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The bad news piled up Thursday for Dane County's social service agencies.
Another tough budget year for Madison, another set of grim scenarios from agencies that would slash services to avoid a major tax increase. Now, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz and the City Council will decide what comes true.
Madison police have arrested a man wanted in connection with several recent bank robberies in Madison and Sun Prairie.
A Fitchburg man was charged Tuesday with his eighth drunken-driving offense after his arrest by a State Patrol officer on Friday night.
They wore matching blue blazers, one with a red tie, the other gold. It was a special day, so they each added an accompanying handkerchief in a left breast pocket and a rainbow ribbon on a lapel."It's a complete statement," said Joseph M. Beagan, 63, who registered today in Dane County for the state's new domestic partnership protections with his partner, Gordon Hansen, 66. "It would have been kind of boring for a couple of gay guys to show up looking like they're straight."
BLUE MOUNDS -- In the 70 years since quarry workers blew a gaping hole through this western Dane County hillside, unveiling rock formations of all sizes and shapes, millions of visitors have explored the limestone cavern known as the state's oldest classroom.It's also been used as a concert hall, a fallout shelter and remains a popular haven for tourists looking to escape the summer heat.And officials say Cave of the Mounds, which celebrates the anniversary of its discovery Tuesday, is again approaching the number of visitors it did in a time before water parks, shopping malls and Harry Potter blockbusters.
Madison police on Tuesday were shut out of a $1 billion federal stimulus program to keep cops on the streets, while Milwaukee heralded $10 million to bring 50 officers into the state's largest police force.
A pilot on his way to an airplane club's convention, and eventually the Experimental Aircraft Association's AirVenture in Oshkosh, suffered minor injuries Friday when his plane flipped as it landed at the Brodhead Airport in southeastern Green County.
In a nutshellState, local and federal law enforcement officials can legally access your driver's license photograph through the state Department of Transportation's database. However, the requests must be made through the mail and can take days to obtain.
The route includes Lodi, where a duck named Susie is celebrated; Muscoda, with its spring crop of morel mushrooms; and Prairie du Chien, one of the most historically significant communities in Wisconsin. And now that the 100-mile stretch of Highway 60 has been named a scenic byway, just the second such designation in the state, officials along the Lower Wisconsin River Road are hoping the designation -- combined with the natural beauty, attractions and businesses along and near Highway 60 -- will draw more visitors.
The former director of the DeForest Area Chamber of Commerce was sentenced Friday to two years of probation after pleading no contest to three misdemeanors.
A major insurance company is still not sending patients to UW Hospital for kidney transplants because it says the hospital's success rate, which has continued to improve, remains too low.
MIDDLETON -- Five Middleton High School students are spending part of their summer preparing for the North American Canon Envirothon after winning the Wisconsin event earlier this year. The students will head to Asheville, N.C., to compete in the event Aug. 2-8. This is the second year in a row the high school has won the Wisconsin Envirothon.
One night in September, Dantwon Gray went fishing with a friend in a rowboat on Friess Lake in Richfield, 25 miles northwest of Milwaukee. When he got a bite, the 26-year-old Milwaukee man stood up, causing the rented boat to capsize.
Madison police chief Noble Wray wants to send more officers after gang members, and he plans to talk to the mayor next week about an initiative to make that possible. A recent assessment by the police department's two-officer Gang Unit indicated more than 900 confirmed Madison gang members and another 500 people considered associates of gang members.
A Madison man was charged Wednesday with shooting another man Sunday night on the city's East Side.
Four months after three Dane County Circuit judges announced they would be retiring, Gov. Jim Doyle appointed their replacements Wednesday, but it will likely be some time before they can take on a full calendar of cases.
A Stoughton pharmacist has had her license suspended after allegedly stealing drugs from the pharmacy where she worked.
The video begins with a woman, lying motionless on a bed, face down with her hands cuffed behind her back. A man sets up a desk lamp to illuminate her. Her eyes and mouth are covered with duct tape.
Here are the options Medicare has given 69-year-old Bob McGinnis for treating his severe rheumatoid arthritis: Take a bimonthly, hospital-administered medication that doesn't help but costs him nothing out-of-pocket, or take a biweekly self-injected medication that relieves his pain but costs him several thousand dollars a year.
The country life is again on display at local and county fairs as exhibitors show their wares, farmers tout their livestock and fairgoers enjoy rides and food throughout the state until September. This long-standing symbol of the heartland has not changed drastically over the decades. But the size and scope of each fair makes for different experiences.
