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a.MKE THE List: Miller Park is LEED Certified & 13th Annual MANDI Awards: Today’s Top Stories

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Wisconsin is now on its way to offer vocational high school diplomas. Governor Walker signed a bill into law that allows school districts to create a separate curriculum and diploma for students wanting to specialize in technical skills. The goal is to connect employers looking for skilled workers with people interested in that particular career. The new law basically creates the equivalent of an advanced placement course for someone looking to go on a career track in the skilled trades. Districts could begin offering the new courses as soon as this fall.

The U.S. Green Building Council recently announced that Miller Park is now “LEED” certified. Miller Park is now the third Major League Baseball Stadium and the first stadium with a retractable roof to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certification. AT&T Park in San Francisco and Target Field in Minneapolis are the other two MLB stadiums that have achieved LEED status. The honor recognizes the Brewers and Johnson Controls, which is its facility manager, for committing to sustainability and efficiencies in the operations of Miller Park.

Today the 13th Annual MANDI Awards will take place at the Pfister Hotel and it’s hosted by LISC Milwaukee. The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development pay tribute to the people and organizations working hard to make Milwaukee a great place to live, learn, work and grow. LISC is all about helping neighbors build communities and is very active in the Clarke Square, Harambee, Layton Boulevard West, Lindsay Heights and Washington Park Neighborhoods.

With Wisconsin’s GOP Primary coming up in less than a week, state election officials are predicting voter turnout will be about 35% or 1.5 million voters. The Government Accountability Board released the numbers earlier this week and it’s the same as turnout in the 2008 primary between Democrats Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. GAB officials say turnout is expected to be similar, especially with the contested race for the Republican nomination.

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District’s Commission approved paying 500,000 for Wauwatosa’s Private Sewer work. The money will go toward the lining of private sanitary sewer laterals at 135 homes in two Tosa neighborhoods. The work is being done to reduce leaks of storm water into residential laterals that drain to municipal sanitary sewer mains. Excess storm water during heavy rains can also fill sewer mains quickly and cause backup into basements. Work will start this summer.

13-year-old Peyton Medick from Weston, Wisconsin is set to carry an Olympic torch in England this summer. Peyton is one of 22 other teens picked that have lived phenomenal lives.  At the age of 8, she started “Peyton’s Promise”, which has collected over 60 tons of food and raised thousands of dollars to feed the hungry. Peyton’s mother secretly entered her as a candidate to carry the torch and didn’t tell her she was chosen until two months later. Peyton will carry the torch during the Olympics on July 9th.