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88Nine Radio Milwaukee

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a.MKE Avalon Theater, downtown demolition, 911 and Midwest Bikeshare 7.9.13

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Midwest Bikeshare unveiled its first kiosk in Milwaukee at the Discovery World Museum. Bicycles are available for rent by the hour. Milwaukee hopes to install 24 other kiosks making 250 bicycles available for rent. 

The Milwaukee County Emergency Medical Services Communication Center is fully operational after a fire at the Milwaukee County Courthouse prompted the use of backup systems. Dispatchers provide medical control to paramedic units and hospitals that are receiving patients through the MC EMS system.

A three-story downtown office building on North Fourth Street near the WI Center will be demolished this month because of structural problems. The vacant building belongs to Mental Health of America of WI, a nonprofit organization. The demo will likely result in the property becoming a parking lot.

As reported by the Milwaukee Business Journal, the city of Milwaukee could contribute up to $300K towards an effort to restore and reopen the Avalon Theater in Milwaukee's Bay View neighborhood. Owner Lee Barczak has the financing lined up on the $2.5 million project and hopes to break ground in the next week or two, with a goal of being open by Christmas. The 84-year old theater has two auditoriums, one holding 240 and the other 60-80 for smaller screenings.