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a.MKE The List: Heat Wave Continues in Milwaukee & Cathedral Center's Cool Room Overflow Shelter: Today’s Top Stories

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Yesterday was the start of another heat wave in Milwaukee with the temp reaching the mid 90’s and there’s even a chance for triple-digit temps today. If Milwaukee hits 100 degrees then it will be the first time in seventeen years. The Milwaukee County Parks Department extended hours of operation for wading pools, splash pads and deep well pools for today and tomorrow. City health officials are warning Milwaukee-area residents to be smart about the warm weather, drink a lot of water, stay cool and watch out for heat-illness warning signs, including cramps, heat exhaustion and heat strokes.

UW-Milwaukee recently announced that its men’s basketball team will play its home games next season on campus at the Klotsche Center. The university said they would not be renewing their lease at the U.S. Cellular Arena, which is where their games used to be played. UWM’s new Athletic Director, Andy Geiger, said that students pay fees totaling $4 million to support the athletic department and fans deserve to be able to see the team on campus.  The Klotsche Center seats 3,400 fans, which is below the 5,000 minimum required in the Horizon League, but Geiger said UWM asked the league for a waiver and received one.

Governor Walker plans to declare a state of emergency for flooded counties in northern Wisconsin. The emergency declaration will affect Douglas, Ashland and Bayfield counties and will help local governments pay for the unreimbursed costs of damage and cleanup to public infrastructure. Back on June 19th and 20th, flooding from heavy rains damaged more than 500 homes and businesses and did more than $2.5 million in damage to roads and culverts. Some roads are still under water. Governor Walker said, “Damage done in just a couple of days can take weeks or months to recover from. We want to make sure we are doing everything we can to help move the process along.”

The Park East Housing project recently won county committee approval, but it received objections from the local janitors union. Stewart Wangard is the lead partner in the project and members of the janitors union criticized Wangard for replacing a union janitorial firm with a non-union firm at a downtown office building back in November. The project, also known as “Block 26”, would be an apartment complex on about two acres of land in the Park East Corridor. Supporters say it will help create construction jobs and the tax base created by the project is badly needed. The full board will take up the issue later today.

Historic Milwaukee is asking the public to help design a t-shirt that will reflect the spirit and support of this year’s “Open Doors Milwaukee” event. The t-shirt design must be inspired by the open doors event, which last year over 10,000 people experienced. The grand prize winner will have his or her entry selected as the design for the open doors 2012 t-shirt, which will be printed and sold by Historic Milwaukee. The winner will also receive a one-year HMI individual membership and a cash prize. CEO of Laughlin Constable, Steven Laughlin, will be choosing the winner. The deadline is now extended to July 15th.

The Cathedral Center is currently operating a cool room overflow shelter for women in need throughout Milwaukee. The shelter accommodates up to 10 additional single women during the summer when the normal shelters reach full capacity. Cool room clients will be provided with a cot, sheets, blankets, snacks, hygiene items, and more. The center currently has a “cool room wish list” for these women, and donations are being accepted Monday through Friday from 9 to 4. The cool room shelter will be open seven days a week, now through August 31st.