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a.MKE The List: As Gas Goes Up, Car Sharing Grows in Popularity & Bob Uecker to Get His Own Statue: Today’s Top Stories

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With gas prices on the rise and over the $4 mark, car sharing is growing popularity throughout the U.S. Driving alternatives include Zipcar, which is the leader in the market. That’s when drivers get a vehicle by the hour or by the day, with gas and insurance included. Many Zipcar users say they’re looking for simplicity, convenience and cost-savings. Other car sharing options include Hertz “On Demand” and peer-to-peer car sharing start-ups like “Relay Rides.” Here in Milwaukee, zip cars can be found at Marquette University and near UW-Milwaukee’s campus.

Milwaukee’s Fatherhood Initiative is hosting a child support one-on-one session today. The session is a presentation that will allow men to better understand their options as it relates to their child support circumstances. The presentation will also have child support representatives that will help men reduce child support or better understand how to improve their situations. The event is from 12 to 2 p.m.

Yesterday Former Governor Tommy Thompson and State Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald stopped in Milwaukee as part of their campaign tours. Both Republican candidates are competing for a U.S. Senate seat and there are only a few months to go before the Republican primary. Thompson’s campaign message focused on the federal budget and unveiled proposals to bring America back. Fitzgerald talked about balancing the federal budget and how his actions will help at the federal level. Other Republicans vying for Senator Herb Kohl’s seat are Mark Neumann, Eric Hovde, and Tammy Baldwin.

City officials are teaming up with Milwaukee, West Allis and other municipalities in enlisting homeowners in a campaign to keep storm water out of sanitary sewers during heavy rains and curb backups of sewage into basements. Public works officials say that Wauwatosa is offering to pay the full cost of lining private sanitary sewer laterals at 135 homes…this will basically decide how effective the repair will be in reducing flows of storm water from leaking laterals to municipal sanitary sewer mains. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District will act on Wauwatosa’s request during its March 26th meeting.

Milwaukee’s Neighborhood News Service and Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication is hosting a “Tweet-Up” later today. The event is to observe the first anniversary of the Neighborhood News Service, which is a project of united neighborhood centers of Milwaukee. The guest speaker is Journal Sentinel Columnist and Editorial Writer, James Causey, who will be on hand talking about covering urban affairs. The “Tweet-Up” starts at 5 and will be held at Johnston Hall on Marquette’s Campus.

The Brewers announced yesterday that Hall of Fame radio voice, Bob Uecker, will get his very own statue at Miller Park. Later this summer the statue will be placed outside of the stadium’s Home Plate Plaza. Brewer’s Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio said, “The joy that Bob has brought to us over the years is priceless, and with 2012 being the 50th anniversary of his first major league game, there’s no better time than now to celebrate his achievements.” The statue will be dedicated during a ceremony on August 31st