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FlexRide Milwaukee: MCTS begins on-demand transit service to connect workers with distant jobs

City of Milwaukee residents have a new way to get to jobs in the northwest suburbs, and employers have a new way to attract and retain workers, with FlexRide Milwaukee. FlexRide Milwaukee launches in early February, with riders picked up from one of five stops served by the Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) in and around Milwaukee’s north and northwest sides and dropped off at any employer within the Menomonee Falls and Butler service areas. Riders, who must be at least 18 years old, City of Milwaukee residents, and working or willing to work within the service areas, can...

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Milwaukee Film dedicates February to Black History Month 2022 with a focus on local experiences

As part of its nationally renowned Black Lens program, Milwaukee Film will once again devote film and event offerings in February to celebrate Black voices, culture, and experiences for Black History Month, presented by Northwestern Mutual. Six feature screenings, two shorts programs, and four unique events will showcase the Black experience and be available in-person for participants to engage with. The local film program includes a networking social for Black creatives. The month kicks off with a weekend conversation that includes wellness influencer Shelah Marie of “Love & Hip-Hop Miami,” an alluring documentary featuring Black icon Arthur Ashe, and...

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Driver Shortages: MCTS temporarily suspends eight freeway flyers to downtown starting January 10

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced that it will temporarily suspend Freeway Flyer Routes 40, 43, 44, 46, 48, 49, 79, and 143 from January 10 through March 6, due to a shortage of bus drivers. The pandemic has made it difficult for MCTS to retain and hire new drivers, a problem affecting all industries as the pandemic evolves with new and more deadly variants. Freeway Flyers are buses that operate primarily between Park & Ride lots and downtown Milwaukee on weekday mornings and afternoons. Riders will still be able to park at a Park & Ride lot...

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The COVID-19 Pill: Wisconsin receives first Federal shipment of oral treatments for the coronavirus

The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced on January 5 that Wisconsin had received the first allocation of oral antiviral COVID-19 treatments molnupiravir and Paxlovid to care for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate COVID-19. The initial supply available to states from the federal government is extremely limited. Under guidance developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), health care providers are encouraged to prioritize prescribing these new therapeutics to those patients at greatest risk of serious illness or hospitalization from COVID-19. Wisconsinites who may be eligible for these treatments should talk with their health care provider. “While these...

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Sheriff Earnell Lucas issues statement about his position on addressing local violent crimes

Earnell Lucas, Milwaukee County Sheriff and candidate for mayor of Milwaukee, issued a statement on January 5 regarding his position on addressing violent crime in the city. “Violent crime is one of the more important issues facing Milwaukee. From our citizens to our businesses to visitors and tourists, we all want to be safe,” said Lucas. “Solving this problem must be a focus of attention for Milwaukee’s next mayor.” Lucas said that he was uniquely qualified and experienced to restore safety and security in the city. As a Milwaukee Police captain, he led policing efforts in Milwaukee neighborhoods challenged...

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Wisconsin expects a Federal investment of $142M in 2022 to ensure safe drinking water across state

Governor Tony Evers recently celebrated President Joe Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill that will expand efforts to deliver safe drinking water to Wisconsinites by infusing approximately $850 million into communities across the state over the next five years. Governor Evers last month praised the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act as a “Win for Wisconsin.” The federal bill contains an array of expanded programs with substantial, new funding sources for Wisconsin, including $142,703,000 for the 2022 allotment for state revolving loan programs funding water infrastructure projects. The bipartisan infrastructure bill is the largest investment in clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure...

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