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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 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.

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Crews work to battle brush fire east of Columbus that began as controlled burn

DODGE COUNTY (WITI) — Dodge County Sheriff’s officials say crews were working to battle a brush fire that broke out east of Columbus.

The call for the fire came in just after 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th.

The fire began as a controlled burn before it got out of control.

Officials say a shed was completely engulfed in flames, and was destroyed during the fire.

We’re told four buildings were on fire. The extent of the damage is unknown at this time.

A Sheriff’s official says there doesn’t appear to be any injuries.

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.”

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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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Spring ~ Where Are You?

Spring ~ Where Are You?

As the midwest begins a very slow thaw the common feeling is "I am so sick of winter".  At the first sign of warmer temperatures  yards were being cleaned up.  After months of snow cover there was a lot to do.  One Watertown resident stated that she "found a pair of shoes that were missing since the first snowfall".  With the sun warming things up during the day winter coats, gloves and hats have been put away. Many folks simply headed to warmer climates.  Enjoying a trip to Disneyworld or spring training camp. For most who enjoy summer there are plans for a garden. This is the time to gather ideas from magazines, gardening books and internet websites.  It is one creative way to pass the time until the earth has warmed.  For one Watertown resident she began making planters which now contain her indoor plants.  Linda Fuchs spends much of her time tending to her beautiful yard during the summer with plants and

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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  • I-43 overpass bridge over Highway 12 struck