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Ellen Foley out at Wisconsin State Journal

Ellen Foley, hired as editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in April 2004 to "sharpen the edges" of the state's second largest newspaper, resigned today, effective Friday. Foley's resignation is the latest sign of tumult at Capital Newspapers Inc., which owns and publishes the State Journal and The Capital Times. The State Journal is also one of the flagship newspapers of Lee Enterprises, a newspaper company whose stock has plummeted in recent months. >More
 On the Agenda: Dane County budget, parking fines, and a school referendum

The various Dane County committees begin reviewing County Executive Kathleen Falk's $450 million budget for 2009. Most of the wheeling and dealing on the budget occurs in committee, not before the full County Board, so this is where the action is. Health and Human Needs oversees half the budget. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Tow the scofflaws!

Tuesday night, Mayor Dave Cieslewicz meets with the Common Council which, among other issues, will attempt to tackle the problem of keeping Madison's streets clear of snow during winter months. >More
 J.B. Van Hollen's own voter registration may violate standard he's suing to enforce

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen could be required to update his voter registration, re-register at the polls or cast a provisional ballot in a future election, a review of state records suggests. Van Hollen is suing the Government Accountability Board (GAB) to force it to ensure consistency between voter registration records and state Department of Transportation records. But Van Hollen appears to have his own name spelled differently in the two databases. >More
 HIPAA hushes 'em up: MGE says it can't release info on injured workers

The tipster to Isthmus pegged it as a cover-up. On two occasions in mid-September, the caller said, linemen working for MGE were zapped with high voltage, resulting in serious injury. Both accidents purportedly involved "management error." "Both linemen lived," the caller related. One was said to have been left with external burn injuries that required skin graft surgery; the other's injuries were internal. Both ended up at the UW Hospital's burn unit. >More
 On the Agenda: Bus fares, the Villager Mall, and Freakfest

The Madison Transit & Parking Commission begins reviewing the proposed operating budget for Madison Metro, which includes a 25-cent cash fare increase. Raising fares would prevent service cuts and cover the rising cost of fuel. Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, meanwhile, is floating an idea to raise fares by 50 cents, to $2. >More
 Mayor Dave's weekly whereabouts: Drink, Drank, Drunk

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is no stranger to the ride-along. He's done it with garbage collectors, city assessors and, of course, police officers. The Madison Police Department is often accomodating of journalists and government officials in this respect and the mayor has taken the opportunity several times in his tenure. >More
 Barack Obama's army of the young

Elizabeth Levine spends almost every waking moment outside of class at the Madison Field Headquarters of Barack Obama's campaign. Though she's too young to vote, she sees it as a way to make a real difference. "A lot of people feel like very small fish in a very big pond," says Levine, 17, a senior at West High. "It's not just the people on top that can make a difference." >More
 Kathleen Falk launches initiatives to curb alcohol abuse in Dane County

Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, flanked by a phalanx of fellow officials and human service providers that dramatically outnumbered the reporters in the room, today unveiled a package of county initiatives aimed at combating the abuse of alcohol. "We can make a difference in a problem that is bringing our whole country down," said Falk, listing a range of problem drinking categories in which Wisconsin tops the nation. >More
 On the Agenda: A new movie theater, a zoo tour and diversity in hiring

The Marcus Corporation submits its plans for a new development on the east side near High Crossing Boulevard. Grand Crossing, as it's called, would include a larger movie theater, retail development, and lots and lots of parking. >More
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