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a.MKE The List: Amount of Green Jobs in Wisconsin & Milwaukee County Youth Task Force: Today’s Top Stories

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The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Organization plans on saluting thousands of veterans at Miller Park this summer. The organization offers free flights to aging veterans so they have the chance to see the memorials in their honor in Washington D.C…But this summer, on August 11th, the group will be in Milwaukee for a tribute to World War II vets. Group Chairman Joe Dean said organizers planned the event after realizing there’s some pent-up desire in the community to honor these heroes. All net proceeds will go toward funding future honor flights.

Mayor Tom Barrett plans on telling voters before the April 3rdMayoral Election whether he’s in or out of a likely recall election against Governor Scott Walker. Earlier this week, Barrett said he’ll announce his intentions shortly after the Government Accountability Board certifies the Gubernatorial Recall. Right now, a Dane County Judge has given the GAB until March 30thto decide whether there are enough valid signatures. If a recall election does move forward, the Primary Election would be held May 8thand the General Election would follow on June 5th.

A recent report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that more than 59,000 people in Wisconsin and more than 3.1 million people in the U.S. have green jobs. This figure represents that jobs focused on everything from energy-efficient appliances to advanced batteries to pollution control accounted for 2.4% of total employment nationwide. The figures released show that Wisconsin has more people employed in green jobs than are employed at one of the state’s leading traditional industries – papermaking. 

The new election maps that Republican state lawmakers drew up last year for Milwaukee’s South Side violated the voting rights of Latinos and must now be redrawn. A panel of federal judges recently made this rule. The court found other maps the Republicans drew met the requirements of federal law and the U.S. Constitution but changes need to be made to Assembly Districts 8 and 9 in Milwaukee’s Hispanic neighborhoods. All other maps that the Republicans drew met requirements of law, but Republicans lawmakers aren’t likely to take up the maps at all, leaving it to the court to redraw them.

A 3-acre site that overlooks the Milwaukee River at North Water and East Brady Streets is being sold to a local firm and plans are in the works to develop apartments and commercial space. The firm doesn’t have immediate plans to begin development of the site, which could include demolishing all of the current buildings. That stretch of land runs through the Habhegger Wheel and Axle Buildings to the pedestrian bridge. Preliminary plans call for a four-story apartment building, in addition to some restaurants and other commercial space.

Milwaukee County is looking for energetic and motivated high school students to apply for a new county youth task force. The goal of the task force is to make recommendations on county programs and services important to young people. So that includes youth violence prevention, parks and recreation, public transit, youth employment, and other various topics. The panel will include 10 students and seven adults who work with youth. Applications for the task force need to be completed by March 30th.