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a.MKE THE List: Common Council Approves More Money for City Hall Probe & Women Inspired to Lead: Today’s Top Stories

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State Election Officials are asking for more time to review the one million recall signatures against Governor Walker even though he said he will not challenge the petitions against him. This is a move that will now give Walker more time to raise unlimited amounts of money. The Government Accountability Board has until March 19th to decide whether there are enough valid signatures to force a recall election, but after this new request, the board’s director has to ask for an extension to that deadline. The board will discuss the matter during a meeting on March 12th.

Milwaukee’s Common Council approved $1.3 million more on the City Hall repair probe. So consultants are now able to use that money toward the investigation of why a chunk of terra cotta fell off City Hall. Public work officials say they might not need all $2.6 million for the investigation, and that some of the money could go into designing the repair project.  Once the probe determines what happened and who was responsible, Mayor Barrett and Alderman Bob Bauman have vowed to seek reimbursement for all investigation and repair costs.

A new system for vehicle-emissions testing will debut on July 1st in southeast Wisconsin. This system will allow motorists to take their vehicle to as many as 200 private inspection facilities, such as car dealerships and repair shops, for testing. The current vendor is Envirotest. It’s had a contract for 28 years but the network of testing stations and centers will soon close. DOT Officials say that the new program will provide greater options and convenience for customers.

Tonight Pearls for Teen Girls is hosting the “Women Inspired to Lead Event.” The event is aimed at an intimate conversation about what it means to be moved to leadership. The panel will feature five local women leaders who will share their personal stories…a few include Danae Davis, Diana Waterman, and Kathy Mykleby.  The “Women Inspired to Lead Event” starts at 6 at the Pfister Hotel.

Milwaukee’s Plan Commission approved the proposal to demolish the city’s East Side Library branch and replace it with a new library and upper-level apartments. HSI Properties wants to build 99 apartments with over 100 underground parking spaces. The $14.9 million development would be financed mainly through a commercial loan that was guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HIS plans to submit its application for the loan guarantee by April, and if approved, construction for would start in the spring of 2013.

A Wisconsin National Guard Program for at-risk youth is now accepting applications in hopes of filling its new class. The academy accepts teens who are at risk of not graduating from high school. The program is open to boys and girls who have dropped out, been expelled or fallen at least a year behind in credits. The goal of this program is to help teens earn their high school equivalency diplomas and learn job and life skills. The next class starts July 19th.