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Madison to lose nearly 25% of police to retirement

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray is sounding the alarm - the city stands to lose as much as a quarter of its officers in 2013 and 2014 as more of them become eligible to retire. "We have 90 commissioned staff that are eligible to retire right now," says Wray, noting there are 454 commissioned officers currently on the force. >More
 Madison alders find veto-proof support for restoring Overture Center funding

Council members will propose restoring $900,000 of the $1 million that Mayor Paul Soglin cut from the Overture Center. And they have enough sponsors -- 14 -- to override a mayoral veto. If approved, the total subsidy for Overture would be $1.75 million, which is $100,000 less than this year's contribution. >More
 Ald. Sue Ellingson seeking stronger state penalties for drivers not yielding to pedestrians

Ald. Sue Ellingson remembers when she and her husband briefly moved to Arlington Heights, Ill., in the late '90s. "Arlington Heights is dominated by strip malls and shopping centers. And it's divided by huge roads that have no pedestrian crossings at all," Ellingson wrote in a recent constituent newsletter."The two miles separating our house from the library were impossible to traverse except by car." >More
 Madison Mayor Paul Soglin calls out Dane County over proposed homeless facility

Madison and Dane County are feuding over the need for a day shelter for homeless people. On Friday, Mayor Paul Soglin fired off a letter to Dane County executive Joe Parisi, complaining that the county hadn't consulted with the city before announcing it was considering running a day shelter this winter at 1439 Wright St., off East Washington Avenue near Madison College's Truax campus. >More
 Confusion reigns on Act 10 decision: Impact of a Dane County judge's ruling is uncertain

Anyone looking for clarity on the state of Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 -- which eliminated most collective bargaining rights for most public employees last year -- won't likely find it any time soon. The law was partially overturned last week by Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas. Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is asking for a stay on the ruling until appeals can be heard. That alone has left local officials in a state of confusion. >More
 Will judge's decision stand on Wisconsin's collective bargaining law?

Last Friday, Dane County Judge Juan Colas partially overturned Act 10, which eliminated most collective bargaining rights for most Wisconsin public employees last year. Gov. Scott Walker's office released a terse, bitter reaction in which he calls Colas a "liberal activist judge in Dane County." Ouch. >More
 Quest for a Madison homeless refuge drags on

There are places to turn for help if you're homeless in Madison, says Daniel Callahan, who has been homeless off and on for decades. But finding those services is often an impossible chore for people down on their luck. To make things worse, the services are generally scattered all over town. >More
 Wisconsin Business Alliance: An alternative to WMC

Brad Werntz recently visited the website of Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, the state's chamber of commerce. He found an item praising Tommy Thompson, the former Republican governor running for the U.S. Senate, and another one criticizing President Obama's health care reforms. >More
 Redistricting sets up Democratic battles in Wisconsin Assembly primaries

Last year's Republican-controlled redistricting in Wisconsin has clearly wreaked a bit of havoc in Dane County. The shifting of districts is pitting veteran Democrats and old friends against each other. >More
 Orpheum Theatre on the brink: Code violations, legal dispute plague historic venue

The city's fire marshal was ready to close the doors on the Orpheum Theatre last month, because its owner had made no progress on fixing several fire code violations the city issued in May. "We were within probably an hour or two" of shutting the theater down, says Madison fire marshal Ed Ruckriegel. "And that's unprecedented. We've always gotten compliance. And I've been an inspector since 1994." >More
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