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Crash causes backups on I-94 at Moorland Road in Brookfield

May 29, 2014 5:06 p.m. | A crash on eastbound I-94 at Moorland Road in Brookfield has resulted in delays in excess of three miles in both directions, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The two left lanes of eastbound I-94 are closed and motorists are encouraged to take alternate routes to avoid delays, according to a notification from the DOT.

No information was immediately available on the crash.

ELCA members to vote on opposition to 'religious freedom' laws

May 28, 2014 3:21 p.m. | A Brookfield Lutheran church is calling on its Milwaukee-based synod to take a stand against so-called "religious freedom" laws proposed around the country, including in Wisconsin, that critics fear would allow discrimination against certain groups under the guise of religion.

The resolution, proposed by the council at Cross of Life Lutheran Church, is one of four that will be taken up at this weekend's annual assembly of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Greater Milwaukee Synod, which kicks off Thursday in Waukesha.

It's aimed at laws, such as the one enacted in Mississippi in April, that critics say open the door to discrimination against gay and lesbian people on religious grounds. They've emerged in the wake of lawsuits against businesses that refused to serve same sex couples, saying that to do so would violate their religious principles.

Similar proposals have failed or languished elsewhere, including in Wisconsin, where lawmakers proposed an amendment to the state constitution that would have ensured a "right of conscience" to engage in or refrain from activity based on one's sincerely held religious belief. That resolution gained no traction in the 2013 legislative session.

"Sometimes ELCA Christians need to make clear exactly where we stand on certain issues, particularly issues with religious overtones," the Cross of Life council asserts in its resolution. "We want the world to know that the ELCA and its congregations are inclusive organizations who do not discriminate or support the right to discriminate."

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Chick-fil-A construction progresses in Brookfield, Greendale

May 27, 2014 12:07 p.m. | Chick-fil-A on Thursday plans to start building momentum for the autumn opening of its first two stand-alone restaurants in the Milwaukee metro area.

The suburban Atlanta company will unveil signs announcing the coming restaurants during a media event Thursday featuring Wisconsin Chick-fil-A franchise operator Jamie Fuller and the Chick-fil-A mascot, a cow that carries an "Eat Mor Chikin" sign. The sites are under construction.

The event begins at the Greendale site, 5351 S. 76th St., at 10:30 a.m., and in Brookfield, 12625 W. Capitol Drive, at 2:30 p.m. 

As it does with its other restaurant openings, Chick-fil-A plans this fall to hold a First 100 giveaway at the metro Milwaukee restaurants. That promotion offers free food for a year — a card loaded with 52 ssandwich meals — to qualified contestants who show up and register. If more than 100 people show up — as almost certainly will be the case — a drawing will be held to name the winners.

Chick-fil-A has more than 1,800 restaurants in 39 states and Washington D.C.

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