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a.MKE: March Madness, Marquette police, Milwaukee Transit and School days 3.11.14

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As reported by the MBJ: Only 1,200 tickets remain for NCAA March Madness in Milwaukee. Although ticket sales are running a bit slower than they did the last time the BMO Harris Bradley Center hosted March Madness in 2010, they expect a sellout by the first tip-off on March 20th.

Marquette University could create its own public police department to keep its students and staff safe under a fast-moving bipartisan bill coming before the Senate today. The legislation would help clear the way for swearing in private university officers with the same powers as City of Milwaukee police to enforce the law as well as Marquette rules. More info online here.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Able offered to compromise with the County Board on hiring a transit operator, but under threat of a lawsuit. The lawsuit would be aimed at reversing a board committee decision that threw out bids submitted to run Milwaukee's transit system last year. MV Transportation, based out of Dallas, was selected to take over the operation of the local transit system. More info here.

State Senate will vote on a bill today that would eliminate the requirement that schools teach for 180 days or lose state funding, giving public schools the option to extend school days without having to hold class through the summer. MPS and the Department of Instruction support he bill, as officials say scheduling fewer days during winter months would save thousands of dollars in utility costs.