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AMKE: The List 9-1-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

Republican Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald said he’s running for the U.S. Senate Seat, which is held by retiring Democratic Senator Herb Kohl. Republican Congressman Mark Neumann told the public recently that he’s making a go for the seat as well.

More than 100 soldiers from the Wausau-based Army Reserve Unit are home and reunited with their families after being delayed from Hurricane Irene. The troops spent a year in Afghanistan working on clearing roadside bombs. If you ever want to send a care package or donate to our Wisconsin troops, there are many sites online that makes it easy to do. Here are a few of them: Honor Our Military, WI We Care, Veteran Affairs.

It’s September 1st…not only is it the first day of classes for MPS schools but it’s also the start of Milwaukee’s Eat Local Challenge.

It’s a chance for community members to see what foods they can live without and what local alternatives they can support. Some examples are to try new recipes with local foods, go to a farmer’s market for your vegetables, share your garden with friends, or visit a restaurant that uses local foods. The challenge is two weeks long and the great part about it?...you make your own rules. Wisconsinites spend nearly $200 billion annually in food, so if we all spent just 10% locally, roughly $1.9 billion of that would stay in our communities.

For the first time in its history, Arlington National Cemetery is about to get an accurate record of all the people buried there. There were hundreds of misidentified and mislabeled graves and this new project would eliminate that. It involves creating a digital database, which means crosschecking records that started in the 1800’s with handwritten entries. They’ve had some the database completed along the way and it should be ready for review by the end of the month.

The U.S Environmental Protection Agency is spending $100,000 for a new storm water pollution control strategy for the Menomonee River watershed. There’s a partnership of 17 different communities in the river basin, from Germantown to Greenfield and Brookfield to Milwaukee. Besides working towards water quality improvements, communities could also save money by sharing costs.

Work begins today for Lambeau Field’s south end zone and there’s a ceremony at 11 this morning to kick off the project. The expansion is expected to bring more than 1,600 jobs with a combined payroll of $70 million. When the work is finished we will see 6,600 new seats, a rooftop viewing area and new gates at the north end zone. Packers Officials are saying the project should be ready for the 2013 football season.