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a.MKE The List: GAB Posts Recall Petitions Online & Share-a-Pair Shoe Drive: Today’s Top Stories

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The Government Accountability Board finished scanning recall petitions last Friday, and wanted to have them posted online earlier this week, then decided to hold off on making them public after hearing privacy concerns… but now, the board has posted those petitions for public viewing online. All 153,000 pages are available but petitions aren’t searchable. The board said, “our staff had to do an analysis under Wisconsin’s Public Records Law. These are serious issues which must be given thorough consideration and addressed in light of the statues and the responsibilities of the board.”

Renovations at the Schlitz Park Rivercenter are expected to start later this week. U.S. Bank is lending $45 million to help pay for renovations at both the Rivercenter and at the two former Schlitz bottle houses. The remodeling project will redo over 350,000 square feet of office space and common areas, in addition to adding fitness and conference centers, green space and walking trails.

Fifty high school students from Divine Savior Holy Angels cut off 500 inches of hair and donated it to Locks of Love.  The hair will benefit other girls who have lost their hair for medical reasons. The total amount of hair donated amounted to $28,500 and this was the 12th year for students to assemble together and donate to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss.

A new study released by the Great Lakes Commission and both mayors of Chicago and Milwaukee says that the natural divide between the Mississippi River and Great Lakes can be rebuilt. Over a century ago, Chicago tried to flush its sewage down to the Gulf of Mexico and while doing so, it destroyed the natural divide. In order to rebuild the divide, the project would require significant sewage system upgrades, and the cost for separating the two could come be anywhere from $3 billion to $9 billion.

A group of Democratic State Legislators formally introduced the “Workforce Mobility Act”. The act was created in an effort to give workers in communities across Wisconsin dependable, accessible transportation to their jobs. The bill is also aimed at investing in local businesses and workers, simply by restoring cuts made to the public transit infrastructure. The act would use roughly $9.6 million in attempt to restore the cuts.

Today Stan’s 6th annual “Share-a-Pair” shoe drive starts to help Milwaukee’s homeless population. People can drop off their new or gently used shoes from 9:30 to 5:30, all month long at any of the “Share a Pair” collection bins. The annual shoe drive has collected over 110,000 pairs of shoes from local residents. Some of these shoes are collected and personally delivered and fit for the homeless at Milwaukee’s Reapirers of the Breach Homeless Shelter.