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In nixing train, Scott Walker is dashing local development dreams

The high-speed rail project that was supposed to connect Madison to Milwaukee and beyond had Madisonians thinking grand. But with Gov.-elect Scott Walker intent on killing the $810 million project, those dreams are being crushed. >More
 Madison's libraries brace for bedbugs

As bedbugs continue their horrific invasion of the United States, they've found a new way of spreading: public libraries. >More
 Be careful with that ax for the Madison 2011 budget

Ald. Jed Sanborn is the Common Council's reigning fiscal hawk, and usually every year at this time he's proposing amendments to the Board of Estimates, on which he serves, to trim spending from the city's budget. But not this year, Sanborn says, "not out of sour grapes, but because they won't stand a chance, so I'm tired of wasting everyone's time." >More
 Battle of the Madison outdoor ice rinks, cont.

Last year at this time, Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz was looking to discontinue maintenance at some of the city's 10 ice rinks as a way of shaving about $38,000 from the budget. But in a town full of skaters, that proposal didn't go over well. Hundreds of people complained, and the money was restored, albeit with a proposal to recruit volunteers to help with maintenance. >More
 Madison police to launch new unit aimed at chronic offenders

The Madison Police Department wants to start a crime unit to target so-called career criminals who make their living primarily from crime. "With Madison becoming more urban, we believe a career criminal can function more easily here," says Police Chief Noble Wray. "Years ago, a career criminal would stick out more, but when a community grows, it's easier to function." >More
 Madison may cut trash pickup overtime during 'Hippie Christmas' in August

If a city of Madison budget-cutting measure is approved, the annual midsummer curbside garbage bonanza known as "Hippie Christmas" could last for weeks instead of days. >More
 GMCC says it stays out of politics

Two weeks ago, President Obama criticized the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for running ads fighting his plans to create a consumer protection agency -- in part because the chamber is getting millions from foreign corporations. (The chamber denies that foreign money was used for the ads, but its finances are private, and groups that run political ads are no longer required to reveal where the money comes from.) >More
 Mayor Dave's 2011 budget priorities

Mayor Dave Cieslewicz released his draft operating budget this week, calling for a 2.9% increase in the tax levy, which would hike taxes on the average home by 4.8%. >More
 Nancy Mistele launches 'The Founders' Compass'

One candidate many expect to run for county executive is conservative Nancy Mistele, who lost to Falk in 2009. Mistele says she's thinking about it but is preoccupied with a new venture. >More
 Who will follow Kathleen Falk as Dane County Executive?

After County Executive Kathleen Falk shocked everyone Monday by announcing she plans to step down mid-term next April, attention turned immediately to who would fill her shoes. The election next spring would be for a two-year term instead of the usual four years. >More
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