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AMKE: The List 11-4-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

The Assembly has been working nonstop this week. Here are some of the most recent measures passed:
Assembly passes bill that protects homeowners who shoot intruders, also known as the 'castle doctrine'. Assembly passes bill capping attorney fees. The nine-hour debate over race/ethnicity being eliminated from a scholarship program, ended with the Assembly voting to eliminate minitory status as a requirement from the Talent Incentive Program. Lawmakers also approved a bill on nursing home regulation. 

The Milwaukee Public Museum Board just approved a $1 million bid to buy an old Discovery World building, which sits next to the public museum. The plan is to possibly convert the space for a new museum entrance and drop off point for visitors. Right now Milwaukee County owns the land where the old Discovery World addition sits. Exact plans still haven’t been set though.

Tomorrow was suppose to mark the start of the Bucks season, but with the NBA lockout dragging on, NBA Commissioner David Stern cancelled the rest of the November games saying, “There will not be a full NBA season under any circumstance.” This happened after labor negotiations broke down again when both sides refused to budge on how to split the league’s revenues.

Winter is upon us…which also means it’s time for Milwaukee’s indoor farmers markets. Opening season kicks off tomorrow at the Tommy Thompson Youth Center at the state fair park grounds. So from 8 to noon every Saturday you can find fresh farm products, local breads, chef demonstrations and educational programs.

There are talks that Milwaukee might transform a former rail yard near the Harley-Davidson Museum, and turn it into a business park for water technology companies. The 17-acre area is known as Reed Street Yards and under Mayor Barrett’s Administration, work may begin in 2012.

Federal officials are taking public comments and are reviewing Milwaukee’s environmental assessment for the downtown streetcar project. They want to find out potential effects of the system on the local economy, the population and nearby properties. There’s also a public hearing set on November 16th at the Frontier Airlines Center.

In case you were wondering, Wisconsin is still the cheese capitol of the nation. A recent stat released this week shows that Wisconsin produced 219 million pounds of cheese during the month of September alone. And that specific stat on Wisconsin’s production accounts for one-forth of the nation’s production.