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a.MKE: BART strike, Ward Irish Music Archives, Ashland mine and property tax cut 10.18.13

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Transit workers in California's Bay Area went on strike Friday at midnight local time, a move that will hamper the commutes of over 400,000 people. BART, the nation's fifth largest train system, scrambled early Friday to provide free buses for thousands of people commuting.

Ward Irish Music Archives, the Milwaukee-based home of the largest public collection of Irish and Irish-American music, launched a new website dedicated to Irish sheet music. The archive, which spans from 1750 to present day, has more than 5,000 pieces of sheet music, making it the largest collection of Irish music online. More online at radiomilwaukee.org.

The WI State Assembly has passed Gov. Scott Walker's $100 million property tax cut proposal with broad bipartisan support. The vote comes exactly one week after Walker unveiled the plan that will save homeowners $20 per month on their property taxes in 2014.

A Northland College geologist said he found rock on the site of a proposed iron ore mine that contain asbestos-like minerals that could pose a health hazard. If more hazardous material is confirmed at the proposed $1.5 billion open pit mine in Ashland County, the company could be prohibited from using explosives in future rock sampling to avoid potential health problems.