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AMKE: The List 10-24-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

Flu season, definitely not our favorite season but it needs to be addressed. Health officials announced on Friday that there are confirmed cases of influenza and wants to remind residents to get their flu shot if they haven’t already. Generally flu season in Wisconsin doesn’t start until November and runs through March, but it’s here a bit early. To learn about flu clinics in Wisconsin, click here.

The Forest County Potawatomi Community plans to expand its efforts to reduce their energy use and carbon footprint with a new solar panel project here in Milwaukee. The project uses American-made products and the panels will reduce CO2 emissions by 41 tons a year. The Potawatomi Community is ranked 12th on the Environmental Protection Agency's top 20 list of green power purchasers.

Great news for MPS.  It’s being nationally recognized for an award for homeless education. The program helps thousands of homeless children succeed in school, such as enrollment assistance, transportation, tutoring, school supplies, and much more.  More than 80% of children live in poverty, and this program is trying to lower that.

President Obama declared an end to the Iraq War on Friday. Obama said, “After nearly nine years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.” The war being one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history. But the end is near and U.S. troops will be withdrawn by the end of 2011.

Milwaukee County might receive $12.7 million in state grants for buses after a recommendation was made on Friday. Milwaukee County was competing against Racine and Kenosha counties for $15 million of leftover grant money from the commuter rail project that was canceled. The money would be used for express bus routes.

The Brewers recently donated 150 trees to the State Department of Natural Resources and they're being planted on the Hank Aaron State Trail. They donated one tree for every 20,000 tickets sold during their regular season. That's a lot of tickets, needless to say. The idea was to offset the trees used to print tickets.