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a.MKE: Adele Comes Out On Top at Grammys & The Mayor's Manufacturing Partnership: Today's Top Stories

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Today is “World Radio Day.” So back in November, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural organization, approved today as “World Day of Radio”. Today is all about raising awareness of the importance of radio, facilitating access to information through radio and enhancing networking among broadcasters.

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation plans on donating more than $660,000 in grants to strengthen nine nonprofits in the Milwaukee-area that promote wellness education and family involvement. The grants will enable wellness and health programs to continue on through another year. President of the Foundation, John Kordsmeier said, “Instilling healthy habits in children and their families is a powerful way for Northwestern mutual to leave a legacy on future generations.”

The 54th annual Grammy Awards took place from the Staple Center in Los Angeles last night. With Kanye West receiving the most nominations, pop stars like Adele came out as the top winner, collecting six trophies including record, song and album of the year. Then of course Wisconsin’s very own Bon Iver had a very big night and accepted the award for best new artist and he also snagged the best alternative music album.  We’ll have more Grammy details on our website.

Today Mayor Barrett is expected to unveil a new program called “The Mayor’s Manufacturing Partnership” during his State of the City address. Mayor Barrett is hoping to address the gap between workers looking for jobs and companies looking for workers, so the new program will essentially custom-tailor job training to employers’ needs. The main theme of today’s speech is jobs and economic development. The speech starts at 8:30 this morning at a Menomonee Valley plant.

Yesterday M&I bank presented a donation to the Hunger Task Force based on the number of visitors to their holiday display last December and Milwaukee Bucks Point Guard Brandon Jennings was at the task force warehouse shooting hoops to reveal the donation grand total. The 39th M&I holiday display is part of giving back to local families and fighting hunger in our community.

The 48-year-old pop-diva, Whitney Houston, was found dead on Saturday afternoon in her room at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. The cause of her death is still under investigation. Houston emerged in the 1980’s as one of her generations greatest R&B voices, known for her song “I wanna dance with somebody” and her signature song “I will always love you.” last night during the Grammys, Jennifer Hudson led a tribute in honor of Houston, who she says inspired her own career.