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a.MKE: FDA drug regs, Courthouse tree search, Palermo Workers and Travelers scam 10.25.13

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it would recommend tighter controls on narcotic painkillers such as Vicodin, an effort that could curtail more than a decade of abuse. Changing the classification of the drugs to Schedule II narcotics, would mean doctors no longer could prescribe up to a six-month supply at a time or use call-in prescriptions. The U.S. consumes 99% of the world's hydrocodone. 

Milwaukee County is searching for suitable evergreen for the Milwaukee County Courthouse rotunda this holiday season. The tree, which needs to be about 20 feet tall, will be removed from your property by the county Parks Department free of charge. If you would like to submit a picture of your tree for consideration, check out the a.mke blog at radiomilwaukee.org.

The Palermo Workers Union filed a new charge with the National Labor Relations Board. The new complaint claims since October 18th, employees have been prohibited from communicating with other employees about unions at work. If the complaint is found to be true, that will delay setting a union election date.   

Police are warning people of a door-to-door paving fraud done by a group known as the Travelers. The scammers use impressive looking dump trucks and gear, charge twice the amount for work and demand money for the job before it's completed. So far, victims have been reported in Milwaukee, Waukesha and Racine counties with the amount of money stolen reaching six figures.