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a.MKE: Goodbye to Roots and hello new construction! 9.17.12

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According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, Dane County Circuit Court judge Juan Colas struck down key portions of Gov. Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill from 2011 that cut back on the collective bargaining rights of most public employees in the state. Gov. Walker said he's confident that the state will win the appeal. Read more here.

Roots Restaurant and Cellar, opened in Brewers Hill in 2004 as the only farmer-chef owned restaurant in the state, served it's last meal yesterday. It will reopen under new ownership and concept in the future, but details have not been released.

Froedert Hospital in Wauwatosa announced they will invest $117million for a new building that will house space for both Froedert's transplant center and the hospital's heart and vascular center. They are expected to break ground before the end of the year.

Construction on new projects began this weekend in Riverwest and the lower east side. Site prep is underway on North Avenue in Riverwest for a 122-Unit apartment buidling and in Kadish Park for an ampitheater. A three apartment building complex has been started on Norht Jackson.