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aMKE: Bierman reinstated, workweek extended, buildings demolished and bill drafted 1.14.14

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The Milwaukee County Transit System has reinstated transit supervisor William Bierman, who was fired after he left the bus to help a woman being attacked. After being fired, Bierman was given an award by Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan.

Two Republican lawmakers are working on a bill that would create a 7-day work week. Current state law requires employers to give factory and retail workers at least 24 hours of rest every seven consecutive days. New legislation would eliminate that law, allowing workers to volunteer to work seven straight days.

Demolition of industrial buildings along the Milwaukee River in the Beerline neighborhood may start next month to clear space for a 58-unit apartment that would open in summer 2015. Kendal Group from Waukesha bought the property last month and plans two apartment buildings with a combined 113 units.

Republicans and Democrats unveiled a $1 trillion spending deal Monday night that would roll back some spending cuts, raise federal worker pay and have a surprisingly broad effect on Americans' everyday lives, from light bulbs used in lamps to the lines at airport security. This bill will green-light spending through the end of September. Details found online at radiomilwaukee.org.