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a.MKE: Summerfest Changes Carry In Policy & Ways to Work Loan Offices: Today's Top Stories

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Even though yesterday was a holiday, that didn’t mean utility workers weren’t hard at work trying to help the more than a million people stuck without power due to the heat wave. As of yesterday morning, about 1.1 million customers across 11 states had no electricity, which was down from the 1.8 million late Monday. excessive heat warnings have been in place for portions of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Missouri, Illinois and more. The major power outage was spurred by deadly heat-driven storms that started last Friday. Crews and power companies are still working to help repair some of the damage.

The Legislature’s Finance Committee recently approved funds to process more concealed carry permits. A State Justice Department request asked for another $788,000 to hire more workers to process the concealed carry applications. As of mid-June, the DOJ was receiving more than 2,000 applications per week. The committee’s panel, Republican co-chairs Senator Alberta Darling and Republican Robin Vos, said in a letter that no one had objected and the request was approved.

With a heat advisory in effect until tomorrow, Summerfest officials are responding to the heat by changing their carry in policy. Patrons are allowed to carry in unopened clear bottles of water, empty collapsible or refillable water bottles for personal use. Summerfest has also set up misting stations at the north, south and middle of the grounds. In addition, air conditioned buses will be located at those sites for anyone who might need medical attention. Officials have also increased their on site staff to handle medical emergencies.

Historic Milwaukee is inviting the public to attend its summer walking tours. This Sunday you can join Historic Milwaukee expert tour guide Judy Wimmer and explore the history and architecture of churches along Wisconsin Avenue. The tour will take you through a collection of churches primarily constructed as early as the late 1860s through the 1920s. Other future tours include the Calvary Cemetery, Historic Yankee Hill, South Side churches, and more. This Sunday’s tour starts at 1 p.m.

A Milwaukee County Parks Program focused on restoring the ecological quality of the 10,000 acre county park system, received a Leopold award for its restoration efforts. The award looks at the county’s natural area program, which includes joint efforts from local colleges, Americorps, The Park People and more. Projects include the removal of invasive species from natural areas, a youth conservation program, wildlife habitat restoration and a college internship program.  Over 14,000 volunteer hours on park restoration work have been logged since 2009 and the efforts have resulted in the restoration of over 2,600 acres.