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AMKE: The List 11-22-11

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Yesterday marked the last day the Congressional Supercommittee had to reach a deficit-reduction deal before its Wednesday deadline. The legislation has to be available for 48 hours before a vote, but instead of an agreement, the committee went to admit it has failed with no final-hour deal made. The goal of the committee was to have the 12 members of Congress come to an agreement of $1.2 trillion in deficit reductions over a decade.

With the season of giving here, it’s important to know what type of donations are needed for food banks. There’s healthy and in demand nonperishable items that food bank operators recommend.  Items like peanut butter, low-sugar cereal, cans of 100% juice, canned vegetables, rice, etc. So many donated foods are too high in salt, sugar and calories, making it hard for people with high blood pressure, diabetes and other diet-related health problems.

Restoration plans are in the works for one of downtown Milwaukee’s best known historic buildings, The Iron Block Building. Developer Charles Trainer plans to buy and renovate the building on the corner of Wisconsin Ave and Water Street. Only about 20 employees work in the building now, but that could change once it’s restored and fully leased.

Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney had quite a busy weekend as his campaign collected some high-profile endorsements in New Hampshire. There hasn’t been any TV ads running for Romney yet, instead his campaign is focused on raising money and adding muscle as the other republican opponents try to overcome weaknesses.

It’s that time of the year when the Baseball Writers Association of American announces who its MVP is for each league…The National League MVP is between either Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Matt Kemp of the Dodgers. The debate is expected to light up tonight when the award is announced.

Wauwatosa’s Restore has diverted more than 3.5 million pounds of usable materials from landfills and has recently helped fund five new Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity homes in the Harambee neighborhood. If you’re looking to take part, Restore also takes donations of new and used building material, furniture and applianances and resells those goods to the public.