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a.MKE The List: Walker Asks for 2 More Weeks to Review Petitions & Big Lebowski Fest Coming to Milwaukee: Today’s Top Stories

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Governor Walker is asking for another two weeks to review all the recall petitions against him. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess is considering this request today. But just last month, Niess gave Walker 30 days to review the petitions, which is three times the 10 days normally allowed under state law. Those trying to recall Walker argued that by giving him two more weeks, it could delay a recall election. Walker’s campaign says it needs more time because it has to review one million signatures.

A Milwaukee Common Council Panel is backing spending up to $1.3 million more on investigating why a piece of terra cotta fell off City Hall a year ago. All of this could bring the costs of the probe to $2.6 million, which could then lead up to a possible $9 to $16 million for the problems still left from the $76 million restoration of the building. Investigators are focusing on whether the grout used to fill some of the terra cotta components was improperly mixed with too much water, making it unable to hold up against Milwaukee’s winters and freeze-thaw cycles. 

Last night STEM Forward honored GE Healthcare for advancing science, technology, engineering and math education in southeastern Wisconsin. The “Spirit of STEM Award” recognizes organizations and individuals making a significant impact in education. GE Healthcare works to bring employee volunteers and mentors into schools to talk with students about educational and career options.

Wisconsin’s State Budget Committee gave the okay for $123 million in budget cuts and other measures. The biggest cuts will be taken from the University of Wisconsin System. The Legislature’s Nonpartisan Budget Office says that state universities will manage the cuts by using excess tuition money, not filling vacant positions and putting off starting some new initiatives or buying new equipment like computers. Those opposed say that the only way to fix the economy is to put more money in education and that the impact of the budget cuts, are going to be devastating for students.

Reconstruction is set to start on the westbound part of the airport spur at 6 a.m. on Monday morning. State Department of Transportation Officials say that the $20 million project will shut down the westbound lanes from south Howell Avenue to I-43 until late fall. This means drivers leaving the airport will have to exit on south Howell Avenue and use either Howard avenue or College avenue to get to 43 or 94. This work is part of a larger project to rebuild I-94 from Milwaukee’s south side to the Illinois state line.

If you’re a ‘Big Lebowski’ fan, then prepare yourself. What’s known as Lebowski Fest is coming to Milwaukee this June. It’s an annual, global celebration of beer, bowling, white Russians and anything related to the 98 film, “The Big Lebowski.” all the festivities will be held at Cathedral Square Park. Apparently the first festival was held back in 2002 in Kentucky, and cities like New York, L.A, Chicago, Vegas, Austin, Seattle and even London have picked it up.