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a.MKE The List: Congress Moves Forward with Payroll Tax Cut Decision & Packers Secure NFC Number 1 Seed: Today’s Top Stories

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Governor Walker recently said the state is suspending plans to implement President Obama’s federal health care law, which means it may not end up cutting 53,000 adults from Medicaid by year’s end. Instead of dropping the adults as allowed under federal law, Walker is hoping to make other moves such as raising premiums or making it harder for people to qualify for Medicaid if their employer offers health insurance. Right now the nation’s highest court is deciding whether to uphold the law or not.

If you haven’t heard already, Joe Block, a co-host of an LA baseball show, is Milwaukee’s newest brewers play-by-play announcer, along with hall of famer Bob Uecker. Block has called more than 900 professional baseball games and he’s replacing Cory Provus, who left the Brewers booth to announce for the Minnesota Twins. You can meet Block when he appears at the “Brewers on Deck” fanfest, set for January 29th at the Frontier Airlines Center.

Despite major opposition from some Republicans, Congress met over the weekend approving a measure renewing payroll tax cuts for every worker and unemployment benefits for millions. The bill now goes to President Obama and it will become law for two months and it also puts a hold on a fight over how to pay for the two percentage point tax cut, extend jobless benefits and prevent doctors from absorbing a big cut in Medicare payments.

Rumors are spreading that downtown’s Boston Store in Grand Avenue Mall is closing, but that’s not true and the store is going to be open for at least one more year. Grand Avenue has struggled this past year, seeing a lot of vacant storefronts, but the great thing happening is short-term store leasing. Local nonprofits and creative groups have moved into the mall, helping by renting space and bringing some life back into the area.

After the Packers big win against the Bears on Christmas day, the Pack secured the number one seed in the NFC ensuring that the playoffs will go through Green Bay. Also during that game, Aaron Rodgers had his first "five-touchdown" game of his NFL career, leading the Packers 35 to 21. 

Thousands of Milwaukee residents gathered together on Christmas day at the Frontier Airlines Center for the 22nd Annual Christmas Family Feast.  Salvation Army organizers and volunteers served over 10,000 meals to both the banquet hall and shelters across the city. Volunteers said they wanted to give back to the community, especially for those who had a tough year.