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AMKE: The List 8-16-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

After six months, we’re now down to just two recall elections. Today the Democrats will find out their fate. They were targeted after leaving the state earlier this year in order to delay Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to eliminate collective bargaining agreements for public workers.  The Republicans took a hold of the State Senate last week when they won four of six recall challenges. Now two parts of Wisconsin are in the height of the recalls. Voters in Kenosha and Racine County will cast ballots for either Democratic Incumbent Bob Wirch or challenger Republican Jonathan Steitz. In the Town of Minocqua, residents will cast ballots for Democratic Incumbent Jim Holperin or Republican challenger Kim Simac. Details available here.

For those of you who have a lengthy commute in the morning, gas prices went down a little bit. The average price for a gallon of gas in the metro area is five cents less than last week. We can see prices at roughly $3.58 a gallon, which is also slightly lower than the national average. Want to find out more? Just visit www.wuwm.edu.

Wisconsin and Milwaukee should be proud of this...we moved into the Top 10 in a new ranking of volunteerism in America. More than ⅓ of Wisconsin residents serve as volunteers for nonprofits and community organizations. Milwaukee is the city leading the nation with 73.9% of volunteers returning year-after-year. These positive stats really show the dedication of our nonprofit groups along with our effective volunteers. To find out more, click here.

The Wisconsin State Fair saw its largest attendance in state history. It topped more than 900,000 people. That’s about 35,000 more than last year. Besides the fried food on a stick, the grizzly bear show definitely drew in large crowds, and more police were added to the fairgrounds after the opening day violence. To read more, visit www.jsonline.com.

This town sits right outside Wisconsin’s State Capitol and it’s ranked in the “Top 10 Best Places to Live.”

It’s the Town of Middleton! It’s ranked 8th on Money Magazine’s “Top Best Places to Live”. It’s population is roughly 17,000 people and it’s downtown is filled with cool shops and restaurants, as well as a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired project that mixes homes and businesses with his style. Near Milwaukee, Whitefish Bay came in at 65. And the top place to live?...Well that’s Louisville, Colorado...known as a “sunny, lively mountain town.” To find out more of the list, see www.jsonline.com.

Google is getting into the Mobile Phone Business. It bought Motorola Mobility yesterday for $12.5 billion. This deal changes the nature and competition of Apple and the iPhone with Google and its new Android partners. Want more? Just click here.