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a.MKE The List: 511 Gives WI Drivers Travel Info & Winter Road Condition Updates/Award Winnter of the 'Mi Comunidad' : Today’s Top Stories

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Governor Walker gave the keynote address at a Conservative Legislative Forum yesterday in Austin, Texas. The goal of the forum was to promote conservative positions in state government. Walker talked about his time cutting government spending and promoting conservative values as Wisconsin’s governor; however during the address, protesters gathered outside of the downtown Austin hotel, rallying against Walker’s quote “assault on working families and coordinated right wing attack.”

Big changes are coming to the Milwaukee County Transit System, including three new metro-express routes, two new local routes and a transferring service from three other routes. In total, there’s roughly 25 routes affected by the changes. Schedules are now up for the public to view before they become they kick in on January 29th.  Details at RIDEMCTS.com.

Milwaukee’s well-known manufacturing company, Master Lock, was praised by President Obama earlier this week for quote “bringing jobs back to Milwaukee from China”. Master Lock was one of a select group of businesses to take part in a White House forum on  “insourcing” which basically means returning jobs to the U.S. that had been sent overseas. Master Lock is the world’s largest manufacturer of padlocks and other security products.

With snow finally here and more expected to come, the state is reminding drivers that you can always check the state’s travel information system. The system gives real-time traffic information, including winter road conditions. DOT Officials say the 511 server has been upgraded so it can handle a heavy wave of calls. All you have to do is call 511 or log onto 511WI.gov.

Director of the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is Manni Marquez, and he’s also the 2011 “Mi Comunidad” award winner. The award recognizes a hero in Milwaukee’s Hispanic community each year and Marquez has been making a difference in the revitalization of the Clarke Square Neighborhood for more than 15 years. Marquez hopes quote “the award sheds even more positive light on the neighborhood, encouraging investment and increased community involvement."

With the Packers game set for Sunday, Green Bay City Officials are planning on hosting a Packers’ pep rally this today at 3. It’s going to be held at the Brown County Courthouse Lawn in downtown Green Bay. The Packers President and CEO, along with Green Bay’s Mayor are even expected to attend.