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a.MKE The List: Gov. Walker's UW-Flexible Degree & Grand Opening of Clock Shadow Building: Today’s Top Stories

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Today marks the grand opening celebration of the Clock Shadow Building in Milwaukee’s Historic Walker’s Point neighborhood. The Clock Shadow building is a $7 million commercial building that features locally sourced and recycled materials, sustainable technologies, and partnerships designed to spur business growth throughout the neighborhood. Some of the building’s tenants include Purple Door Ice Cream, The Healing Center, and Clock Shadow Creamery – which is one of a few urban cheese factories in the nation. Tours will be given from 3:30 to 5, with a celebration to follow. The event is free and open to the public.

Governor Walker recently announced a new online degree initiative that aims to make college more affordable and accessible. The new “UW Flexible Degree” is a transformation of higher education in Wisconsin and the goal is for it to drive up the state’s per capita income by producing more college graduates trained for higher-paying jobs. The degree path will allow adults to start classes anytime, work at their own pace and earn credit for what they already have learned in school or on the job once they prove college-level competencies. The new program could start as early as this fall.

An additional 200 apartments are being considered in Milwaukee’s Park East Area. Developer Barry Mandel is working on another expansion at the North End Apartments and the next phase being considered would create 200 apartments to be built above street-level retail space. The project would be north of East Pleasant Street, between Water Street and the Milwaukee River. Mandel says that the demand for apartments in and around downtown remains strong, especially among people in their 20’s.

The Milwaukee Brewer’s Ryan Braun is helping out Wisconsin’s largest AIDS fundraiser. Braun was recently named the honorary chair of the “AIDS Walk Wisconsin 2012”. Braun said in a statement that he is proud to do whatever he can to raise awareness and generate support. The October 6th AIDS walk is put on by AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, which helps raise money and provide resources for over 6,600 people with HiV in our state. The annual fundraiser is held in Milwaukee and has raised more than $10.5 million over the last 22 years.

Racine election officials began recounting the ballots of the 21st Senate District Recall Race yesterday morning. The Government Accountability Board officially ordered a recount in the state Senate recall race on Monday. The recount comes at the request of Republican State Senator, Van Wanggaard. Last week’s canvass found him trailing democratic challenger John Lehman by 834 votes. The election is important because the state Senate currently has 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans. The winner will give his party majority control. Now the county will have until July 2nd to complete the recount.

There’s a new partnership between MPS and Morehouse College. Morehouse College is a 147-year-old historically black institution for men in Atlanta. The partnership has attracted enough local business dollars to support near-full ride academic scholarships for 10 Milwaukee-area graduates. The recipients include seven MPS students, one from Homestead High School in Mequon, one from Shorewood High and one from Madison. For Morehouse, the partnership is a trial run for a larger, nationwide push to recruit more students from cities with historically low graduation rates and high incarceration rates.