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A.MKE THE List: Optimistic Manpower Hiring Survey, Schlitz Park Renovations Moving Forward: Today’s Top Stories

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News Rundown

The court is giving the Environmental Protection Agency until Friday to issue new rules for power plants. That means starting in three years, power plants that burn coal would have to cut more than 90% of the mercury from their exhaust. They’d also have to get rid of arsenic, acid gases and other pollutants that cause asthma attacks, cancer and premature deaths. The goal is to limit mercury and its harmful effects.

A recent Manpower hiring survey came out this week and it’s the most optimistic survey since 08. The prospects of finding a job is expected to improve at a steady pace during the first three months of next year, both nationally and in Wisconsin. If you’re currently looking for work, you can always check out the Job Center of Wisconsin for postings.

Facebook is now focusing its energy on making it easier for people who express suiidal thoughts on its site to get help. The program launched yesterday and it enables users to instantly connect with a crisis counselor from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline through Facebook’s chat option. This is Facebook’s latest move to improve safety on its site while helping prevent suicide.

Yesterday former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing where at least 10 accusers were expected to testify. That decision now moves Sandusky toward a trial on child sex-abuse charges, but Sandusky says he’s going to keep fighting the charges. The decision was said to be unexpected but not unusual.

Good news for Schlitz Park…renovations are moving forward with a $5 million project and two vacant office buildings at the park will soon be renovated. Right now remodeling has started for the two former Schlitz bottle houses, which house the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Educational Credential Evaluators. The project is all about creating more green space, eco friendly renovations and to better help current Schlitz Park tenants.

Chicago-based nonprofit developer, Heartland Housing, is proposing to build a 35-unit apartment building on Milwaukee’s north side for homeless families and families at risk of becoming homeless. The unit would be built on the northwest corner of East Center Street and North Buffum. The City Redevelopment Authority Board will review the proposal tomorrow.