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AMKE: The List 12-7-11

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There’s a methane pipe problem at the south shore sewage treatment plant in Oak Creek, which has been causing the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to pay a $4,000 utility bill each day since early November. Now depending on how long repairs take for the plant’s methane gas distribution system, the total utility cost could be up to $448,000 by end the of February.

Yesterday the public got the chance to speak out about Governor Walker’s Administration’s new policy restricting access to the Capitol. This was the first of three sessions hosted by Capitol Police. Concerns were raised over free speech rights and those responsible for organizing events to be liable for security costs and any damage.

Now although UW-Madison has already sold out its share of Rose Bowl tickets, state officials are warning football fans to keep an eye out for ticket scams. Officials say that buying tickets from classified ads or online increases the chances the tickets could be fake. They’re also saying make sure tickets are endorsed from sources like UW-Madison or the National Association of Ticket Brokers.

Last night members of the MPS Innovation/School Reform Committee met to talk about closing several low performing or under enrolled Milwaukee schools and expanding some start programs into bigger buildings. The goal is to maximize space in a district where enrollment is declining and to look at the school system’s buildings and its needs.

Marquette University’s newest addition and athletic director is Larry Williams, a former two-time all American offensive lineman at Notre Dame and former NFL lineman. Williams is replacing Steve Cottingham who resigned this past summer due to questionable practices by the school and athletic department regarding two cases of sexual assault involving student athletes. 

Wisconsin glass artist, Beth Lipman of Sheboygan Falls, won a $50,000 grant from the United States Artists Organization. She was one of 52 artists, musicians, writers and performers awarded the grant. If you want to see Lipman’s art, it will be a part of “The Tool at Hand” show, which opens tomorrow at the Milwaukee Art Museum.