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a.MKE: UPAF, Food stamp cuts, Tupac biopic and Clarke's request 9.20.13

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Milwaukee County Sheriff David A Clarke Jr says he wants to put armed deputies at visitor checkpoints at the courthouse complex, a move that was prompted by the mass shootings this week at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. Clarke has already requested an additional 100 deputy positions in his 2014 budget request.

The U.S. House narrowly approved a Republican drafted bill Thursday to cut the nation's food stamp program by $39 billion over 10 years. The bill, passed 217-210 failed to draw the support of a single Democrat, many of whom said the steep cuts would erode a key safety net depended upon by families with children, seniors, veterans and people looking for work. 15 Republicans also voted against the bill.

A new biopic on slain rapper Tupac Shakur will beging filming next year in Atlanta. Gunned down in 1996 in Las Vegas, Shakur's murder has not been solved and is the subject of conspiracy theories. The film will be executive produced by Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur. No mention yet of who is to direct or star as the rapper.

The United Performing Arts Fund announced it will distribute $8,338,000 this year to various  performing arts groups. The largest increase this year went to the Milwaukee Children's Choir, Danceworks and First Stage Children's Theater. UPAF's allocations are based in the performing arts groups' level of investment and support of the annual UPAF campaign, as well as financial and organizational performance.