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a.MKE: St. Paddy's parade, Milwaukee Habitat building up Washington Heights, Syrian refugees and Medical College looses Federal funding 3.5.13

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The United Nations estimates that within a week, there could be 1 million refugees in Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Iraq as more people flee the Syrian civil war. Relief organizations acknowledge that they can hardly keep up with the needs in the migrant camps. U.N. agencies say they may soon be forced to stop distributing tents, blankets and hygienic supplies as they face rising needs, dwindling resources and rising numbers at the camps each day.

Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity announced their plan this year to build 15 new houses and help at least 30 homeowners with major home repair projects in Milwaukee's Washington Park neighborhood. The new houses will be built on vacant, foreclosed lots Habitat plans to buy from the city for $1 apiece. Habitat has committed to centering its projects in the Washington Park area for the next three to five years.    

The Medical College of Wisconsin estimates that it will lose $5 to $9 million in federal funding for research due to automatic budget cuts that took effect last week. They will also lose an estimated $1.5 million in revenue a year from a 2% reduction in what Medicare pays physicians. John Raymond, president and chief executive officer of the Medical College says that these programs are unlikely to be restored, even if funding is reset for these various government programs.

The 47th Annual Shamrock Club of Wisconsin's St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place On March 9th.  Starting at noon on 3rd and Wisconsin and finishing at Water and highland, the parade will include local politicians and celebrities, floats, bagpipe and marching bands and Irish and Celtic organizations.