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Second Chances for Wisconsin prison inmates and dogs

Akeem Musa was released from prison last April after serving more than 15 years on drug charges. Unlike some inmates, he knew where he wanted to go when he got out: the Dane County Humane Society. And that's all thanks to an innovative program called Second Chances. >More
 Science Constellation concept unites campus facilities

Tom Zinnen sees it as a matter of geography. "If you fold a map of the UW-Madison campus in quarters, Babcock Hall is at the center of the creases. It's the heart of the life sciences and engineering campus," says Zinnen, the university's biotech outreach specialist. "The center of gravity on campus has shifted." >More
 With a vow to fight a Republican Capitol, Joe Wineke enters race for Dane County Executive

Sounding as much like he's running against Republican Governor-elect Scott Walker as the likes of Zach Brandon and Scott McDonell, Joe Wineke announced his campaign for Dane County executive Wednesday afternoon at the State Capitol and wasted no time in calling attention to the symbolism of the venue. >More
 Old University Avenue development gets nod from Madison Plan Commission

Plans for a major New Urbanist-style development project on an awkward triangle of land next to Campus Drive moved ahead this week, without much opposition as it won approval from the Plan Commission. The property is a wedge of land between Campus Drive, University Avenue and Highland Avenue. It will require the demolition of six buildings, create 130 apartment units, and 8,600 square feet of retail space. >More
 Rick Flowers of R Place sues city of Madison, alleging racial bias

Rick Flowers, owner of R Place on Park, has launched a civil action in U.S. District Court against the city of Madison, Police Chief Noble Wray, the city clerk and other defendants, alleging official misconduct, abuse of authority and violation of hisconstitutional rights. >More
 WYOU to lay off all its employees

Madison's community access TV station, WYOU, is laying off all its paid staff, leaving the station's future in question. At state franchise law, passed in 2007, eliminated the requirement that cable companies collect a fee to support public, educational and government channels from subscribers. At the end of this year, the fee will no longer be collected, ending a major source of income for community access channels. WYOU received $150,000 from the fee. >More
 UW-Madison campus veterinarian quits, faulting animal care

Richard "Jim" Brown recalls his first day on the job, in October 2005, as a veterinarian at the UW-Madison's Research Animal Resource Center (RARC). His first assignment, he says, involved working with primates. Brown had been a practicing veterinarian for almost a decade, after getting a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the UW-Madison in 1996. But until that day, his experience with nonhuman primates amounted to this: "I drew blood from a monkey, one time." When he asked about training, he was purportedly told to watch the other vets. >More
 Overture Center to be owned and managed by 201 State Foundation

Tuesday night's Madison Common Council meeting was, as Ald. Julia Kerr joked, akin to the Academy Awards: "I love this part where we thank everybody and pat each other on the back." After months of frustration and confusion over a plan to erase the Overture Center's $28.6 million debt, the council agreed to a deal most members could live with. >More
 Biggest stories from the UW-Madison fall 2010 semester

In barely more than a week, the bustling UW-Madison campus will be reduced to a ghost town as the first half of the school year ends and students head home for winter break. As usual, the university has seen its fair share of controversy and excitement, but there are some events that stand out from the rest. >More
 Madison leaders react to loss of high-speed rail funds to other states (updated)

Almost immediately upon hearing news Thursday that the Obama administration is diverting money previously allotted to a high-speed rail project in Wisconsin to other states, officials in Madison and Wisconsin began releasing their reactions. Governor-elect Scott Walker, whose plans to halt construction of the high-speed line between Milwaukee and Madison caused Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to yank a commitment of $810 million from Wisconsin, was predictably the target. >More
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