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AMKE: The List 8-31-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

With Hurricane Irene’s aftermath still looming in the Eastern coast, FEMA is temporarily suspending some payments to rebuild roads, schools and other structures that were destroyed during the spring tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri. Instead it will pay for damage caused by Hurricane Irene which could amount to tens of billions of dollars, making Irene one of the top 10 costliest catastrophes in U.S. history.

Today is the deadline to register for Wisconsin’s no-call list that blocks calls from telemarketers. If you sign up today, your phone number will be put on the no-call list starting October 1st. The list is open to home and cell numbers, but registration has to be renewed every two years. There’s 2.3 million numbers on the list right now. And I didn’t know this, but telemarketers that violate the law face a $100 fine per call.

School is back in session for some students and for others, this week is a preview to college life. UW-Milwaukee’s sustainability groups are getting together to give new UWM students green eggs and ham…literally. It’s an event that offers a breakfast of local food, information on sustainability initiatives and tours of its green campus.  The event is running at the UWM Student Union until 11 a.m.

The Obama Administration issued a proposal yesterday to eliminate dozens of deadlines for replacing traffic signs. The Bush Administration once proposed getting new signs that are bigger, brighter and more legible but now officials are saying communities should not be forced to install the new signs until the old ones actually wear out. They’re saying it makes no sense to have a specific deadline for new signs and it would cost America millions of dollars in unnecessary expenses.

Governor Walker made an announcement about the National Governors Association yesterday. The 2013 annual meeting will be held in Milwaukee. This year’s meeting was in Salt Lake City and it’s scheduled to go to Williamsburg next. Cities are chosen by the executive committee based on proposals and invitations of governors wanting to host.

Designer of the Milwaukee Art Museum, Santiago Calatrava, won’t be attending the museum’s 10th anniversary celebration because of a personal emergency. Calatrava was going to be a featured speaker at the September 10th event, but former art museum directors and a lot of donors that made the expansion possible will be going to the event.  USA Today describes the art museum as one of the five most important buildings of the 21st century.
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