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AMKE: The List 9-30-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

U.S. Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis and Mayor Barrett are visiting a construction site this morning at the Jones Island Sewage Treatment Plant. They’re going to talk about how President Obama’s American Jobs Act could help unemployed residents get back on their feet here in Wisconsin. One of the jobs plan goals it to repair and upgrade the nation’s roads, bridges and sewer systems.

Tonight True Skool hosts its Annual Gallery Night at the Youth Empowerment Center. Students will unveil their solo canvasses and artwork from the Summer Urban Arts Program. Each art piece by the students, age’s 14-19-years-old, represents some sort of statement about the world.

Now I think this is pretty cool. There’s going to be guided bus tours and open houses of solar businesses throughout Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley from 10 until 4 today and tomorrow. We’re focusing on the environment for our Make a Difference Campaign and it’s neat to see people getting the chance to better understand Milwaukee’s sustainable and solar features.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele proposed his 2012 budget to the County Board yesterday. It included a $14 million cut from Sheriff Clarke’s budget and a big shift for more healthcare costs to county employees. Overall, the budget filled a $55 million gap, and Abele said he made the changes with “a great deal of thought.”

Milwaukee is hosting its first ever music conference, The Yellow Phone Music Conference. It’s three days of talented artists and music professionals. There’s going to be panel discussions, mentor sessions and an opportunity for leaders in the music business to share ideas with other professionals, artists and fans.  And our very own Tarik and Jordan were spinning last night during the kick off party.

City Year Milwaukee is inviting the public to celebrate their opening day of service to the community. There’s going to be 60 some young leaders that will pledge to serve as tutors, mentors and role models in six Milwaukee Public Schools. And across the states, over 2,000 other leaders will also be sworn in as City Year members. You can find the opening day celebration at Cathedral Square Park this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.

Pedaling for Pablove is a kids’ bike ride to benefit the Pablove Foundation and it’s happening this Sunday at the State Fairgrounds. Every October, the foundation rides in cities across America to raise childhood cancer awareness. If you’d like to get more involved with the foundation or event, click here.

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