Local Things You Need To Know


Report: Poverty continues to rise
in Milwaukee County

9:30 a.m.

MILWAUKEE — The poverty rate in Milwaukee County is among the highest in Wisconsin, according to a recent report released by the University of Wisconsin-Extension. The county's estimated poverty rate from 2008 to 2012 was 20.9 percent, according to the report, 5 percent higher than the 15.3 mark recorded in 2000. The county is one of 15 in the state with a poverty rate of more than 15 percent.

Read the full story in today’s Milwaukee Post.


Obama spurns GOP with expansive immigration orders

1:23 a.m.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurning furious Republicans, President Barack Obama unveiled expansive executive actions on immigration Thursday night to spare nearly 5 million people in the U.S. illegally from deportation and refocus enforcement efforts on ‘‘felons, not families.’’   
Read the full story in today’s Freeman.


Waukesha looks to update e-cig regulations

1:19 a.m.

WAUKESHA — Waukesha Police Lt. Joe Hendricks said a school resource officer began noticing students using e-cigarettes, so he looked at the city’s ordinances and realized e-cigarettes aren’t mentioned.
Read the full story in today’s Freeman.

Farrow gearing up for Waukesha County executive run

1:15 a.m.

WAUKESHA — Paul Farrow said he and County Executive Dan Vrakas were chatting over a beer when the latter asked the former to consider running for the position he was soon to give up.
Read the full story in today’s Freeman. 



Wisconsin unemployment at post-Great Recession low

11:17 p.m.

WAUKESHA — Job numbers released Thursday indicated Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is lower than the national rate and is also at a post-Great Recession low for the state.
For more details, see Friday’s Freeman. 



Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

11:13 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence.    
For the full obituary, see Friday’s Freeman.


New location for Delafield monopole to have public hearing

11:07 p.m.

DELAFIELD — The Delafield Plan Commission has agreed to schedule a January public hearing regarding a new location for a 95-foot monopole.
For more details, see Friday’s Freeman.


Rodney Atkins to headline Waukesha County Fair

11:03 p.m.

WAUKESHA — Organizers of the Waukesha County Fair on Thursday announced country artist Rodney Atkins as the first music headliner of the fair’s 2015 edition.
Atkins will perform on the Miller Lite Main Stage on July 16. All of the shows at the stage are free with fair admission. Tickets for upgraded seats at the show will go on sale April 1, with pricing to be announced at a later date.
The fair will run July 15 through July 19. This year’s run will mark the fair’s 173rd anniversary.