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South Madison to host new Dane County community court

While many of the details have yet to be confirmed, Dane County's first community court is beginning to take shape, with one important piece now decided: It will be located on Madison's south side. Officials say they are also getting closer to a rough start date of this fall for the community court to begin hearing cases. The program has a long-term goal of decreasing the large racial disparity between whites and blacks in the county's criminal justice system. >More
 New public/private partnership will place teens in summer jobs throughout Dane County

Wanda Fullmore is a bit sketchy on the details of the Neighborhood Youth Corps job she had at a south Madison daycare center. It was more than four decades ago, after all, when she was a student at Memorial High School. But one thing she remembers clearly is how it led to a work program in Washington, D.C., the summer of 1972. >More
 Experimental Occupy Madison village in Emerson East neighborhood is a go

Keith Valiquette's home is about two weeks away from completion. But until Tuesday night, he didn't know where it would be located. Now he knows: The Madison Common Council approved an experimental tiny-home village proposed by Occupy Madison at 2046-2050 E. Johnson St. in the Emerson East neighborhood, where Sanchez Motors is now located. >More
 Mary Burke decries out-of-state campaign donations to Scott Walker

There were, into the month of May, no signs in the front windows of Mary Burke's campaign office across the street from the state Capitol in Madison, nothing to broadcast her name to the many people passing by. That's an odd missed opportunity for a candidate struggling to make herself known. >More
 Judge grants Wisconsin Capitol protesters extension for filing papers, criticizes state's 'thin' analysis of prosecution costs

In late January, the Wisconsin Department of Justice took a new tack in its prosecution of ticket cases for Capitol protesters. Citing the defendants' failure to notify the Legislature's Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules that they were fighting the citations in court, DOJ attorneys asked judges to dismiss the cases. >More
 Madison police prepare for Mifflin Street Block Party weekend

This is the first time in 18 years that Ald. Mike Verveer has not held an annual meeting in advance of the Mifflin Street Block Party, traditionally held the first Saturday in May. Verveer, whose district includes the historic two blocks of West Mifflin Street at the party's center, says the Madison Police Department asked him not to hold the meeting. >More
 Making sense of the John Doe II investigation in Wisconsin

The ongoing John Doe probe into alleged illegal activities concerning Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign is nothing if not complicated. Here's an attempt to make it understandable. >More
 With concerns addressed, neighbors applaud proposed final development plan for Union Corners

The plans for Union Corners have gone through several iterations, and neighbors have at times been harshly critical. But the final general development plan for the 11.5-acre project at the corner of East Washington Avenue and Milwaukee Street seems to have hit the sweet spot. >More
 Proposed Madison ordinance would change permitting requirements for fireworks displays

Marsha Rummel became more immersed in the planning for the annual Rhythm & Booms fireworks display after event organizers announced the show was relocating to Lake Monona. During discussions over environmental concerns, the east-side Madison alder found there were some gaps in the oversight of such events. >More
 Madison residents alarmed at yellow dots signifying 'death sentence' for ash trees

Christina Newton fears what her neighborhood on the near west side will look like after Madison deals with the dreaded emerald ash borer pest."Our whole neighborhood is highly concentrated with ash trees," says Newton, who lives on Rugby Row near Forest Hill Cemetery. "It's going to change the quality of life." >More
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