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AMKE: The List 9-6-11

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1. AMKE News Rundown

There's dozens of wildfires that are burning throughout Texas. The state's forest service is saying there are 56 separate fires that burned 30,000 acres over the weekend. Neighborhoods across eastern and central parts of the state are seeing widespread damage. The fires spurred partly because of the high winds brought by the Tropical Storm Lee.

Gas prices are up in Milwaukee…they rose 5.1 cents within the last week. That's slightly below the national average, which is about six cents a gallon. The good news is prices are expected to dip later in September.

Yesterday there were hundreds of people that gathered together and marched downtown during the "All-City People's Labor Day Parade". The parade went through downtown and was followed by the annual labor-fest on the Summerfest grounds. The annual tradition dates back to 1965. There were also plenty of events throughout the state and parades outside of Milwaukee…in Racine, Kenosha and Fond du Lac.

Tropical Storm Lee lashed through the Gulf Coast, from Texas to Florida over the weekend. Yesterday was the third day of severe weather and flash flood watches and warnings were in effect. There’s still 15 to 20  inches of rain expected for some areas. Lee killed at least two people and already threatened about 1,000 homes in Texas.

President Obama said that Congressional Republicans must put their country ahead of their party and vote to create new jobs during a Labor Day rally yesterday. Obama gave a preview of the jobs speech, which he'll give in greater detail on Thursday. President Obama also stressed that numerous roads and bridges need rebuilding in the U.S, and that over one million unemployed construction workers are available to work on them.

And Governor Walker also gave a Labor Day message. He said yesterday morning that Wisconsin is home to a world-class workforce and that it's extremely important to create 250,000 new jobs by 2015. Walker stated he's optimistic about the future and thinks it's the people of Wisconsin that will rebuild our economy, improve our communities and move our state forward.