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Students get hands-on experience in building trades during National Apprentice Week

Area students from Whitnall, Franklin, Greendale, Greenfield, Muskego, and Oak Creek high schools engaged in a special trades program on November 13, as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2018 from November 12 to 18. Sponsored by the Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council and the AFL-CIO, National Apprenticeship Week celebrates leaders in business, labor, and education and allows them to demonstrate their support for apprenticeship programs. “We are committed to making our students and community aware of the multiple career options available and hands-on events are an excellent way for this meaningful career exploration to take place,” said Gary...

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Wisconsin sees record participation at the ballot box for 2018 midterm elections

Wisconsin voters turned out in record numbers for the November 2018 midterm election sending the clear message that voters vote, when given the opportunity to vote. The record numbers of early votes cast was critical in helping facilitate civic engagement at the ballot box. “The record turnout in this election shows voters vote, when given the opportunity to vote,” said Analiese Eicher, Program Director at One Wisconsin Now. “And expanded early voting was critical in helping people across the state make their voices heard at the ballot box.” According to the latest data from the Wisconsin Elections Commission, a...

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Federal financing commitment clears long delayed Couture to move forward

Developers Rick Barrett and Tan Lo of Barrett Lo Visionary Development announced on November 2 that they has been invited to submit an Application for Firm Commitment for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) loan guaranty program. The loan guaranty will be used to support construction of The Couture, the 44-story, 700,000 square foot, mixed-use skyscraper that will be built on County land along Milwaukee’s lakefront. The building will incorporate numerous public amenities, including a concourse for the Milwaukee County Bus Rapid Transit line, which will serve the corridor from downtown to the Milwaukee Regional Medical...

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Temporary LEDs installed to demonstrate concept for Light the Hoan Bridge initiative

Milwaukee residents got a glimpse for three nights of what the Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge would look like illuminated, when Light the Hoan temporarily installed connected LED lighting on November 1. In collaboration with Signify, a world leader in lighting, representatives from the organization have been visiting Milwaukee since late October. Their engineers have spent a significant number of hours installing a partial panel of dynamic LED lights on the city-facing, north end of the bridge. The display could be seen lighting up each of the nights demonstrating the extraordinary capabilities of the technology, from an expanded palette of...

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Health screening program for Milwaukee’s Hispanic community gets $1M in funding

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center was awarded $1 million in funding from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health for its project, “Improving Health Outcomes by Proactively Integrating Social Determinants Screening into Primary Care Practice.” The project’s ultimate goal is to reduce housing instability and address healthy inequities among Sixteenth Street’s patients and community, who are primarily Latino and live well below the federal poverty line. The community faces numerous challenges to obtaining community resources, such as navigating complex applications requirements, language differences and concerns about divulging sensitive information. The project...

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Violence Against Journalists: Media condemns continued anti-press rhetoric

More than 200 journalists condemned President Trump’s “sustained pattern” of attacks on the free press in an open letter dated Thursday, describing his behavior as “un-American and utterly unlawful and unseemly for the President of the United States and leader of the free world.” Meredith Wheeler, a former ABC News producer in the 1970s and 1980s, organized the dozens of journalists to sign the letter. She said more have continued to sign since the release. Wheeler said she was inspired to write the letter after Trump recently appeared to condone the May 2017 assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs...

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