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AMKE: The List 10-25-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

There’s 27 states that owe the federal government money after borrowing to pay for unemployment benefits and Wisconsin ranks 11th for owing $1.8 billion. The state is working on paying back the federal government in a few ways despite the weak economy.

Today an international group known as “The Alliance for Water Stewardship” will hold a meeting at UW-Milwaukee regarding its North American Regional Initiative. The group is all about protecting rivers, lakes and is trying to create an industry standard that deals with water quantity, water quality and biodiversity. Participants are coming from Canada, Mexico, Germany, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

October is a peak month for cranberry season and Wisconsin cranberry growers are saying this year’s harvest is among the best. It’s estimated that Wisconsin will produce 43 million barrels of cranberries, which is a 9% increase compared to last year. We’re also the nation’s leader in cranberry production, producing 60% of the cranberries consumed each year.

President Obama announced some new rules yesterday that will help homeowners refinance their mortgages to avoid foreclosure. The new program will apply to homeowners with federally guaranteed mortgages who are current on their payments and it basically cuts the cost of refinancing and gets rid of caps for deeply underwater borrowers.

Harley Davidson is recalling over 250,000 touring motorcycles, trikes and models because of a rear-brake light switch that has excessive heat from the exhaust system. The problem is that the heat may cause the switch to not activate the brake lamp when the brake is applied. Models that were made from June of 08 through September 6th are being recalled.

Three Milwaukee schools earned “Charter of the Year” recognition from the Wisconsin Charter Schools Association. Alliance School was named its top charter school of the year, which welcomes openly gay students for its 6-12 program. Charter Schools are public schools that have more freedom to change up curriculum and staffing.