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a.MKE The List: WI's Voter ID Law Goes In Effect & Half Pint Library Book Drive : Today’s Top Stories

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Wisconsin’s new voter ID law goes into full swing today for the state’s spring primary. Each voter will be required to show a valid photo ID, such as a driver’s license or state-issued id in order to receive a ballot and vote. Just in case there’s any confusion, the City of Milwaukee election officials will have up to 300 poll workers on hand to answer any questions. Milwaukee Election Officials will also keep track of how many people are turned away from the polls because of the new voter ID rules.

Yesterday kicked off Half Price Books’ “Half Pint Library Book Drive”. So if anyone stops by half price books and donates a new or gently used children’s book, it will then go to a local non-profit. The program started back in 1999 and since then, it has collected $2.5 million children’s books for local half pint libraries. There are three Milwaukee-area locations where you can drop off books at: one off of Brown Deer Road, 74th street and Bluemound Road. The drive goes through March 31st.

Local singer, songwriter, and guitarist Willy Porter is presenting a singer/songwriter performance clinic in March.  The clinic will give local musicians a chance to learn and interact with Willy porter himself. Willy plans on showcasing and talking about the songwriting process, how to craft a song, guitar technique, and anything the attendees want to know.  The event is on Saturday, March 10th at Cascio’s Music Superstore in New Berlin.

Families’ International is a national organization but its headquarters is here in Milwaukee. The new CEO, Susan Dreyfus, says she wants to raise the visibility of the organizations to make them more vital and important to Milwaukee. Families’ International is the parent org of the Alliance for Children and Families, United Neighborhood Centers of America, and Ways to Work. Dreyfus said, “I care deeply about the Milwaukee community, and as a national organization, we have a role to play in meeting with the leadership and asking folks how we can help Milwaukee be a great place.”

The Green Bay Packers announced yesterday that there’s roughly 17,000 shares of stock left for sale and officials are extending those stocks to Canada. The team initially had offered 250,000 shares and then offered up to 30,000 more after such a high demand. The offering will continue until February 29th, unless the Packers sell the maximum number of shares before that day. All proceeds will go toward the $143 million expansion project at Lambeau Field.

Wisconsin home sales jumped during the month of January, but prices fell 7%. According to the Wisconsin Realtors Association, the median sales price of homes sold last month was a little over $119,000, which is down from the previous year of $128,000. Wisconsin realtors say that the good news is that homes are more affordable and the inventory of unsold homes in Wisconsin has fallen.