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a.MKE The List: GOP Presidential Nomination & New Changes for Milwaukee County Bus Routes: Today’s Top Stories

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A lot of backlash came over the weekend after Verizon announced its plan to start charging a $2 fee when customers go online or call the company on the phone to make a one-time payment with a credit or debit card….All of the complaints caused Verizon to cancel its plan to charge customers the one-time fee. Verizon was trying to drive customers to sign up to pay their bills through electronic checks, and they consider it a convenience fee that will help support single bill payment options. But a lot of upset customers took action by threatening to cancel their contracts, and it worked.

Well the New Year is bringing in some new changes for Milwaukee County bus routes. Starting January 29th, three brand new express routes will replace the least-used stretches of some existing routes. This is the result of a short-term strategy to use federal funding to avoid what could have been deep cuts in existing routes. The new routes will replace existing Routes 11, Route 62 and Route 18.

Starting today, the Milwaukee County Historical Society is going to open its behind-the-scenes bank vaults for tours. Visitors will be able to explore artifacts, images and other historical information from the society’s collections. Tours will be given Monday and Tuesday throughout the year, with tour times changing.

Today is the Republican Presidential caucuses in Iowa. Political Analysts are saying that based on recent polls, it could be a close battle between Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Which leaves Former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Minnesota Rep Michele Bachmann following behind.

This Monday The Guest House of Milwaukee along with the Brewers Community Foundation are kicking off its 30-year Anniversary of helping Milwaukee’s homeless population. During this time, the Brewers racing sausages will help set up cots for the homeless men of The Guest House.

With a potential recall election of Governor Walker, sources close to Mayor Barrett say he is quote “seriously considering” running in a rematch with Walker. Both sources say that Barrett hasn’t made a decision quite yet, but plans to in early January. Recall organizers need to get 540,000 signatures in by January 17th. Last checked, organizers were ninety percent of the way toward the number needed.