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Bus driver shortage causes MCTS to suspend special service routes to summer events in 2021

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) announced on June 14 that it will not be able to offer special summer service to Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair, or lakefront cultural festivals this year due to a shortage of bus drivers. However, festivalgoers and event employees will still be able to ride MCTS’s regular bus routes that operate to and from the event sites 365 days a year. Normally, in addition to its fixed network that consists of dozens of bus routes across Milwaukee County, MCTS would also run seasonal shuttles and ‘Freeway Flyers’ that transport passengers between Park and...

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New Federal Holiday: Congress to formally recognize Juneteenth as the nation’s “second” Independence Day

The Senate unanimously approved a bill on June 15 that would make Juneteenth, or June 19th, a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The bill would lead to Juneteenth becoming the 12th federal holiday. It is expected to easily pass the House, which would send it to President Joe Biden for his signature. Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free. Confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, but word did not reach the last enslaved Black people until June 19, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston,...

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Celebrating Freedom: Why Juneteenth Day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States

Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. It was originally celebrated on June 19, the day that Union soldiers in 1865 told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and they were free. Celebrations include parades, concerts, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation. The celebration started with the freed slaves of Galveston, Texas. Although the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the South in 1863, it could not be enforced in many places until after the end of the Civil War in 1865. Laura Smalley,...

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Podcast: Stories of the Black cowboys who found freedom on the high plains after the Civil War

Zaron Burnett III’s dad did not want slavery to be the only image his son had of Black people in American history. Every night he filled Burnett’s dreams with captivating stories of legendary Black cowboys. Despite generations of what White Hollywood selectively taught the nation about the Old West era, one-in-four cowboys were Black. Their stories tell a bigger, braver, and more honest history of America. Black Cowboys presents this past and reminds us that they have been here, they did that, and yes – Black cowboys are very much real. Written and hosted by Burnett, the iHeart Originals...

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Milwaukee dramatically increases the amount of curbside recycling collected under new program

The City of Milwaukee is transforming its curbside recycling program. Starting in June, the City began a transition to an every other week, spring-through-fall, citywide collection schedule. The winter collection schedule, December-to-March, will continue to be varied which allows for snow operations. With the help of a $649,000 grant from national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership, the City will deploy more than 18,600 new rolling, lidded recycling carts and fund education and outreach around the schedule change and recycling for good. Wheeled carts roll easily to the collection point, provide more capacity for recyclables, and reduce litter by protecting your...

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Pride flag raised at Wisconsin State Capitol for third year to recognize contributions by LGBTQ+ community

Governor Tony Evers signed Executive Order #120 on June 1, ordering that the Rainbow Pride Flag be raised over the Wisconsin State Capitol during the month of June in celebration of Pride Month. The Rainbow Pride flag began flying over the East Wing of the State Capitol building at noon on June 1 and will end at sunset on June 30. Additionally, Executive Order #120 authorized state buildings and any jurisdiction of the state of Wisconsin to fly the Rainbow Pride Flag during the month of June. The governor also signed two additional executive orders relating to LGBTQ issues....

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