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Outfitting Madison police with body cameras is coming, say public officials

When police are accused of using excessive force in the line of duty, the attempt to ferret out the truth often comes down to the word of officers against eyewitnesses. That was true in the case of the musician shot by a Madison police officer in November 2012, and it will likely be the scenario in Ferguson, Mo., where the police shooting of an unarmed African American teenager has sparked protests and rioting. >More
 Choice of heroin or cocaine more important than race in fueling disparities in Wisconsin drug courts

In 2002, 27 people died of heroin overdoses in Wisconsin. A decade later, the toll skyrocketed to 187 deaths. >More
 Racial disparities persist in Wisconsin drug courts

Even before Dane County Circuit Judge Sarah O'Brien crunched the numbers, she knew something was amiss. Her strongest evidence: "The courtroom didn't look right when I walked in." O'Brien, who retired in 2012, was referring to the stark racial disparities in Dane County's drug court. >More
 Congestion concerns remain as city reviews proposal for new Marriott hotel off Capitol Square

Less than a week before the official proposal will reach Madison's Urban Design Commission, concerns linger over the impact of building an upscale 10-story hotel on the outer loop of the Capitol Square. The proposed AC Hotel by Marriott would be located at 202 E. Washington Ave., the former location of Pahl Tire Co. >More
 The poker underground: Players see an opening to legalize the game in Wisconsin

Bellied up to a table in Players Sports Bar, the east-side tavern he's owned for a quarter-century, Mark Kroon adjusts his cap and points a thumb over his shoulder to a corner of the room. "We used to play right back here," he says. "This was about the mid-'80s. Phil probably wasn't even old enough to be in the bar at the time." >More
 Communities United is poised to play a critical role in addressing Madison's racial inequalities

Every month, a few dozen people gather at noon at the Urban League of Greater Madison's south-side headquarters. The June meeting of Communities United is the last before the group breaks for the summer, and Ananda Mirilli calls it to order right on time. Mirilli, restorative justice program manager for the YWCA, has been chairing these meetings for a year and attending for four. >More
 Despite loss in Wisconsin AG primary, Ismael Ozanne promises 'you definitely haven't seen the last of me'

Although he came in last in the three-way Democratic primary for attorney general, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says he would not have done anything differently. And that includes his choice of companion while logging 30,000 miles around Wisconsin. >More
 Scott Walker, Mary Burke campaign cash buying more than just ads

It's only just begun.The ads. The yard signs. The emails. The fundraising letters. The campaign events. The ads. Wisconsin's race for governor promises to be another high-profile, high-spending affair. >More
 Tobacco, cigar sales down in Madison since 2009 tax hike

It's not a great time for tobacco retailers. A five-year-old federal tax increase has had a significant impact on national tobacco use, as found in a report by the Government Accountability Office. And some Madison-area businesses are feeling the pinch. >More
 Feds will not fund temporary shelters for immigrant children in Madison

Despite Mayor Paul Soglin's willingness to find temporary housing in Madison for immigrant children, Wisconsin will not host any temporary shelters, according to Kathleen Falk, the Regional Director for the Department of Health and Human Services. >More
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