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What will happen to the original Wisconsin governor's mansion?

The future of the Wisconsin governor's mansion is in doubt. Not the current one, where 14 governors have lived. It's the earlier one, home to 18 governors from 1883 to 1950, that is a few blocks from the Capitol. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: What r04040 died for

Isthmus contributor Bill Lueders reported on the life, death and research of r04040 at UW-Madison in the November 13 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on that day's edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 City of Madison wants to redesign Philosopher's Grove

Anthony Rineer took over Myles Teddywedgers, the iconic pasty shop located at the top of State Street, this September. One night shortly after the purchase, he was putting in a new floor when he saw a brawl going on just outside his door. >More
 Madison Common Council members accuse Mayor Soglin of playing politics with 2015 budget

Mayor Paul Soglin is threatening to veto the 2015 budget the Madison Common Council approved last week, angering alders and setting up a showdown for next week. On Friday, Soglin held a press conference to outline his concerns, primarily that the city is borrowing too much for capital projects and that the budget doesn't include a half-percent raise for non-police and fire employees. >More
 Faith-based groups resent Dane County supervisors' attempt to shuffle human service funding

By the time Paul VanderVelde, a senior director at Madison's East YMCA, heard of the proposal to defund a 24-year-old YMCA program that provides recreational activities for developmentally-disabled residents, it was days away from a final committee vote. >More
 Wisconsin votes for Walker, but not his policies

Although Wisconsin easily returned Gov. Scott Walker to office, voters across the state voted in favor of two ideas Walker has been dead set against -- expanding BadgerCare and raising the minimum wage. >More
 Centro Hispano's director works to connect Latinos in Dane County

When Karen Menendez Coller was 14 years old, her family immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. Her extended family already lived in California, and Los Angeles, with its large Latino population and strong sense of community, was a natural fit. She adjusted to life in the U.S. with relative ease. >More
 On the death of my monkey

My monkey died as he lived -- in seclusion, for the benefit of others. His name was r04040. He was euthanized on April 28, 2010, two days after his sixth birthday. More than four years would pass before I made the records request that reacquainted me with his reality, and apprised me of his fate. >More
 Madison hopes to ease bicycle parking congestion downtown

Mike Diss-Torrance bikes everywhere he goes in Madison, including to and from work everyday at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources downtown. Often, when he arrives at his office, Diss-Torrance is unable to find a spot to park his bike because the racks are full. >More
 Wisconsin's GOP candidates dominated in cash, turnout in 2014 election

Gov. Scott Walker and the Republicans rode to victory in the Nov. 4 elections because they got more votes. Period. Redistricting may have produced fewer competitive districts. But unlike 2012, when the GOP won big despite getting fewer overall votes, this time the party maintained its 5-3 edge in Congress and tightened its control of both legislative houses by dominating turnout. >More
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