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a.MKE The List: Voter Turnout Not As High As Officials Predicted & Downtown Dining Week Begins: Today’s Top Stories

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Milwaukee Police and the Wisconsin Department of Justice are evaluating threats made on twitter against Governor Walker after his victory over Mayor Barrett on Tuesday night. Officials say all threats are handled seriously and can be a criminal act. Yesterday Governor Walker said he doesn’t compromise his safety, but is not going to let that stand in the way of doing his job and mingling with the people of Wisconsin. The recall election brought on a fight between Walker supporters and public sector unions and labor groups upset by the cuts to collective bargaining.

Wisconsin’s historic recall election is over and election officials are now looking back at the state’s voter turnout from that day. While Tuesday’s turnout wasn’t exactly what state officials predicated, it was still off the charts according to historical standards, topping 57% of voting age adults. Here in Milwaukee, the city’s election commission was forced to call out the reserves – extra poll workers were sent to at least nine polling places. Then officials at 20 to 30 polling places had either run out of ballots, voter registration forms or they were running low.  In the end, more than 2.5 million people voted.

The Milwaukee Public Museum’s green roof is bringing more life to downtown Milwaukee. The museum has dubbed its roof, “meadows in the sky.” In partnership with MMSD’s green roof program, the museum’s roof is complete with bio-trays that are planted with five types of drought-tolerant sedum plants that cover about 4,100 square feet of roof space. The bio trays essentially protect the new rubber roof and capture rainwater. So far, MMSD says the system is able to hold up to 90,000 gallons of rainwater. More roofs are in the works and MMSD’s green roof program will then cover nearly 9.5 acres of Milwaukee area rooftops.

Today is the start of Milwaukee’s Downtown Dining Week. This is the 7th season of downtown dining week and it’s full of great deals, including three-course lunches and three-course dinners at over 40 restaurants. Restaurants include Hinterland, Metro, Smoke Shack, Rumpus Room, Sake Tumi, plus many more. There are no passes, no coupons or cards needed, but reservations are recommended. The goal of this weeklong event is to get the public to explore downtown Milwaukee and to check out local-area restaurants that they might not otherwise try. Milwaukee’s Downtown Dining Week runs through June 14th.

Yesterday was the start of Innovation Week here in Milwaukee, and tonight is the big “Common Pitch” event. Common Pitch is a high profile pitch event that shines a spotlight on the best new ideas for sustainable innovation. Tonight’s event involves eight promising startups who are working hard to redefine business here in America. The event involves creativity, new innovators, live music, collaboration, plus much more.  Milwaukee is only the third U.S. city approved to host a Common Pitch event in 2012. Common Pitch Milwaukee will be held at Turner Hall Ballroom. The event starts at 6.

There’s a new app out that gives beach safety reports around the Great Lakes. So your smartphone will now be able to let you know when it’s safe to swim at beaches not only here in Milwaukee but throughout Wisconsin. The app is free and it will notify swimmers the conditions at the beach, including the bacteria levels in the water, what the weather’s like and if there are winds that could cause dangerous riptides. The Great Lakes Commission and Great Lake states are providing the service to swimmers at 1,800 different beaches. And for those with not-so-smart phones, you can still access the beach information via the web.


Today's "3 of a Kind" featured the Sun. 

Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Bob Marley - Sun is Shining
Len - Steal My Sunshine

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