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BOOTED: Mall security ends protest over bus stop

GREENDALE (WITI) — The Bus User Safety at Southridge Coalition held an Easter Promenade outside of Southridge Mall on Saturday, April 19th to protest the relocation of a bus stop.

Mall management made the decision to move a bus stop that was once at a mall entrance to a bus stop 1,000 feet from the doors, which is a much further distance for disabled and elderly people.

The new location makes people navigate through a parking lot and deal with traffic, and some bus riders feel it’s an unjust decision.

“There are many passengers who will no longer be able to safely negotiate their way from where bus stop has been displaced to any of the entrances here at Southridge,” said Tracy Harrington, director of Para Transit Milwaukee County.

Protesters walked around the mall wearing bonnets and holding signs to show their disapproval of the new bus stop location.

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Earth Day Celebration, keeping Milwaukee clean

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Fourth Annual Urban Grassroots Earth Day Clean-Up and Celebration was held at Victory Over Violence Park on Saturday, April 19th to clean-up the environment and celebrate the community.

The Earth Day celebration is a collaborative effort involving Alderwoman Priscilla Coggs, Urban Grass Roots Inc., Career Youth Development, and Ori Entertainment.

Milwaukeeans got a jump-start on Earth Day by working to make a difference in the community and the world by cleaning up garbage and planting flowers in the community.

“It started out as a pet peeve seeing so much trash and litter in the inner city and my motto is that is we can change the way we view our community, we can change the mentality of it as well, ” said Priscilla Coggs-Jones, founder of Urban Grass Roots Inc.

Volunteers focused on the area west of the park from Martin Luther King Junior Dr. all the way to 7th St.

“Lot of hurdles” as Bucks look for way to pay for new arena

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Two days after the announcement of the new owners of the Milwaukee Bucks, these questions linger: How will the Bucks pay for a new arena and who will provide the money?

“It’s going to be a struggle, there’s no doubt about it,” said Mark Kass, editor of Milwaukee Business Journal.

Kass says when it comes to replacing the BMO Harris Bradley Center, there’s little desire outside of Milwaukee to provide public funding, either through a new tax or expanding an existing one.

“Any elected official right now is scared of that work. They don’t want to be anywhere near it and there doesn’t seem to be any public support of it,” said Kass.

While the new Bucks owners and former Sen. Herb Kohl have pledged $100 million, it will still take at least $200 million more to build a new arena.

BUSTED: Man arrested for road rage, charged with 9th OWI

Dean Schaefer

Dean Schaefer

GREENFIELD (WITI) — 50-year-old Dean Schaefer of Milwaukee was charged on Friday, April 18th with his 9th drunk driving offense. It happened after an alleged road rage incident in Greenfield on Thursday evening.

According to the criminal complaint, Greenfield dispatchers received a call reporting a road rage incident where a pickup truck was chasing a car on Hwy. 100 near Coldspring Road.

76th St. bridge coming down, forces I-94 closure Friday night

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Drivers should expect some big backups in the Zoo Interchange Friday night into Saturday morning. Crews will be shutting down a stretch of I-94 in both directions — to demolish the 76th St. bridge.

Traffic will be re-routed on Bluemound Rd. or Greenfield Ave. — and drivers travelling on US-45 and I-894 will be directed there as well for access to the east.

“Consider regional alternate routes such as taking the by-pass or Brown Deer Road to the north are great alternate roads as well,” said Ryan Luck of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. “We’ll be placing sand on the freeway, dropping the entire structure down, rubblizing it, trucking it off and sweeping up all the debris and reopening the freeway prior to 9 a.m. Saturday.”



Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood in May

MADISON (WITI) – World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts advocating for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. It’s celebrated May 8th — the birthday of Swiss businessman and social activist Henry Dunant, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863. You can celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood.

The Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the country, responding to natural and man-made disasters; offering health and safety training and disaster preparedness education; and assisting military members and their families.

About 40 percent of the country’s blood is also collected by the Red Cross, which meets the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

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“This is a game changer:” Investors to buy Bucks for $550 million

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Sen. Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner, has announced that he has entered into a signed purchase agreement to transfer ownership of the Bucks to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry.  Mr. Edens and Mr. Lasry are highly regarded investors who are firmly committed to the success of the franchise and its importance to Milwaukee.

Furthermore, consistent with his commitment to the Bucks and Milwaukee, Senator Kohl has pledged a $100 million gift for the development of a new arena for the team.  In addition to honoring Kohl’s requirement that the team be kept in Milwaukee, the new owners have committed to contribute at least an additional $100 million towards the development of a new arena in the city.

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