in "Hope Looks Like You: Surviving Abuse," Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
#RaiseMKE - April 8, 2018
Controversy increases over shuttered Mitchell Street Social Security office
The Mitchell Street SSA branch closed on March 22, but controversy continues over whether it followed its own policies for closing the office and whether it defied an order from Congress to halt the shutdown, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
#RaiseMKE - March 10, 2018
South Side residents voice concerns about law enforcement at summit
The relationship between law enforcement and residents of Milwaukee's South Side is broken - but not irreparably. That was the consensus among the residents gathered for a South Side Safety Summit, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports.
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