A Greyhound bus carrying about 80 passengers left Interstate 39-90-94 near the Highway 151 interchange on Madison Far East Side and plowed though a fence Friday afternoon, injuring 17 people, state police said.
This year's Drums on Parade drum and bugle performances will offer an additional three hours of entertainment with a pre-show tailgate party featuring the 18-piece Jeff Peronto Jazz Orchestra and the trombone ensemble Hot Cross Bones.
A Madison man who admitted buying the heroin that killed a woman in Stoughton in 2007 was sentenced Friday to five years of probation.
They're back, and they're out for blood. Last week's rain and this week's intense heat have created the ideal breeding ground for our not-so-beloved unofficial state bird, the mosquito.
Dane County was wrong to withhold documents related to the mishandled Brittany Zimmermann 911 call last year and must pay the fees incurred by a group of media organizations that filed an open records lawsuit, a Dane County judge ruled Friday. Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess said the lawsuit caused the county to eventually cough up documents related to an investigation into its 911 center, which made several errors in handling a call from Zimmermann's cell phone. Her homicide remains unsolved.
Backlash against Brett Favre now is a fashion statement.
Genna Eaton saw a need in Waunakee and moved to solve it, not waiting for other groups or agencies to step in. She started Waunakee Neighborhood Connection, which provides clothing and household goods as well as information and other services to people and families in need.
Chef David Scheifel enjoys a 12-week-old cheddar. Not to nibble, but to carve. Cheddar of that age really works best, explains Scheifel, who lives in McFarland and is a culinary specialist at St. Mary's Hospital.
A family vacation to the west coast turned into a nightmare Sunday for a Madison family when a van driven by their 15-year-old daughter crashed in northeastern Iowa, killing her parents and injuring herself and two siblings.
The hope of 4-year-old kindergarten in Madison schools stayed alive Thursday as Assembly Democrats pushed through a $500,000 start-up grant for the district as part of the state budget bill, which they will continue to debate Friday.
The serious budget cuts that led the Madison Catholic Diocese to close its social services center on the city's South Side also wiped out nearly one-third of the diocese's staff. Layoffs completed Thursday eliminated about 20 of the diocese's 65.5 full-time-equivalent positions, said spokesman William Yallaly.
In hindsight, a fake kidnapping might not have been the best way to wring $500 out of someone.
Madison's Alcohol License Review Committee agreed Tuesday night to accept lesser punishments for two of three bars in lieu of liquor licence non-renewal -- the punishment originally proposed by police.The agreements allow the Downtown bars Johnny O's Restaurant and Madison Avenue, both owned by John Okonek, to keep their licenses, while imposing several new requirements on them and suspending the liquor license for Madison Avenue from July 1 to 30.
COLUMBUS -- More than a week after the fire at Columbus Chemical Industries, life around the plant is getting closer to normal, with Temkin Road and the businesses on it open.
When the summer tourism season unofficially begins Friday with the Memorial Day weekend, the day trip, while not as glamorous as other vacation choices, can provide plenty of memories and keep the family budget in check. It also is a key component to the state's $13 billion tourism industry.
With the state's budget deficit growing and the time to resolve it running down, lawmakers will attempt their own Ironman triathlon next week.
Deep within the grassy, rolling confines of the Badger Army Ammunition Plant near Baraboo are three old cemeteries that represent about the only visible reminder of a way of life that disappeared when the farms and homesteads of the great Sauk Prairie were razed to make way for the huge munitions factory.
Fed up with fights, disturbances and underage drinkers, Madison police had planned to take a new tack with the popular Kollege Klub bar near UW-Madison: Try to block the annual renewal of its liquor license. But Tuesday's nonrenewal hearing was canceled after police learned the city had already made a deal with the Kollege Klub to accept lesser sanctions.
A bill under circulation for co-sponsorship last week would require commercial dog breeders to obtain a license from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection or face a $10,000 fine and a jail term of up to nine months.
Commercial breeders would include those who sell 25 or more dogs in a year, or auction sites that sell 50 or more dogs a year. Individuals operating shelters with 25 or more dogs a year and animal control facilities under contract with local governments would also have to obtain a license.
TOWN OF MADISON -- Police are seeking three male suspects who allegedly assaulted and robbed two men in the town of Madison on Thursday evening.
Calling himself the voice of public safety for Wisconsin, Attorney General JB Van Hollen said Friday that Gov. Jim Doyle's proposal to release an estimated 3,000 offenders to help balance the state budget shows the Democratic governor's skewed priorities.
MADISON -- Residential daytime burglaries have plagued the northwest portion of Dane County over the past eight days, the Dane County Sheriff's Office said Friday.