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AMKE: The List 11-2-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

Governor Walker’s Administration recently adjusted plans to close the $554 million gap in Medicaid programs for the poor. The deadline is approaching for deciding whether Wisconsin will drop the health coverage from tens of thousands of state residents. The budget committee is expected to take on the proposal next week.

So this is pretty interesting…yesterday was the first day of Wisconsin’s concealed carry law and more than 83,000 application forms were downloaded. The state starting issuing permits yesterday afternoon, but since they’re being mailed, it takes a few days before applicants will get them. In order to get a permit though, you must be 21-years-old, pass a background check and undergo training.

“Field of Dreams”…if you’re a baseball fan, then you remember the Lansing Farm with its baseball diamond. The film made the farm a popular tourist attraction and now, Ken Sanders who was a pitcher in the major leagues for 10 seasons including the Brewers, recently helped sell the field. The site will be preserved but there will be a baseball and softball tournament facility built near the farm.

The Assembly passed a bill giving homeowners more authority when it comes to using deadly force against intruders. The bill was passed yesterday and now goes to the Senate. It’s also known as the “Castle Doctrine” saying that one’s home is one’s castle, and this particular legislation would give powerful legal protection to homeowners.

Over $12 million in congestion mitigation and air quality improvement funds were awarded to pay for two new express bus routes in Milwaukee. The routes would connect the airport to Bayshore via downtown and UW-Milwaukee. Taking advantage of these funds helps preserve Milwaukee’s public transit system.

Wisconsin earned a “B” from the March of Dimes report card, which scores each state’s preterm birth rate against the group’s goal of reducing the nation’s preterm birth rate. Wisconsin took its rate from 11.4% down to 10.9 % within the past year. The report also stated that Wisconsin is moving in the right direction when it comes to reducing premature deaths throughout the state.