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AMKE: The List 9-9-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

President Obama gave his jobs speech plan to Congress last night. He said the importance of the American Jobs Act is to put more people back to work and more money in the pockets of those who are working, and also to create jobs for construction workers, more jobs for teachers, veterans and long-term unemployed. Obama said his plan would do all that without adding to the deficit.

Today and tomorrow you can learn about the “Growing Food and Justice For All” initiative at the State Fair grounds.  The initiative is all about pulling people together to establish a powerful network of individuals, orgs and community based entities that all want to work toward a food secure world and to empower low-income communities through sustainable and local agriculture.

The Les Paul grave site memorial will be unveiled this weekend during a public dedication ceremony at the Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha. There’s a 500 square foot granite monument that honors the music legend. It will also have some of Paul’s biography.  And for those of you who don’t know, Les Paul created the first solid-body electric guitar and basically revolutionized recording techniques.

Two-way traffic will be extended all along Wells Street starting tomorrow. Wells Street, between Prospect Ave and North 6th Street, and then North 2nd Street between Wells and Michigan Streets will become two-way streets. The Common Council approved the conversions to improve traffic while the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge closes for repair starting October 3rd. And don’t worry because there’s barely any loss when it comes to parking spots.

The U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, is visiting Milwaukee today as part of a three-day bus tour of selected public school districts. Duncan will tour the School of Career and Technical Education and will get an inside look at the school’s HVAC Lab where students learn the ins and outs of heating, venting and air conditioning. Secretary Duncan will end his tour in Chicago later today.

There are more than 35 employers that are looking to fill 700 jobs and they’re going to be at the Veterans Career Fair starting at 9 a.m. until noon. The fair is open to military veterans open and it’s held at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on National Avenue.

A lot happening in Milwaukee this weekend. Here’s a quick rundown…

Tonight the Summerfest grounds will be filled with college students for UWM’s Pantherfest event and acts include Lupe Fiasco and Girl Talk.  Indian Summer is celebrating 25 years at Maier Festival Park through Sunday. Its mission is to educate, preserve and promote American Indian Cultures. Today and tomorrow Kettle Moraine will host its annual jazz festival. There’s going to be several events throughout Milwaukee that will honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks. Some of those areas also include the town of Lisbon, Waukesha County, New Berlin, Racine, Washington County, Wauwatosa and the list goes on.