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a.MKE: Head Start, new MIAD dorms, Dollar Tree denial and UW Board recommendation withdrawn 6.14.13

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The Milwaukee Common Council's Licenses Committee voted 4-0 on Thursday to recommend a denial of a food retail license for a Dollar Tree store at 2303 N. Martin Luther King Drive. City officials and residents had been promised a grocery store that features fresh produce and vegitables at that location, but later learned the owner leased the property to Dollar Tree instead.  The food retail license would allow Dollar Tree to sell pre-packaged, processed and canned food.

A six-story apartment-style residence hall with retail space is being built in the Historic Third Ward to house Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design students, relocating them from an apartment building on Milwaukee's east side to across the street from their campus. The residence hall at 252 E. Menomonee St. will house 300 freshmen and sophomores in the Third Ward in the fall of 2014.

The Social Development Commission, Milwaukee County's largest Head Start provider for more than 40 years, suffered a major blow yesterday when federal officials announced they had dropped it from the program. The SDC has operated Head Start, its signature program, since the 1960s, when it began as a part of President Lyndon Johnson's war on poverty. Other agencies still competing for Head Start funding in Milwaukee County include Milwaukee Public Schools, the Next Door Foundation and the Council for the Spanish Speaking.

The UW-Platteville engineering student Joshua Inglett, nominated to the UW System's Board of Regents earlier this week by Gov. Scott Walker, had his appointment withdrawn by Gov Scott Walker after Walker found out he had signed a petition as an 18-yer-old freshman calling for the governor's recall. The student regent position on the Board represents the voice of students on the UW System's 26 campuses.