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A.MKE THE List: Walker and Barrett Go Head to Head in Televised Debate & 105th Anniversary of Milwaukee County Parks: Today’s Top Stories

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Last night Governor Walker and Mayor Barrett met for one final debate before Tuesday’s recall election. Barrett stayed on the offensive side, focusing on the ongoing secret investigation of Walker aides and divisions within the state since Walker was sworn in 17 months ago. Walker spent majority of his time touting his record and delivering jabs at Barrett. The debate was held at Marquette University Law School and was broadcast statewide from Milwaukee. Voter turnout in Tuesday’s election is expected to be as high as 65%. Just a reminder that today is the last day for in-person absentee voting before Tuesday’s historic recall election.

If you’re a fan of the Wisconsin State Fair or if you’re looking for some extra work this summer, the public is invited to attend the 2012 Wisconsin State Fair “Job Fair” tomorrow from 8 to 11 a.m. The fair is looking for energetic and customer service-focused individuals to fill a variety of seasonal positions for the 161st annual state fair. Positions are needed in the grounds, admissions and security departments. Applicants must be 16 years of age by the start of the fair and for security positions, applicants must by at least 18-years of age. Wisconsin’s State Fair runs from August 2nd through 12th.

The former Esser Paint Site and Tower Automotive Complex sit on Milwaukee’s north side and they’ll both be getting additional federal grants to continue environmental cleanup work. The City Redevelopment Authority received a $600,000 grant from the EPA to help pay for cleaning up hazardous substances on those properties. The 84-acre former tower site is now known as Century City, and it’s about to undergo a $35 million redevelopment plan. Most of the area will be transformed into a business park.

Starting today, the Cathedral Center will operate a cool room overflow shelter for women in need throughout Milwaukee. The shelter will be able to accommodate 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.

The Milwaukee County Park System and the Park People of Milwaukee are asking the public to join them as they celebrate the 105th Anniversary of Milwaukee County Parks. A special event is being held tomorrow at McKinley Park on the lakefront. The celebration will include live music, history lessons about our local parks, youth activities, plus much more. 105 Days of Summer is just the beginning…there’s also what’s called the Oak Leaf Discovery Passport Tour which encourages the public to get out into the parks and explore the 115 mile stretch of the Oak Leaf Trail.

Today some talented local teens will be taking their place on stage at Carnegie Hall for the 2012 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Ceremony. Named “Portfolio Gold Medalists” are Nicolet High School Senior, Leo Purman, and Pius XI High School Senior, Drew Shields. Both Leo and Drew will accept a $10,000 cash scholarship onstage during the ceremony. The awards are the country’s longest-running, most prestigious scholarship and recognition program for creative teenagers. This year, the program received over 200,000 submissions from students across the country.