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AMKE: The List 9-15-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

The Wisconsin Avenue Bridge will be shut down starting in October and there’s an open house for the public tonight from 5 to 7. Representatives of the Department of Public Works and the bridge contractor, Edward Kraemer & Sons, will be available to explain the project and answer questions. They are looking to improve traffic circulation downtown while it’s closed. That’s why the conversion of Wells Street and Second Street went from one-way to two-way traffic last weekend. The open house will be held at the Frank P. Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 North Broadway, room 102.

An air quality advisory was issued for five counties including Milwaukee yesterday and it's because we're still in the path of winds from northern Minnesota's fire. The massive forest fire started in the Boundary Waters and the ash and smoke spread hundreds of miles into Wisconsin. The advisory is designated “orange”, which means that the air quality is unhealthy for people in sensitive health groups, such as lung and heart conditions.

The U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus, recently said that one of the navy’s littoral combat ships will be named the USS Milwaukee. It’s a new style of combat vessels…it’s lighter and faster than other naval vessels and it’s being built at the Marinette Marine Shipyard.

Today GE officials will announce a new global healthymagination commitment that is focused on transforming the cancer care continuum. GE will talk about their big ideas that combine innovation and the power of collaboration to improve the way we detect, diagnose and treat cancer. It’s also a chance to hear about new initiatives, technologies and plans to jump-start the commitment.

Marquette University is expected to talk about its new green space next week. It plans to dedicate Norris Park, which is an off-campus green space for students sports and public and it sits right off of Kilbourn Ave. Mayor Tom Barrett along with Marquette’s President Scott Pilarz will speak. The renovation plan will include removing the asphalt, planting native trees and installing new turf, lighting, and such so the park will be able to host games, music performances and student groups activities.

A project to build a wind turbine near Port of Milwaukee is now moving forward. The Board of Harbor Commissioners gave the go-ahead during a meeting yesterday. Construction of a foundation will start in the next couple of weeks. A tower and turbine will be installed during the spring. There's a photo online that shows what it will look like. And the turbine will sit adjacent to the port's administration building on south Lincoln Memorial Drive.