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“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.

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Hot dog! Award-winning Chicago-style dogs in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — There’s one hot dog franchise in town that opened in 2005 — and has won the award for best hot dog in Milwaukee for the past nine years. Brian Kramp checks out The Dogg Haus.

All aboard! Downtown trolley service kicks off Thursday, June 5th

MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Downtown Milwaukee’s trolley service, the Milwaukee Trolley Loop presented by VISIT Milwaukee, will roll out Thursday, June 5th.

Operated by Transit Express, the privately funded service will run Thursdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., June 5 through Sept. 6. One complete loop is 40 minutes. Two trolleys will service the “Hop ‘n Shop, Wine ‘n Dine” route to connect visitors to downtown attractions. Rides are $1 per trip.

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.”

 

 

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Where’s the off-campus housing? UWM students get answers

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee held a housing fair Wednesday, and UWM campus police were on hand to answer questions about safety.

Officers are always on campus – 24 hours a day, 365 days year. They also patrol the area on a regular basis, including some of the nearby neighborhoods. But officers say despite their presence, students need to take their safety, and that of their home and property, into their own hands.

“You have to be personally responsible for some of your own personal property so it’s about me giving information so you’ll start thinking about what do I need to do when I leave the house, make sure I lock my doors, put up my property, if you have a bike,” said Officer Donald Brown with UWM Police.

So Wednesday they joined in on the housing fair to offer some tips to new renters and buyers.

It’ll be a happier Easter for 1,500 families in need

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — They’re not quite the Easter bunny, but hundreds of volunteers gathered to fill baskets with food for families in need.

If it wasn’t for this extra help, Baby Ruth Joiner wouldn’t have been able to serve an Easter meal to her family.

“You can`t even express how you feel, it`s such a wonderful thing,” said Joiner.

This is the 7th annual Easter Baskets for the Hungry program put on by Palermo’s Pizza and the Hunger Task Force.

“There’s everything in here for a family of 4 to feed them from their Easter meal on Sunday all the way through the week. So you can see we`ve got turkeys, we`ve got ham, we`ve got Palermo`s Pizza,” said Palermo’s Pizza Chief Creative Officer Laurie Fallucca.

The 1,500 families already selected to receive the baskets were notified by getting a golden ticket sent to their home.

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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

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