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a.MKE: Greendale bullying program, StartUp Milwaukee, City Hall renovations and Walker's FoodShare changes 3.19.13

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 Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a change in requirements for individuals to receive food stamps in Wisconsin. Under Walker's budget, able-bodied adults would have to go through twenty hours of job training and/or work per week in order to get FoodShare benefits. Benefits for people who have dependents under 18, a disability or are elderly would not be impacted. The proposal calls for a pilot program first in Racine, Kenosha and Walworth counties before it would be implemented state-wide. It still has to go through lawmakers for approval.

Greendale High School, where a bullied student called in a bomb threat last fall in retaliation for being voted onto the homecoming court as a joke, is hosting a regional anti-bullying event Wednesday. The event will feature an acclaimed documentary about bullying and former Green Bay Packer Gilbert Brown, who was bullied as a teen and has a foundation to mentor kids. The event is free to the public and starts at 7pm.

As reported by the Milwaukee Business Journal, Startup Milwaukee has launched an internship program that matches college students with local technology startups that are offering both paid and for-credit internships this summer. More than 25 startups have signed onto the program, and internships include positions in web development, mobile development, design, sales and marketing.

Workers this week are conducting a fourth inspection of the troubled terra cotta facade at City Hall. The focus of the inspection has been on the grout used to fill hollow terra cotta components during the $76 million renovation that ended in late 2008. In February 2011, a piece of terra cotta fell off the building. In May 2012, the city filed a lawsuit against the engineering firms, the architect and the general contractor involved in the renovation project. City officials hope to begin repairs on the terra cotta this spring, a job that could take up to two years.