Parkland students stop in Milwaukee, Madison on ‘Road to Change’ tour

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Survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting are on the road this summer as they push for gun reform. The students made a stop in Madison Friday and Milwaukee Saturday as part of their 50-stop tour through more than 20 states as they work to register voters and foster conversations on gun reform. > Cap Times and CBS 58 Milwaukee  

Parkland students come to Wisconsin on ‘Road To Change’ tour

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High school students from Parkland, Florida are in Wisconsin to advocate for stricter gun control laws and to register young people to vote. As part of a nationwide “March for Our Lives: Road to Change” tour, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students plan to hold events in Janesville, Madison, and Milwaukee. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Milwaukee becomes 1 of 3 finalists in bid to host 2020 Democratic National Convention

Milwaukee is one of three finalists in a bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, besting cities like New York and San Francisco. The announcement made Wednesday named Milwaukee, Houston and Miami Beach as still in the running. > Wisconsin Public Radio

La Crosse, Dane counties might join Milwaukee County in putting marijuana legalization question on fall ballot

An organization called the Wisconsin Justice Initiative is pushing for counties to hold advisory referendums on marijuana legalization, and there’s evidence such referendums could pass. So far, Milwaukee County has approved a November 2018 referendum, and La Crosse and Dane counties are currently considering doing the same.

Foxconn closes on its North American headquarters

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Foxconn Technology Group has purchased a downtown Milwaukee building to house its North American headquarters as it prepares to build a mammoth manufacturing complex 30 miles to the south. Foxconn purchased the seven-story building from Northwestern Mutual, which ceremonially turned over the keys to the Taiwanese company Friday. > AP News

Packing, cracking and the art of gerrymandering around Milwaukee

At a glance, Wisconsin’s legislative maps don’t reveal districts with the bizarre shapes and outlines that are classic markers of gerrymandering schemes. But a closer examination of Assembly districts reveals a more sophisticated approach to this electoral stratagem, particularly in the sharp red-blue divide that spans Milwaukee and its suburbs. > Wisconsin Public Radio

State gets $86M less than sought to upgrade highway near Foxconn site

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The shortfall in their $160 federal request – to expand U.S. Interstate 94 south of Milwaukee to aid plans for Foxconn locating in the area – raises questions about how the rest of the roadwork will be paid for, and whether money could be siphoned away from other projects to do so. > Wisconsin State Journal