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Celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood in May

MADISON (WITI) – World Red Cross Day is a time to recognize worldwide efforts advocating for the relief of human suffering, whether from disease, disaster, war or famine. It’s celebrated May 8th — the birthday of Swiss businessman and social activist Henry Dunant, who founded the International Committee of the Red Cross in 1863. You can celebrate World Red Cross Day by donating blood.

The Red Cross is dedicated to helping people in communities large and small across the country, responding to natural and man-made disasters; offering health and safety training and disaster preparedness education; and assisting military members and their families.

About 40 percent of the country’s blood is also collected by the Red Cross, which meets the needs of patients at approximately 2,700 hospitals and transfusion centers nationwide.

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“This is a game changer”: Investors to buy Milw. Bucks for $550 million

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Sen. Herb Kohl, Milwaukee Bucks President and Owner, has announced that he has entered into a signed purchase agreement to transfer ownership of the Bucks to Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry.  Mr. Edens and Mr. Lasry are highly regarded investors who are firmly committed to the success of the franchise and its importance to Milwaukee.

Furthermore, consistent with his commitment to the Bucks and Milwaukee, Senator Kohl has pledged a $100 million gift for the development of a new arena for the team.  In addition to honoring Kohl’s requirement that the team be kept in Milwaukee, the new owners have committed to contribute at least an additional $100 million towards the development of a new arena in the city.

North Shore residents watching Milwaukee River level closely

MEQUON (WITI) — Although the rain had stopped on Monday, April 14th — this weekend’s rains led to flooding concerns — and Flood Warnings were issued for five counties: Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine and Sheboygan, as officials monitored flooding concerns along the Fox River, the Root River, the Milwaukee River and the Sheboygan River.

The water was visibly higher along the Milwaukee River near Cedarburg Road on Monday. It caused some road closures in areas that are prone to flooding, and residents living nearby tried to prepare as best they could.

A weekend of rain caused concern on Monday for those living near area rivers — like the Milwaukee River.

“It started real light, and then it picked up. I was worried we were going to get really bad flooding,” Gerry Johnson said.

Johnson lives near Island Drive and Shoreland Parkway in Mequon.

Roads closed in Ozaukee Co. as officials monitor flooding

OZAUKEE COUNTY (WITI) — The Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office’s Division of Emergency Management has been monitoring water levels since the start of the first round of rain this weekend. Officials expect the Milwaukee River to crest at around 13.5 feet in the area of County Highway C (Pioneer Road) some time on Tuesday, April 15th. Officials have closed roads in Ozaukee County due to flooding.

Ozaukee County Sheriff’s officials say: “While we do not have point forecasts for river crest levels for other points on the river or other waterways in the county, we believe most will experience at least some high water and low area flooding.”

Folks are encouraged to stay informed by monitoring National Weather Service and local media broadcasts for up to the minute information.

Usher to headline at Summerfest on Sunday, July 6th

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials announced the ninth major show slated for Summerfest 2014.  Usher with special guest Bebe Rexha will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Sunday, July 6. Milwaukee will be User’s only stop in the U.S. this summer.

Usher is getting ready to release his much anticipated eighth studio album that is due out Fall 2014.  He will also star as boxer Sugar Ray Leonard in the upcoming film “Hands of Stone,” a biopic of boxer Roberto Duran played by Edgar Ramirez that co-stars Robert De Niro due out late 2014.  Usher is also currently enjoying his second season as a coach on NBC’s Emmy award winning hit reality TV show “The Voice.”

PICTURES: Submit pictures to show you’re “Backing Bucky!”

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — How are you showing your support for the Wisconsin Badgers basketball team this week! Take a picture and CLICK THE “SUBMIT YOUR PHOTO” button just below. We may use your photo on-air.

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Overpass bridge must be inspected after it is struck by over-sized load

WALWORTH COUNTY (WITI) — Walworth County Sheriff’s officials say an overpass bridge must be inspected following an incident involving a semi-trailer and an over-sized load that occurred on Monday evening, March 31st.

It happened on Highway 12 and I-43.

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