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a.MKE: WI Figure Skating Club, Laborfest cancelled, Safety Building reopens and WI Electric pays fine 7.10.13

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The Milwaukee Area Labor Council announced there will be no Laborfest or Labor Day parade this year. President Barack Obama made an appearance at Laborfest in 2010. Laborfest, which had been scheduled for Sept 2 at Maier Festival Park, has been cancelled due to loss of staff in their offices.

Figure skaters from far away as Argentina and from the top levels of competition will be in Milwaukee from July 10-14, when the WI Figure Skating Club hosts its premier event at the MSOE Kern Center. Warm-up sessions as well as competitive skating are open to the public.

The Milwaukee County Safety Building will reopen on today, however the Courthouse will remain closed. Both buildings were shut down after an electrical fire in the Courthouse basement over the weekend. The Courthouse is on track to reopen on Monday, July 15th.

As reported by the Milwaukee Business Journal, the WI Electric Power Co has been issued a $100K judgment in an environmental lawsuit for violations during the company's construction of a retention pond at its Oak Creek power plant. Over half of the money will reimburse the DNR for its cost to respond to an October 2001 bluff collapse on the south end of the companies facility on Lake Michigan that released over 22,000 cubic yards of material including coal ash, into Lake Michigan. The collapse also carried debris from the work site included vehicles and heavy machinery down the bluff and into Lake Michigan.