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a.MKE THE List: Democrats Choose a New Senate President & Brewer's Hill Literacy Day: Today’s Top Stories

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Today the United Way of Greater Milwaukee is officially launching its new effort to recruit 3,000 volunteer readers, tutors and mentors. The start of this effort is “Brewer’s Hill Literacy Day”. The one day event will involve over 250 college interns from nine major companies throughout the city and they will be paired with more than 250 children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee and COA Youth and Family Centers. The goal of today’s event is to help raise awareness about the important role adults play in a child’s academic success. Today’s Brewer’s Hill Literacy Day will take place from 1:30 to 4 at Carver Elementary School.

Today the State Senate will meet so Democrats who are taking the majority can elect a new Senate president. This comes after state election officials certified that Democratic Senator John Lehman defeated Republican Senator Van Wanggaard in the June 5th Racine recall election. Republican and Demoratic Senate leaders will meet to name Senator Fred Risser president and Senator Tim Carpenter president pro-tempore. This move means that Democrats will officially take control of the Wisconsin Senate.

A heat advisory is in effect through tonight for all of Southeast and South-Central Wisconsin. The heat index is expected to be as high as 105. City health officials are warning people to check on those who might be vulnerable during extreme heat and officials are encouraging residents to drink plenty of water, listen to your body, and spend the hottest part of the day in a cool place. We’ll have a complete list of county pools, wading pools and splash pad times on our website.

There’s a new UW-Madison residence hall that will be named in honor of American Indians. Dejope Residence Hall opens August 26th and it will be home to over 400 students near the Lake Mendota shore. The name was chosen after consulting with members of the Ho-Chunk nation. In the Ho-Chunk language, Dejope means “four lakes” and Ho-Chunk and other American Indian tribes used to live on the land near the lakes. The residence hall will also recognize tribal culture, including a fire circle and plaques representing the 11 Indian nations in Wisconsin.

Milwaukee County Parks are extending pool hours today to help area residents beat the heat. All deep well pools will stay open until 7:30 p.m. – that includes pools in Hales Corner, Holler, Jackson, McCarty, Sheridan, Washington, and more. Also, both of the aquatic parks cool waters at Greenfield Park and David F. Shulz at Lincoln Park will remain open until 8 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, today is expected to be another hot one with temps reaching 100.