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a.MKE THE List: Walker's 'State of the State Address' & Bob Uecker Day here in Wisconsin: Today’s Top Stories

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Last night Governor Scott Walker addressed both the legislature and the state from the Capitol during his second “State of the State Address”. Walker said he thought Wisconsin and its economy is heading in the right direction. Walker avoided talking about any controversies from his first year, but focused on his accomplishments: such as balancing a three million dollar budget deficit, lowering property taxes and a drop in the unemployment rate to 7.1%. It was the first time in state history that a governor delivered the annual speech while being subject of a recall attempt. Walker covered issues like

Goggle recently announced new changes to its privacy policy, which will start March 1st. The change is that Google will now track you across its services…what that means is it will be able to pair information it collects on its email service with information is collects on its search service…all of this really targets its advertising. Users aren’t able to opt out, so Google is starting to send notices to its users via email and on the homepage.

Back in October 62 runners were roped together for Jenny Crain and the Lakefront Marathon, hoping to break the Guinness World Record for most runners linked together while running 26.2 miles, and it’s official, they did just that. Recently announced and given the certificate, the group beat the previous record of 54 and did it significantly faster.  They also raised over $100,000 for the rehabilitation care of Jenny Crain, a world-class runner who was hit by a car when training for the Beijing Olympics.

Governor Walker’s Administration recently announced that it raised over $12 million since January 1st, including $4.5 million in the most recent finance report. All of this is to fight the expected recall election. And as far as the State Democratic Party, they raised more than $394,000 within that time period. Right now the Government Accountability Board is reviewing all petitions and it’s expected to take more than 60 days.

Select Milwaukee and Local Initiatives Support Corporation are teaming up to start a loan fund to help local homebuyers. It’s a step toward neighborhood stabilization and the idea is to gain a pool of money that can be returned to customers to help buy a home. The loan fund would also help with home improvement, mortgages and home repair costs. Select Milwaukee serves local homeowners and first-time buyers with financial counseling and energy initiatives. LISC provides the grants and loans for Select Milwaukee. 

Today is “Bob Uecker Day” here in Wisconsin. Earlier in the session, the Legislature passed this resolution, and it’s also Uecker’s birthday. He’ll be turning 77 today. Uecker is best known for announcing play-by-play for the Brewers and is a broadcasting legend. Still no word on whether or not there will be a bridge named “Bob Uecker Way” at Miller Park.