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Group pushes for new 24-hour-a-day homeless shelter in Madison

Ulysses Williams is trying to get everyone to focus. The 58-year-old was homeless for about 14 months until he finally saved enough money to get his own apartment last August. Since then, he's made it his mission to corral those interested in helping the homeless -- churches, city and county officials, and activist groups like Occupy Madison -- to build a new homeless shelter. His vision is a 24-hour-a-day shelter that would serve men, women and children and provide access to social services. >More
 Judge Doyle Square proposals fall short of consultant's recommendation

The city received four proposal for Judge Doyle Square, the two-block area off the Capitol Square that includes the Municipal Building and an aging parking ramp. All the developers propose hotels smaller than a consultant recommended to maximize business at the adjacent Monona Terrace convention center. >More
 Another hassle for Occupy Madison homeless encampment

The Occupy Madison homeless encampment spent most of last summer at Dane County campgrounds. It hoped to do the same this year when the parks reopened for camping. But when the campers showed up at Lake Farm Park last week, they faced a new camp rule: Only one tent is allowed per site. >More
 Satya Rhodes-Conway reflects on Madison Common Council tenure

Satya Rhodes-Conway has been on the Common Council for only six years, but in that time she's established herself as one of its most intelligent and passionate members. Her tenure, however, is coming to an end, as she's decided not to run for re-election April 2. >More
 A different approach at Porchlight's homeless day shelter on East Washington

Porchlight operates the temporary day shelter that opened at 827 E. Washington Ave. last November. The agency is the major provider of homeless services here, including the men's overnight shelter in the basement of Grace Episcopal Church. But its approach to the new facility is so different that some homeless people believe Porchlight is not involved. >More
 Candidates flock to 2013 Madison school board races

Beth Moss was a little worried when she decided not to run for reelection for the Madison school board next spring. In the last election, she says, it seemed as though "people weren't that interested in signing up to run. What happens if no one runs?" >More
 Madison seeks new proposals for 800 block of East Washington Avenue

Madison will once again try to spur development on East Washington Avenue, and Tim Metcalfe, president of Metcalfe's Market, says he's still interested in building a grocery store there. This week a city committee is putting the finishing touches on a request for proposals, which it hopes to release before the end of the year. >More
 Dane County plans warming center, then day shelter for homeless

Dane County officials are moving ahead with plans to operate a day shelter for the homeless, not just this winter, but year-round. On Monday night, the Dane County board approved a $698 million budget for 2013. The budget includes $600,000 to construct a permanent day shelter. >More
 Madison chronic drunk ordinance up for review

It's been a year since Madison began enforcing a no-sell list for "habitually intoxicated persons," and the results are mixed. Seventeen people were initially banned from buying alcohol, says Mark Woulf, Madison's alcohol policy coordinator. It looks like it will grow to about 30 next year. >More
 Interpreting the Affordable Care Act

For Jambul Akkaziev, it's not about the money. Last April, he emailed his doctor requesting some basic tests for sexually transmitted diseases. His doctor ordered a series of tests -- standard stuff for most adults -- which he got at Dean Health's clinic on Fish Hatchery Road. The new Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to cover 100% of testing of some STDs -- including HIV and syphilis -- as preventative care. >More
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