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a.MKE THE List: MPS Holds Session on Student Safety & Romney Takes Michigan: Today’s Top Stories

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An advisory committee of both local and state officials is backing a $207 million plan to extend Lake Parkway into Southern Milwaukee County. The 794 Highway would basically stretch six miles starting from the Hoan Bridge into Oak Creek. Many officials believe the extension would give an important economic boost to Cudahy, Oak Creek and South Milwaukee. The public will have a chance to voice their opinion about the new concept during a public information meeting tonight at the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center. The session runs from 6 to 8.

Starting tomorrow, local artist Shelby Keefe is going to be creating 16 paintings in 16 days. Each painting will represent the 15 member groups of the United Performing Arts Fund. She’ll also do one painting depicting the organization itself. The United Performing Arts Fund provides core-operating funds for area performing arts groups. The public is invited to watch Keefe work in her studio at the Pfister Hotel during these 16 days.

Mitt Romney won the Michigan Primary…a contest that was important for the former Massachusetts Governor because he was born and raised there, and the primary comes a week before Super Tuesday. Following closely behind Romney was rival and former Pennsylvania Senator, Rick Santorum. Neither Newt Gingrich nor Ron Paul actively competed in Michigan’s contest or Arizona’s Tuesday primary. The next round of 10 primaries and caucuses take place on March 6th for Super Tuesday.

The proposed MSOE soccer field and parking structure received zoning and development approval last week, and just yesterday, the full council met to discuss full approval. The $28 million project will be built north of East Knapp Street and west of North Broadway. It will be the first development in the 16-acre park east strip owned by the count, which was made available when the former freeway stub was demolished back in 03. Construction on the project is set to start this spring.

Thirty local artists have been selected for Waukesha’s “Guitartown Project”.  That’s where they’ll turn 10 replica and 20 regular Les Paul guitars into works of art. Members of the project recently selected the artists. The plan is to have the 10-foot-tall fiberglass guitar sculptures lined up along Main Street starting June 1st. Another 20 artists will then work on the “playable Gibson guitars” but their locations have no yet been determined. The finished works will be unveiled during a VIP event on May 31st.

The Milwaukee Public School Board held a special meeting last night to talk about student safety. Since December, four MPS students have been killed. Although the deaths didn’t take place on school property, the board is still concerned about ways to keep students safe. So MPS is turning to the community for solutions. About 400 people packed in the MPS session to talk about programs that were working, and others spoke about issues contributing to the problem.