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AMKE: The List 11-1-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

Wisconsin is now the 49th state to allow its residents to carry concealed weapons. The new law states that anyone 21 or older, who has a concealed-carry license, is allowed to take hidden guns and knives into most buildings, unless there are signs posted that ban weapons. Illinois is now the only state that doesn’t allow concealed carry.

Governor Walker’s Administration recently found out that it won’t end up getting $45 million from the federal government to help close the shortfall in the state’s health plans for the poor. Instead, the state needs to find that much money or preserve those medical services over the next two years.

Today marks another day in the books for the Hunger Task Force and its Food for Families Campaign. Each year on November 1st, local Hunger Task Force trucks deliver food donation boxes to over 70 Pick n Save grocery stores throughout the city. The idea of “rolling out of the barrels” is to support fellow Milwaukee residents during the holiday season.

Yesterday the United Nations estimated that the world’s population toppled 7 billion people.  U.N. Officials are predicting that the world population could even peak to over 10 billion by 2100. Much of the growth has been seen in Asia, India and China and because of high birth rates; sub-Saharan Africa is now seeing the biggest growth in population.

It was indeed a scary Halloween for some yesterday, a 200-foot bluff actually collapsed next to a WE-Energies power plant in Oak Creek while crews were installing new air-pollution control equipment. Several cargo trailers, along with equipment and tools slid into Lake Michigan. Thankfully no one was hurt and the collapse didn't affect the power output from the plant. There's no word on what caused this to happen.

Governor Walker along with other Wisconsin business leaders will be in Green Bay for the Governor’s Small Business Summit. Walker plans to talk about the efforts to improve Wisconsin businesses and how to get the state’s fiscal house in order so we can see more jobs.