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Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham cites previous lack of "long-term vision" in presenting 2013-14 budget for Madison schools

"What I don't see enough of is... options that we can create for kids who aren't quite making it," school board member Dean Loumos said Monday at the Madison Metropolitan School District's Board of Education work-group meeting. "Holding our own on what we do this year, so we can do it again next year, frankly isn't good enough for me." Loumos was referring to the district's proposed 2013-2014 budget, which Madison Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham and Assistant Superintendent for business services Mike Barry presented. >More
 Town of Madison police come closer to solving the 27-year-old murder of Andrew Nehmer

Andrew Nehmer may have tried to tell what happened. The phone in the Open Pantry where the 20-year-old student worked was off the hook. Police speculated that he started to make a call but then realized that he couldn't speak. It was April 22, 1986. Just past 4 a.m., a witness saw Nehmer stagger from the store and collapse in the parking lot. Blood pooled around him. He was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. >More
 Should the Madison Municipal Building become a hotel?

Ald. Mark Clear wants the city to keep its options open. He wants the Common Council to at least consider turning the Madison Municipal Building into a hotel with a food court and restaurants, rather than keeping it for city offices. The Common Council will vote Tuesday night on the request for proposals for Judge Doyle Square. >More
 Wisconsin passes up federal disabilities aid for jobless, despite backlogs

Justin Peebles just wants to work. The 32-year-old Wausau man is epileptic and needs a job that will allow him to work part-time in a safe environment, in case he has a sudden seizure. He worries that he soon will be evicted from his room at the halfway house because he cannot pay rent. >More
 Questions arise about contract renewal of Madison Water Utility chief Tom Heikkinen

Susan Pastor is under no illusions as she asks the Common Council to reconsider renewing the five-year contract of Tom Heikkinen, general manager of the Madison Water Utility. "I have no doubt they'll renew his contract," Pastor says. "And I have no doubt we could do worse." >More
 The Onion will cease publication in Madison

The Onion will no longer be printed in Madison after the July 25 issue. The satirical newspaper was founded in Madison in 1988 and went on to become a national brand. >More
 Amid concerns, Madison's UDC holds off on final approval for massive Hub development on State Street

Madison's Urban Design Commission gave initial approval for a massive student housing and retail complex on State Street in a 4-2 vote Wednesday evening. The commission was expected to give its final approval on the project, but members were concerned about elements of the proposed building, such as a corner facade that some thought appeared "too industrial" in the plan. >More
 Russ Feingold's Progressives United counters corporate influence in politics

In politics, as in comedy, timing is key, even if it's accidental. The same week in February 2011 that Russ Feingold announced the formation of the advocacy group Progressives United to "stand up to the exploding corporate influence in our political system," events in Wisconsin gave him something to advocate about. >More
 An anti-abortion strategy shift in Wisconsin

During the rushed 10 days of deliberation over Senate Bill 206 last month, almost all of the discussion " and controversy " focused on the provision requiring that women have an ultrasound before getting an abortion. In fact, that is the only directive Gov. Scott Walker identified in his July 5 news release announcing he had signed the bill: "Senate Bill 206 " relates to requirements to perform abortions, requiring an ultrasound before informed consent for an abortion, and providing a penalty." >More
 UW collaborations under scrutiny

In vetoing a last-minute budget provision to boot the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism off the UW-Madison campus, Gov. Scott Walker didn't pan the effort as much as its narrow scope. "I am vetoing this section because it targets a single organization," he wrote in his 29-page veto message. "The use of taxpayer-supported facilities by private or quasi-public organizations, as well as use of staff time in support of these organizations, is an issue of concern." >More
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