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a.MKE: ATF, Capital Brewery, WI Budget and Boys & Girls Club .19.13

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Gov. Scott Walker announced at the Pieper-Hillside Boys & Girls Club Tuesday that his administration has pledged $500,000 to support his own summer youth employment program. The program will support summer work for about 225 teens and young adults up to age 24. The Milwaukee Workforce Investment Board and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee will jointly administer the program.

In a last-minute set of changes to the state budget, Assembly Republican leaders plan to boost school voucher programs, remove a proposed cap on a property tax credit for disabled veterans and allow new rules to keep protesters away from the site of a proposed mine. Also under a draft of the amendment that is still being finished, an additional $5.3 million in state taxpayer money would be funneled into the program that allows students to attend religious and other private schools at taxpayer expense in eastern Racine County.

In a new ATF report on lost and stolen firearms ordered by President Barack Obama, gun dealers across the country reported losing nearly 11,000 firearms in 2012 and had 5,700more guns stolen from their stores. Guns reported missing during the inspections were lost, stolen, sold without recording information or simply could not be located during a check of inventory records. Because of budget restraints, the ATF inspected 13,000 of the nearly 70,000 dealers last year.

Middleton-based Capital Brewery Co said Tuesday it plans to build and $11 million 50,000 square foot production facility in the village of Sauk City. Plans for the new facility include a 100-barrel brewhouse, fermentation and aging cellars, a bottling and canning line, warehouse space, tasting room, admin offices and an outdoor entertainment venue. It's scheduled to begin operations in spring 2014.