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Students in Teen ArtXpress program design Anti-ICE mural for MCTS Bus advertisement

As part of the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Teen ArtXpress internship program, area students created a design to cover a Milwaukee County Transit System bus. The decoration was unveiled on August 11, featuring an anti-Immigration and Customs Enforcement theme. Covering the entire bus, the illustrations presented the message “Celebrating over 160 years of Dreamers: Milwaukee is immigrant strong,” and depicts message of resistance against the Gestapo-like tactics used by the federal agency. MCTS released a statement clarifying that the bus mural was paid advertising and did not necessarily reflect the opinions of the transit service. But it supported the position...

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MPS kicks off early start calendar by rolling out red carpet to welcome Golda Meir students

Summertime activities gave way to classwork study for thousands of Milwaukee Public School students on August 12, as the district held its bell ringing ceremony for early start schools at Golda Meir – welcoming back students on their first day of the 2019-2020 school year. Forty three out of the 160 schools in MPS started early, including all high schools. Students walked a red carpet into school, welcomed by the Meir drumline. They were cheered on by parents, teachers, community leaders, MPS staff and Superintendent Dr. Keith Posley, in addition to elected officials like Mayor Tom Barrett and Sheriff...

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Budget crisis from state tax drain forces Milwaukee County to propose cuts for public bus services

Milwaukee County reached a fiscal crisis point this year. Over the past decade, County taxpayers have increased income and sales tax payments to the State by $355 million, yet shared revenue and other funding from the state has declined or remained flat over the same time period. County Executive Chris Abele and County Supervisors have been strong supporters of the transit system. Unfortunately, limitations in state law have caused Milwaukee County to effectively reach the cap on the amount it can collect from property and sales tax. State and Federal transit support has been stagnant, especially in comparison to...

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Purple Heart Day and VetFest highlight two days of public recognition for Milwaukee veterans

The Milwaukee County War Memorial Center hosted two back-to-back events for veterans, commemorating Purple Heart Day on August 7 and celebrating the 4th annual VetFest on August 8. The Purple Heart medal is the oldest American decoration for military merit. August 7 was designed as Purple Heart Day in 1932, to encourage people to pay respects to fallen soldiers, and to thank them for their service to the nation. Wisconsin was previously been declared a Purple Heart State, a designation that offered medal recipients special benefits in recognition. Last year, both the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County declared...

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Darryl Morin: Trump’s Hispanophobia is a manifestation of our nation’s Epidemic of Hate

“How about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants an abortion: mandatory 48-hour waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he is about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence. Then, we should close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work, and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved...

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Dockless Scooter pilot program already faces suspension as riders fail to obey rules of the road

It has been under two weeks since 500 Lime scooters legally emerged on Milwaukee streets, but the city has already restricted expansion of the test program and could scrap eScooters entirely due to rider behavior. City officials originally reported that the response to these rental scooters has been overwhelmingly positive, but they acknowledge concerns. But on August 2, the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) announced restricting additional dockless scooters from participating in the Dockless Scooter Pilot Study. In addition, the DPW would not allow Lime, the sole operator in the pilot program, to expand its fleet...

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