December 15 2011
Obama’s Administration just released stats on young adults without medical coverage, and it has actually shrunk by 2.5 million ever since the new health care overhaul went into effect. So for numbers, that means about one million Americans, ages 19 to 25, now have coverage. Majority of these young adults are under their parents’ health insurance plans and they can do that until they’re 26.
Congratulations to the United Way of Greater Milwaukee making its campaign record. The nonprofit group raised a record $50 million and with these funds, United Way will help more than 400,000 people in 2012 through more than 160 programs in education, income, health and social services. This will also help out more than 80 local agencies.
Food Fight MKE presents: Soup and bread at the Riverwest Public House tonight from 6 to 8:30 p.m. It’s a chance to try delicious soup made by Milwaukee chefs while also raising awareness to fight hunger throughout the city. Food Fight MKE is a group started by college students and the goal is to raise money for those in need, especially during the holiday season.
Federal Safety Investigators declared that “it’s simply too dangerous” to allow texting, emailing or even using a cell phone while driving. Officials pushed that all states impose a total ban of cell phone use except for in emergencies. Right now there’s 35 states that ban texting. In Wisconsin, drivers can’t use cell phones to write or send texts but we can still talk or read messages. Federal Safety officials don’t have the power to impose restrictions, but the ban is recommended more than ever due to the high volume of accidents.
The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the state of Wisconsin over the new photo ID law, saying it’s unconstitutional. Governor Walker signed the bill earlier this year and the law is to go effect in February. The lawsuit basically says that requiring only certain government-issued ID’s infringes on voting rights, but Capitol officials say ID requirements have been passed across the country and upheld by federal courts.
The popular Christmas concert, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, is coming back to the Bradley Center for two shows and it’s tonight only. Milwaukee’s Hunger Task Force will also be on hand to collect food or cash donations to fight hunger and feed families. Anyone can make a difference by simply going to the show because for every ticket sold, a set amount will go to the Hunger Task Force. Show times are at 4 and 8 p.m.