September 26 2011
1) News Rundown
Everyone is still talking about the Brewers. What a weekend with the Brewers beating the Marlins 4-1 on Friday night, winning their first division title since 1982. This is the earliest date in team history that the Brewers actually reached the postseason. If you’re still up for celebrating, the team is planning on hosting a celebration for fans at 4 p.m. on Thursday at the Summerfest grounds.
State caseworkers took roughly 1,200 Milwaukee County jail inmates off the food share program. This is because a lot of inmates weren't participating properly and some were reported fraud. Some participants would report their cards as "lost" a dozen times a year and others would illegally buy and sell their cards on Facebook. Only since June were these 1,200 some cases were shut down.
Between Wisconsin and Minnesota, there's positive growth with the dairy industry, specifically milk production. For the past few months, milk production has been up opposed to the same time last year. Overall nationwide production is up 2%, with California is leading the way with $3.5 billion pounds of milk production but Wisconsin’s growth is keeping us in second place.
The National Association of Realtors reported that home sales rose 7.7% last month. Sales were driven mostly from a rise in foreclosures, which is a sign that home prices could fall further next year and slow the housing recovery. In addition, the Obama Administration is working on expanding a program that allows homeowners to refinance their mortgages.
Frontier Airlines is going to cut more than 200 jobs at Mitchell Airport in November. Routes that are losing money will see majority of the cuts. Until this summer, Mitchell was seeing a lot of growth - passenger counts set records for many consecutive months.
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan is going to serve as chairman for the Republican National Committee's Presidential Trust. This basically helps the GOP's Presidential Nominee raise money and Ryan will be spearheading the effort.
Governor Walker is hiring someone to review Wisconsin’s deer management practices. The Department of Natural Resources has set policies on how to manage the deer population, but that is until now. Walker issued an order on Friday telling the department to hire an independent whitetail deer trustee to look at our deer populations because it's important that hunters, sportsmen and conservationists trust the state with this matter.