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a.MKE: United Way, Waukesha Court House, Milwaukee Journalists say goodbye and WI National Guard receive request 9.4.13

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The United Way of Greater Milwaukee announced a fundraising goal of $52.5 million Tuesday, nearly $1 million more then last year's successful campaign. United Way officials said they set the fundraising goal higher this year to continue funding all programs the organization finds highly effective. The campaign is set to run through December 12th.

Waukesha County announced plans for a $36.4 million courthouse addition after a 4 year capitol campaign to raise the funds needed for improvements. Construction of a four-story courthouse building would provide more secure movement of prisoners between the jail and criminal courts. Work is tentatively scheduled to start in 2017. The courthouse was originally built in 1959.

Two Milwaukee journalists have announced their departure from Milwaukee media. Portia Young, the morning anchor on WISN-TV Ch. 12 for the last 10 years, is leaving for other opportunities and Tom Strini, art and performance writer for Third Coast Daily, will continue to teach for UWM's Honors College and hopes to get back into songwriting.      

The Wisconsin National Guard received its first request from a same-sex couple seeking benefits Tuesday, the first day that gays in the military could apply for benefits. WI has a domestic partner registry that grants a host of legal rights to same-sex couples.