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Balancing act: Keeping the Public Market open during construction

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Despite heavy construction in the area, the Milwaukee Public Market has been able to remain open during the I-794 Lake Freeway/Hoan Bridge project.

To accommodate its employees and monthly parkers, the Public Market and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation have worked closely. There have been some adjustments to traffic patterns. But all customers to the market have been encouraged to “change their approach, not their destination.”  

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EVACUATED: Milw. Public Market cleared, fire reported in hole

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Public Market on the north end of the Historic Third Ward was evacuated during the lunch hour on Tuesday, April 22nd — after fire was reported coming from a hole in the area.

FOX6 News learned a construction crew was digging pilings in the area — and were 90 to 95 feet down when those crews noticed fire coming up from one of the holes.

A We Energies crew was dispatched to the area — but so far, it has no indications of a natural gas leak at or near the Public Market.

An area bordered by Clybourn, St. Paul, Broadway and Water Streets has been cordoned off.

The Milwaukee Fire Department is also on scene to assist with the situation.

Commuters beware: Stretch of I-43 to be resurfaced

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) will start work on I-43 from Lexington Blvd. (just south of Silver Spring Road) to WIS 32. WisDOT will begin work Wednesday evening, April 23rd, weather permitting. The work is expected to be completed late summer.

The project includes resurfacing of the entire 14 mile stretch of freeway, lengthening the southbound exit ramp at the Mequon Road Interchange, replacing the beam guard from Bender Road to Green Tree Road and installing new beam guard south of County Line Road.

The initial work will be removal of the beam guard and median work on the southern part of the project. Resurfacing work is expected to start in May.

Lane closures will take place in the overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

This project is being done in advance of proposed reconstruction of this area of the I-43 Corridor. The corridor is currently under a comprehensive study.

“Faith has a role to play” in fighting crime in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee’s mayor and police chief are asking for help when it comes to curbing violence in the city.

Tuesday morning they addressed church goers and leaders in the faith community at the Milwaukee Ceasefire Sabbath Clergy Meeting and breakfast started with a prayer, which is appropriate for an event geared towards involving the faith community in the city’s anti-violence initiative.

“If you figure we have close to 2,000 police officers, sworn officers on the street, if we have a 150 or 200 members of the clergy who are really working as a cavalry that’s helpful,” explained Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

While Mayor Barrett is optimistic about whom the faith community can reach and what they can do to further the cause, he’s not naive about it.

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New MPS superintendent could be named Tuesday

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee School District may announce on Tuesday, April 22nd who will be the next superintendent.

The district is looking for a new person to fill the role after Dr. Gregory Thornton took a job in Baltimore. Thornton served as MPS superintendent for four years.

The announcement on a successor could come at the MPS School Board meeting set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Monitor FOX6 News and FOX6Now.com for updates on this developing story.

Brewers Hank to get his own “Hank House” at Miller Park

MILWAUKEE (WITI) – Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” is getting a home at Miller Park.  The “Hank House,” a roomy, one-bedroom Cape Cod-style dwelling, will debut Monday, April 21st as the Brewers open a six-game homestand against the San Diego Padres at 7:10 p.m.

The “Hank House” will be positioned at “The Point” in center field for the first game and as a mobile home, it will move around the ballpark throughout the season. When Hank is at Miller Park, it will be his home and used for photo opportunities and appearances.

Hank first appeared at Brewers training camp on February 17th, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings.

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.