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a.MKE: Wisconsin Food Banks, Tim Russell sentenced, Hillary Clinton questioned and DOT construction 1.23.13

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Timothy Russell has been sentenced to 2 years in prison with 5 years probation for stealing $21,000 from a veterans organization. Russell, a former aide to Gov. Scott Walker, was in charge of funds raised for Walker's annual "Operation Freedom" veterans picnic a the zoo.  Russell served as Walker's deputy chief of staff, housing director and in other administrative posts while Walker was Milwaukee county executive.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will answer questions from the Republican members of Congress today during her long awaited testimony about the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton will testify 90 minutes before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the morning and 90 minutes before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in the afternoon.

Drivers can expect major changes on freeways and roads Thursday as the Wisconsin DOT is scheduled to begin construction on the Zoo Interchange. Crews will remove and replace the Greenfield Avenue Bridge and the freeway in the area around the bridge will be closed. To get around the closure, use 84th Street, Lincoln Avenue and Highway 100.

Feeding America food banks are forming a statewide association to provide a more coordinated and efficient way to acquire and distribute food to thousands in need. 20 million pounds of food are distributed each year with a 33% increase in demand for food. UnitedHealthcare is donating $100,000 to help start up the association.