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AMKE: The List 12-2-11

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The DNR is looking for fresh ideas when it comes to helping limit the damage that a Wisconsin wildfire could have to an urban community. Accepted proposals by organizations could qualify for up to $30,000 in federal funds to help pay for their projects. Projects such as dead wood and brush removal or preventing fires from damaging nearby homes. Proposals are due January 6th.

More than 4 out of 10 school-aged children in Milwaukee are living in poverty. A recent U.S Census Bureau report shows that it was a jump of nearly 10 percentage points from 2007. Officials say the recession had a large impact on children and their families. To find out how you can help fight homelessness, hunger and poverty, tune into our Meet the Need campaign.

Miller Coors continued its tradition of the “Holiday Lites Show” in Miller Valley last night. Imagine over 300,000 LED lights along with holiday music, stretching nearly 15 miles. The show is every Friday and Saturday all month long. And if you want to support the annual Toys for Tots Drive or Feeding America, you can bring an unwrapped gift or non-perishable food item.

New policies are coming in response to Wisconsin’s month old concealed carry law. Governor Walker’s Administration just announced that it’s not allowing open carry of guns in state buildings, even for those with valid concealed carry permits. Officials say it’s a matter of policy and anyone that is openly carrying a weapon in a state building will be asked to leave.

For those of you out of work, Wisconsin’s Jobs Site just went through a lot of enhancements and it’s about to post tens of thousands of additional jobs to its site. Earlier this week the Job Center of Wisconsin’s web site had about 31,000 job openings, and there are roughly 100,000 openings about to be linked to it as well.

It’s that time of year, a season of giving and feeding families facing hard times. The Hunger Task Force is currently in its “Lending a Helping Ham Program” where they’re taking ham donations either online or in person all month long. An updated count of donated hams will run on the I-94 freeway signboard and online until the end of December.