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AMKE: The List 12-9-11

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The morning after pill topic turned a lot of heads this week. The Obama’s Administration’s top health official overruled the FDA and stopped plans to let the “Plan B” morning after pill move into drugstores where no one would need a prescription. The thought was that young girls shouldn’t be able to buy the pill on their own, so for now, Plan B will stay behind pharmacy counters, only available without a prescription to those 17 and older.

The Forest County Potawatomi Tribe is proposing to build an $18.5 million biogas energy project next to its Menomonee Valley casino. The plans call for a digester that would produce both electricity and heat that would provide for hot water and heating to the casino. Construction for the project would create roughly 61 jobs and if approved, work would begin late spring and be finished by 2013.

If you’re looking for Christmas ideas and want to support local Milwaukee stores and artists, well’s here’s your chance. It’s called the “Urban Garage Sale” and it’s hosted by Heavy Rotation and will take place at Turner Hall Ballroom tomorrow from 10 to 4 p.m. It’s a chance to not only support local vendors but to meet them face-to-face.

Governor Walker had a busy week as he signed nearly two-dozen bills into law. Some included the “Castle Doctrine”, which basically grants immunity to people who kill an intruder breaking into their home, vehicle or workspace. Assuming deadly force was justified though. Another bill is that stores can now sell beer, wine and other liquor starting at 6 a.m. Instead of 8 a.m. Also the Governor okayed legislation to cap attorney fees.

A $5.1 billion plan for a Midwest power grid was approved yesterday. The project was endorsed by the operator of the Midwest Wholesale Power Market. So basically it’s a 16 high-voltage power line that will help improve the flow of renewable energy from the windy plains states to the east as well as improve the ability of low-cost power to flow across the Midwest.

The Packers are in a position to host up to two playoff games in January, and there’s a lot of economic benefit that could come from it. A study released last year shows that a typical home game at Lambeau brings in about $12 million. So games give an economic boost for the team, the community and the state. More specifically you could look at hotels, restaurants and bars benefitting from the game.