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a.MKE: VA closes, MSOE builds, WI Attorney General declines and McNeil moves on 10.8.13

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The Veterans Administration Regional Office in Milwaukee will close to the public today, as a result of the federal government shutdown. A substantial portion of the staff was notified they are not to report to work, and VA benefit payments for October may not be paid and the appeals process for claims will be suspended.


The Milwaukee School of Engineering plans to start construction this winter to rehab the unfinished Staybridge Suites building in Milwaukee for student housing. The school's plans for the 14-story, nearly vacant building at North Water Street includes 150 apartments for students and faculty, interior parking spaces and retail space for tenants on the building's first floor.


Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen on Monday announced he won't seek re-election after serving on the job since 2007. Van Hollen will focus on his public safety initiatives, which include expanding DNA forensics programs. The next election for attorney general will be on Nov 4th, 2014 with a promiary vote scheduled August 12th.


Van McNeil, the afternoon host on WYMX-FM 99.1, announced he was parting ways with the Entercom station on Friday after getting news his contract wasn't being renewed after 15 years of service. During his time at WMYX, the station moved ahead in Arbitron rations. McNeil will continue his work in Milwaukee as the voice of the Milwaukee Wave and UW-women's basketball team and on the executive board of This Time Tomorrow Foundation.