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a.MKE: Milwaukee's Heat Wave Sets Record & Bike Polo Championships at Washington Park: Today's Top Stories

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Milwaukee’s heat wave is one of the four hottest stretches on record for southern Wisconsin, that’s according to the National Weather Service. Hot and humid conditions will stay with us on through tonight. Yesterday temps reached 103, which was the hottest July 5th on record. Today we will see a slight dip, but only to the mid 90’s to around one hundred. Lake Shore areas will be just a few degrees cooler. Splash pads and pool hours throughout the county have been extended. City Health Officials continue to warn residents to drink lots of fluids, keep cool and listen to your body.

Work has officially started on the reconstruction of North Port Washington Avenue, between Martin Luther King Drive and West Olive Street. The existing pavement and base will be replaced by 8-inch concrete. Port Washington Ave between King Drive and West Capitol Drive will be narrowed, which will allow for more trees and green space. There will also be one, five-foot bike lane in each direction of the project limits. The project is expected to cost $2.5 million, with 80% of that being federal and state funding. The reconstruction project will be completed this fall.

Repairers of the Breach is a daytime shelter and resource center for the homeless, and on Wednesday it hosted a holiday picnic for about 300 homeless individuals at King Park. The Hunger Task Force and churches throughout the community donated food, then people from all over the city dropped off cases of bottled water for the picnic. Now for the past 16 years, repairers of the breach has worked hard to ensure the homeless have a spot to celebrate and get a meal on Memorial Day, the fourth of July and Labor Day.

The state elections board is creating a website that will help military and overseas voters from Wisconsin request absentee ballots. Right now, Wisconsin voters who are overseas have to contact their municipal clerks directly to get a ballot sent to them. But the Government Accountability Board is working on simplifying that process through this website. Voters will just have to enter their info and the site will let them print out a proper absentee ballot for that election. The project is being paid for through a $1.9 million grant from the Defense Department.

Today is the start of the North American Hardcourt Bicycle Polo Championships and it’s happening here in Milwaukee. Bike polo enthusiasts from around the world will gather at Washington Park to compete for spots at the world championships in Geneva, Switzerland. The games are played with two teams of three players on bikes. They basically use mallets to move street hockey balls into goals. Organizers say the most intense competition will happen during the finals on Sunday afternoon. The event is free and open to the public.