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Wisconsin school districts choose between DPI and CESA 6 educator evaluation programs

Most of the Wisconsin's school districts have already decided which of two approved models they intend to use to evaluate the performance of teachers and other educators in the coming school year. >More
 Shamrock Bar & Grill opening faces possible delay as legal battle intensifies

The Shamrock Bar & Grill may not be opening in the near future after all. Robert Mahr planned to open the redesigned tavern the first or second week of September, pending the city's approval of new alcohol and entertainment licenses. However, lawyers say a previous owner's estate holds the rights to the Shamrock Bar's lease, name and goodwill and are challenging Mahr's right to operate a new business inside the bar's current location. >More
 National fast-food worker strike builds with actions in Madison

One day after the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, a civil rights action that also focused on labor issues, fast-food workers in Madison joined a nationwide fight to push their wages to $15-an-hour. A daylong series of rallies started before the sun came up Thursday, when more than 50 activists and fast-food workers gathered in front of the Dunkin' Donuts on South Park Street. >More
 Paul Heenan's family to file lawsuit against city, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray and Officer Stephen Heimsness

Madison attorney Jeff Scott Olson will file a federal lawsuit today against the city of Madison and others over the death of Paul Heenan, the musician who was shot and killed by Madison police officer Stephen Heimsness during an altercation in November 2012. In his complaint, to be filed on behalf of Heenan's estate in the United States District Court for the western district of Wisconsin, Olson calls the police investigation into Heenan's shooting a "sham." >More
 Violence Against Women Act could help tribes stem violence against Native American women

His first wife flung a chair at him, breaking a window. In return, CJ Doxtater straddled and punched her. It was only when his second wife left him that Doxtater, an Oneida tribal member, began his long journey from an addict and abuser to an advocate fighting the kind of violence that plagued his own marriages. >More
 Sen. Ron Johnson calls himself an "environmentalist," says he's neutral on climate change

Since taking office three years ago, Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has not been bashful about expressing his views on climate change. "I absolutely do not believe in the science of man-caused climate change," Johnson told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in April 2010. "It's not proven by any stretch of the imagination.... It's far more likely that it's sunspot activity or just something in the geologic eons of time." >More
 Along with many pro-gun bills, Wisconsin GOP backs one seeking tougher penalties

In early August, amid a wave of carnage in Milwaukee, something remarkable occurred: A Republican state lawmaker called for new legislation to address gun violence, and Republican Gov. Scott Walker said the measure, sought by Milwaukee's mayor and chief of police, had his support. >More
 Madison schools 2013-14 budget passes amid calls for increased funding for mental health services

Gary Stout, a retired preschool and kindergarten teacher, taught in the Madison Metropolitan School District for 13 years. "I remember being a kindergarten teacher in my first year and having a student with five or more cigarette burns on his forearm," he told the Board of Education at a public hearing of the proposed 2013-2014 budget Monday night. >More
 C.J. Terrell confident that "the facts" will exonerate brother of Wisconsin Capitol protest felony charges

With his brother still in jail awaiting a bail hearing on tentative felony battery charges, C.J. Terrell returned to the Wisconsin Capitol Tuesday to participate in the noontime Solidarity Sing Along. >More
 Consultant recommends Madison use West Washington Avenue site for bus terminal

A consultant is recommending the city explore building an inter-city bus terminal near West Washington Avenue and Bedford Street. The project is envisioned as a multi-modal system, serving inter-city and municipal buses and having adequate car and bike parking. >More
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