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a.MKE The List: JOBS Act Gets Signed into Law & K's for a Cause Program: Today’s Top Stories

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The Port of Milwaukee wind turbine already sent surplus energy to the grid. The turbine was commissioned near the end of February, and so far it has produced over 21,000 kilowatt-hours, which is more than the amount that was required by the administration building it powers. The excess energy is being sold to WE Energies. Anyone can see the current wind conditions at the port’s administration building and the actual energy production, just click here.

Over the weekend, nearly 8,000 Wisconsinites lost their extended jobless benefits. The state discontinued long-term unemployment insurance benefits because the state’s unemployment rate has dropped below a threshold that automatically phases out a federal program that pays for those benefits. The change will now reduce the maximum number of weeks that a claimant can collect benefits in Wisconsin to 73 weeks instead of 86 weeks.

Grand Avenue Mall’s Plankinton Arcade will be full for the first time in at least six years after landing two new tenants to the mall area. Those tenants include the Milwaukee Community Bicycle Project, which will repair and sell bicycles. And the other is Milwaukee Pulse, which is a brochure distributor. Both tenants are to open by May 1st. The manager of Grand Avenue Mall plans on hosting an open house on April 16th to showcase the ten spaces available and with hopes to attracting more tenants.

Today marks the start of a weeklong exploration of bicycling…it’s called “Pedal Power” and it’s hosted by Discovery World and South Shore Cyclery. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner, an avid bicyclist or just thinking about it, there’s plenty available. This weeklong event will feature maintenance, safety presentations, demonstrations, bike displays, plus much more. The goal is to get families and local residents to explore the wonders of biking, and to learn about it through a hands-on approach. The event runs through April 13th

President Obama recently signed the jumpstart our business startups into law. Also known as the “JOBS Act”, the legislation is meant to make it easier for entrepreneurs to get investor financing that helps them add workers. Critics say the jobs act may open the door to financial scams. But those for the act believe it was designed to encourage entrepreneurship and the nation’s small and medium-sized businesses will help get the economic engine moving.

With baseball season officially here, the Brewers Community Foundation is teaming up with Foley & Lardner LLP to conduct the season-long “K’s for a Cause Program”. So what happens is this: each time a Brewer pitcher strikes out an opponent at miller park, two things happen: a big blue “K” will appear on the “K’s for a Cause” strikeout meter in right field, and Foley employees make a donation to the Hunger Task Force. This partnership was established back in 2008 and so far it has raised more than $500,000 toward feeding Milwaukee over the last four seasons.