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a.MKE THE List: National Governors Association Meeting & Veteran Career and Benefits Fair: Today’s Top Stories

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Governor Walker is attending the four-day National Governors Association meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia. The meeting brings together both Republican and Democratic governors from across the country. Walker said that he wants to learn about economic development initiatives being pushed by other states. Walker plans to attend meetings that focus on education and workforce, along with health and human services. The meeting starts today and runs through Sunday.

A 44-story tower overlooking Lake Michigan that features high-end apartments and a hotel would replace the Downtown Transit Center under a proposal recommended by County Exec Chris Abele. The “Couture” has a $120 million price tag, and would generate property tax revenue as well as hundreds of construction and hotel jobs. The county board’s Committee on Economic and Community Development will meet Monday and Abele hopes to obtain its endorsement for beginning the negotiations.

Earlier this week, Milwaukee’s Habitat for Humanity wrapped up its “A Brush of Kindness” Blitz. That’s where crews worked to complete repair projects on five homes in the Clarke Square Neighborhood. About 75 volunteers worked on painting projects, drywall and porch repair, along with siding, gutter, window, and door replacements. “A Brush with Kindness” is a habitat program that provides minor repair services for qualified, low-income homeowners who are unable to do the repairs themselves because of issues of affordability or physical activity.

Today the Potawatomi Bingo Casino will break ground on its 20-story hotel that will be built in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley. The Forest County Potawatomi Community will develop the hotel and it will feature around 380 rooms and a four-story parking structure, all in front of its casino on West Canal Street. Plans will also include a 180-seat casual dining restaurant and spa. The tribe plans to open the hotel sometime in the summer of 2014.

The Veteran Career and Benefits Fair is happening today at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center. It’s a chance for veterans to talk to local federal or state agencies that may have employment opportunities, visit with local employers about job opportunities, leave resumes or job applications, apply for state and federal benefits, receive information and talk with reps about loans, health care and education benefits. Veterans are just asked to bring a copy of the DD 214 for immediate consideration. The fair runs from 9 to 3.

Five Wisconsin teachers are among the finalists for the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers. A committee organized by the National Science Foundation will judge the finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. The panel will select one teacher in math and one in science from each state to receive the award. Winners will receive a $10,000 prize, a citation signed by the president and will attend events in D.C. Winners will be announced next spring.