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Where’s the off-campus housing? UWM students get answers

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee held a housing fair Wednesday, and UWM campus police were on hand to answer questions about safety.

Officers are always on campus – 24 hours a day, 365 days year. They also patrol the area on a regular basis, including some of the nearby neighborhoods. But officers say despite their presence, students need to take their safety, and that of their home and property, into their own hands.

“You have to be personally responsible for some of your own personal property so it’s about me giving information so you’ll start thinking about what do I need to do when I leave the house, make sure I lock my doors, put up my property, if you have a bike,” said Officer Donald Brown with UWM Police.

So Wednesday they joined in on the housing fair to offer some tips to new renters and buyers.

It’ll be a happier Easter for 1,500 families in need

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — They’re not quite the Easter bunny, but hundreds of volunteers gathered to fill baskets with food for families in need.

If it wasn’t for this extra help, Baby Ruth Joiner wouldn’t have been able to serve an Easter meal to her family.

“You can`t even express how you feel, it`s such a wonderful thing,” said Joiner.

This is the 7th annual Easter Baskets for the Hungry program put on by Palermo’s Pizza and the Hunger Task Force.

“There’s everything in here for a family of 4 to feed them from their Easter meal on Sunday all the way through the week. So you can see we`ve got turkeys, we`ve got ham, we`ve got Palermo`s Pizza,” said Palermo’s Pizza Chief Creative Officer Laurie Fallucca.

The 1,500 families already selected to receive the baskets were notified by getting a golden ticket sent to their home.

Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood in May

MADISON (WITI) – World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts advocating for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. It’s celebrated May 8th — the birthday of Swiss businessman and social activist Henry Dunant, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863. You can celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood.

The Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the country, responding to natural and man-made disasters; offering health and safety training and disaster preparedness education; and assisting military members and their families.

About 40 percent of the country’s blood is also collected by the Red Cross, which meets the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

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“This is a game changer:” Investors to buy Milw. Bucks for $550 million

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Sen. Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner, has announced that he has entered into a signed purchase agreement to transfer ownership of the Bucks to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry.  Mr. Edens and Mr. Lasry are highly regarded investors who are firmly committed to the success of the franchise and its importance to Milwaukee.

Furthermore, consistent with his commitment to the Bucks and Milwaukee, Senator Kohl has pledged a $100 million gift for the development of a new arena for the team.  In addition to honoring Kohl’s requirement that the team be kept in Milwaukee, the new owners have committed to contribute at least an additional $100 million towards the development of a new arena in the city.

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The Bridge Project aims to unite Milwaukee against violence

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — After a violent week in Milwaukee, several organizations gathered together Saturday morning, April 12th, to help put an end to the violence before the change of season.

Community members marched across the Father James E. Groppi Unity Bridge, a viaduct known for its historic freedom marches and considered a symbolic divide for the city.

“I think that this is a way for a new generation of people to pay tribute to our past and all look forward to the future with a brand new message,” said Katie Polace, director of the Holton Youth and Family Center.

After the march, the group worked to spread the message of The Bridge Project campaign.

“The reason things maybe happen in our community is maybe because we are disconnected and we need to build bridges,” said Polace. “All year around that we need to build bridges and make Milwaukee a safe place.”

Gov. Walker signs bill expanding ShotSpotter program

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill designed to help Milwaukee police detect more gunshots.

Police Chief Edward Flynn and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett were on hand as Walker signed the measure Friday.

The law gives the department $175,000 in state aid to expand the ShotSpotter program. The system of audio sensors captures the sounds of gunshots and transmits their location to officers.

The system currently covers three square miles. Police want to use the state money and a matching $175,000 in the Milwaukee County budget to cover 10 square miles.

Flynn says the system allows officers to respond in a matter of minutes. He says that helps officers arrive with time to gather evidence and secure the scene. He says a rapid police response also reassures neighbors.

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Chief Flynn: “Help us save a life” by turning in those with illegal guns

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn made an impassioned plea during a news conference on Thursday, April 10th to get illegal guns off the streets.

The news conference was prompted by the non-fatal shooting of a two-year-old boy near 4th and Keefe late Wednesday. The child was inside of a home when shots were fired outside, penetrated the walls of the home and struck the child in the back. The child is being treated at a hospital.

Mayor Barrett said it is time for the citizens of Milwaukee to “step up and help out our police department.” He said if anyone knows people with illegal guns, they need to turn those people in. “If you have a son, if you have a neighbor, a boyfriend who cannot legally own a gun,” Barrett urged them to turn those people in to the police department.

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