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a.MKE THE List: WI Dept of Justice Struggles to Meet Conceal Carry Permit Applications & UWM's Youngest Graduate: Today’s Top Stories

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The DOT already announced that it’s not including a bike path on the reconstructed Hoan Bridge, but there are talks of possible changes to ramps on the lake interchange, the portion of 794 between the Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee Street. The key point is to remove the 794 eastbound exit and westbound entrance ramps that connect with Lincoln Memorial Drive. City officials want to enhance the interchange by creating easier access to the lakefront.

Milwaukee County Officials plan to buy 136 low emission buses using federal grants. The buses will help to update the transit system’s aging fleet, including buses that are at least 12 years old and have more than 500,000 miles on them. 55 of these buses will be put on the streets starting in March and the second order will start service in 2013.

So UW-Milwaukee and Marquette students had their graduation over the weekend. But what’s cool is, Macyn Taylor of UW-Milwaukee earned her music degree but she’s only 17, so that makes her the youngest graduate ever to cross the stage. Apparently Taylor’s dad drove her to campus everyday from Racine. Taylor loves playing guitar and actually has a CD on the way.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is struggling to meet deadlines for conceal carry permit applications. It’s been less than six weeks, and over 56,000 people have applied for a permit, and thousands more bought handguns. The department is asking employees to work overtime to help make the deadline. There’s another three weeks to process applications received after December 1st.

Associated Bank plans on closing 21 branches throughout the Midwest in early 2012, and four of those branches will be closing here in Milwaukee. Those include downtown, a branch in Greendale, one in Brookfield as well as Waukesha. Bank Executives plan on making their branches more profitable and plan on undergoing a major branch-remodeling project despite the closures.

The Hunger Task Force is teaming up with Sargento and the Packers, and this morning there’s a “Touchdowns for Charity Tailgate Party.” Sargento plans to donate 1,000 dollars to the Hunger Task Force every time the Packers score. So far the Pack have 58 touchdowns and two games left before the playoffs. All the money donated will go to the fight against hunger.