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Business leaders happy, except in Madison

Wisconsin business leaders are feeling pretty good about the current state of affairs, according to Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce's annual economic outlook survey. But businesses in Madison and Dane County may have a dissident view. The survey indicates that 88% of 192 CEOs surveyed believe Wisconsin is heading in the right direction -- up an astounding 78% from last year. >More
 Despite criticism, downtown Madison alcohol density plan will likely get two-year renewal

Sandi Torkildson, owner of A Room of One's Own bookstore, worries that the tipping point in the bars-to-store ratio in downtown Madison could be precariously close. "If you don't have enough retail, you're going to lose it all," she says. "Once you lose that retail, it's hard to get it back. It's good city planning to try to keep that balance." >More
 Wisconsin Assembly bill would allow alcohol sales at 6 a.m.

An Assembly bill allowing retail alcohol sales to begin at 6 a.m. has some city leaders scratching their heads. "I see no public need to have alcohol available at 6 a.m.," says central district police Captain Carl Gloede. "It will increase issues downtown with the chronic alcoholics and their ready access to alcohol." >More
 Madison to kill up to 350 Canada geese

The city Parks Department is moving ahead with plans to round up and kill Canada geese in four city parks and along the Wingra Creek shoreline, Isthmus has learned. Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski didn't respond to numerous inquiries about the plan, but a reliable source confirms that the "roundup" -- as the mass kill is euphemistically called -- will likely occur when the geese are molting and unable to fly, making them easier to net. >More
 Wisconsin budget allows for return of bail bondsmen and bounty hunters

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney doesn't "think we need Dog the Bounty Hunter here in Wisconsin kicking down doors." But bail bondsmen and bounty hunters will soon be opening shop in Dane County, due to a provision inserted into the Legislature's budget repair bill without public notice or debate. >More
 Dane County, Madison law enforcement worried about concealed carry law

Madison Police Chief Noble Wray hopes that if city residents are eventually permitted to carry concealed guns into places like bars, as a new law allows, that they won't drink while armed. "No matter how you look at it, alcohol and firearms don't mix," he says. >More
 Wisconsin Senate passes 2011-12 budget amidst arrests, civil disobedience

The Wisconsin Senate passed its biennial budget bill along party lines late Thursday night, amidst shouts of "I want my democracy back!" from the gallery and repeated commotions from a small group of protesters outside the chambers. >More
 Live-blogging the Wisconsin Senate's 2011 budget bill Extraordinary Session

The Wisconsin Assembly passed Gov. Scott Walker's 2011-13 biennial budget on a straight party line vote shortly after 3 a.m. Thursday morning. The bill now moves on to the state Senate, scheduled to convene later in the morning. Follow the action here, and please add your own observations and questions. >More
 UW-Madison students surprised, saddened by Biddy Martin's departure

Hannah Ball, a biochemistry and Spanish double major, says she was surprised and saddened by Martin's announcement. "She was highly respected," says Ball. "She's very modern, and students could relate to her." >More
 Wisconsin Assembly passes 2011-2012 budget in early morning party-line vote

At the end of an "extraordinary session" that ran into early Thursday morning, the Wisconsin Assembly passed the state's 2011-2012 budget, advancing the long-debated legislation to the Senate with amendments from Republicans on school choice and WiscNet. Just after 3 a.m., following 13 hours of heated debate, the Assembly voted to pass the bill 60-38, with all Republicans and the Assembly's one independent in favor, and all Democrats opposed. >More
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