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a.MKE The List: Tuition Hike Approved for UW Students & Last Day for Annual Health and Hygiene Drive: Today’s Top Stories

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Wisconsin’s 15 recall races have spent roughly $125 million dollars for campaigning. According to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, its figures include the money the candidates and outside groups spent in the nine recall races last summer and in the gubernatorial recall race. The government watchdog group says that the estimate does not include money spent on behalf of or by the candidates for lieutenant governor or those running for four senate seats this year. So the final number for all 15 races will likely be much higher.

Today the Greater Milwaukee Committee and partnering organizations are offering collaborative work space tours. Right now there are at least 25 collaborative work spaces throughout the city where operators provide offices, equipment, art studios and other shared resources. The tour will include seven of these spaces, such as Johnson Controls, Hudson Business Lounge and Bucketworks. The tour is part of Milwaukee Innovation Week. The goal of the tour is to show that big corporations can work alongside artists and entrepreneurs to drive innovation in a co-working space.

Today is the last day of the Milwaukee Area Labor Council’s annual “Health and Hygiene Drive” for Milwaukee’s homeless population. Two-dozen Milwaukee area homeless shelters are in need of health and hygiene products for their clients. Items include toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair care products, deodorant, laundry detergent, first aid supplies, plus much more. Items can be dropped off on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the United Way’s office, at the Milwaukee Area Labor Council offices or at any Milwaukee Fire Department station.

“Battle Against Dogfighting” is a volunteer-organized program and tomorrow it’s hosting its 3rd Annual Peace for Paws Community Event. The event is free and the goal is to educate the public about early intervention and community involvement when it comes to dogfighting. Battle Against Dogfighting Organizer, Anne Williams said, “Dogfighting is still something that most people in Milwaukee don’t believe exists. It’s not just about saving these pets – it’s about saving the kids, reducing violence, and making safe neighborhoods.” Tomorrow’s event runs from 12 to 4 at Calvary Baptist Church on Teutonia Avenue.

Tuitions throughout the University of Wisconsin System will rise 5.5% for the 2012-2013 school year. Top officials from the University of Wisconsin System met yesterday and agreed on the tuition increase. UW System President Kevin Reilly was the one who proposed to increase tuitions at all of the 13, four-year campuses. This is the sixth straight year that Reilly has recommended the maximum 5.5% tuition hike for in-state students. Reilly said the rate hikes would help compensate for cuts in state aid. So starting this fall, students will pay more than $10,000 annually in tuition and fees.

Tomorrow is the Miracle League of Milwaukee’s Opening Day Celebration. The Miracle League is a charitable organization that gives children with mental or physical challenges an opportunity to play baseball as a team in an organized league. The league itself has a customized turf that is handicap-accessible and fills the need in Milwaukee for recreational opportunity for youth with special needs and their families. Players will get a chance to run with the famous racing sausages, meet with Brewers’ Broadcaster Brian Anderson and utilize Milwaukee’s first and only miracle league complex. Tomorrow’s event will be held at the John C. Cudahy YMCA and it starts at 11:15.