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a.MKE THE List: Gov. Walker's "Moving Wisconsin Forward Tour" & Teen Birth Rates Decrease Dramatically: Today’s Top Stories.

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Governor Scott Walker is currently on what is now called his “Moving Wisconsin Forward Tour.” Walker is touring throughout the state, defending his record and opening a battle to keep his job. Earlier this week, Mayor Barrett, Kathleen Falk, Kathleen Vinehout and Doug La Follette all turned in signatures to get on the primary ballot, which will be held May 8th. After that primary, Walker will know who his Democratic challenger will be for the General Election on June 5th. Governor Walker didn’t lay out themes of the race, but said he kept his campaign promises to introduce budget reforms and portrayed himself as someone willing to make tough decisions.

The Federal Government released reports that teen birth rates around the country have decreased to their lowest levels in 70 years. Here in Wisconsin, teen births fell 16% from 2007 to 2010. And officials here in Milwaukee are saying teenage pregnancy is falling even faster than the statewide and national averages. Those involved in trying to reduce Milwaukee’s teen birth rate say the national and statewide figures reinforce the value of a joint effort to solve the problem.

The Volunteer Center of Greater Milwaukee is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The center is hosting an event later this morning and it will honor local volunteers for their impact and leadership skills. The program and awards ceremony are being held in preparation for National Volunteer Week, which kicks off Monday. Manager of the Center, Bonnie Andrews, said, “It shows that one person can have a big impact and change lives when they volunteer.” The event runs from 11:30 to 1 at the Italian Community Center.

The race is officially on…the 2012 Presidential General Election anyway. With Rick Santorum’s recent departure, Republican Mitt Romney and President Obama wasted no time reaching out to voters. While campaigning in Pennsylvania, Romney portrayed Obama as a weak leader who apologizes for America’s greatness and prefers European-style socialism over robust free enterprise. Obama has been campaigning in Florida and didn’t mention Romney by name, but Obama’s top aides and campaign officials have mocked Romney’s wealth and called him out of touch with average Americans.

Wisconsin has moved up in rankings and improved its ability to incubate businesses. According to the Annual Competitiveness Measure, the state moved from 43rd place in 2010 to 29th among all states. Wisconsin earned its highest grades for being a safe place with low crime and having a high level of labor force participation, skilled workers and high percentage of the population with health insurance. The state scored the lowest for its infrastructure because of its low number of high-speed lines, mobile phone users and airline travelers, and high electricity prices.

Yesterday Historic Milwaukee hosted a panel discussion to talk about new construction in historic districts. The goal of the meeting was to bring together local developers, politicians, architects, and critics to discuss the vision of preservationists, the economics of development, and the politics of the process dealing with new development in historic districts. Historic Milwaukee is a nonprofit focused on increasing awareness of and commitment to Milwaukee’s history.