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a.MKE The List: Flynn Puts More Officers on Buses & Rodgers Named AP's Male Athlete of the Year: Today’s Top Stories

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With the recent assaults on Milwaukee buses and bus stops, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn is putting police officers on buses to patrol and prevent attacks. So if you see officers along for a ride, they’re there to keep crime under control. This also includes enhancing police presence near bus stops, with the effort targeting to areas where there are the most reports of problems.

First it was Sporting News and now it’s The Associated Press naming Aaron Rodgers the 2011 Male Athlete of the Year. This comes after his MVP performance in the Super Bowl and his outstanding year as quarterback. Rodgers is one of three quarterbacks to receive the honor in the past five years. And Wisconsin will be watching Rodgers this Sunday when the Pack take on the Bears at 7:20. And for those of you who will be at the game…I’m jealous.

Milwaukee County’s Pension Board failed to adopt a 2012 budget for operating the county’s pension system because of concerns over a staffing cut dispute from the County Retirement System. The board voted 4-1 in favor of the $9.9 million budget, but five votes are needed for it to pass. The board will plan a special meeting sometime next week with hopes to approve the budget.

Apparently the loss of Prince Fielder and the possible suspension of MVP Ryan Braun didn’t stop fans from wanting to go to games. Brewers have already sold one million tickets for next season, making it the earliest date in franchise history. The team’s chief operating officer said, “with more than three million in attendance in three of the last four years, the fan support has been off the charts."