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On probation and homeless: Wisconsin offenders with nowhere else to go are placed in shelters

It was snowing last December when Kevin Brooks, then 39, entered a homeless shelter for the first time. It was just a few days after he took a plea agreement to be on probation for the next four years. Unable to find housing near his family in Marinette County, Brooks was called back to Madison by the probation office. He expected to be confined inside a Dane County halfway house. His probation officer had different plans for him. >More
 Wisconsin bill would shield underage drinkers from prosecution when seeking emergency help

A Wisconsin Assembly committee will hold a public hearing Thursday on a bipartisan bill that aims to protect underage drinkers from prosecution when seeking emergency medical or law enforcement assistance. The bill, AB 256, was spearheaded by the UW campus group Associated Students of Madison as part of its Responsible Action Campaign, launched in the 2012-13 academic year. >More
 Gov. Walker's picks recast membership of Wisconsin Labor and Industry Review Commission

Most people in Wisconsin don't know the state Labor and Industry Review Commission even exists -- until it makes decisions affecting their lives. An independent administrative agency, the commission hears appeals of state rulings regarding unemployment insurance, worker's compensation and equal rights -- decisions that can be costly for employers and their insurers. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The Frautschi family's impact on Madison

Isthmus contributor Stuart Levitan reports on the impact the Frautschi family has had on Madison in the August 9 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the August 8 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison Police and Fire Commission will rule on complaint against Stephen Heimsness in Paul Heenan shooting

Amelia Royko Maurer remains hopeful that the Madison Police and Fire Commission will move forward with her complaint against MPD officer Stephen Heimsness, who shot and killed her friend and roommate Paul Heenan in November 2012. "I think we have standing," she says. "We want the public to see an analysis of the use of force policy.... It's worth sharing because this affects all of us." >More
 Madison Police and Fire Commission begins search for new MPD chief

Madison's mayor and Common Council won't have any input into who the city's next police chief will be. "I'm really happy about that," says Ald. Paul Skidmore, somewhat jokingly. >More
 Wisconsin Capitol Police now steering clear of observers at Solidarity Sing Along

Police on Thursday did not appear to be warning observers of the Solidarity Sing Along at the Wisconsin Capitol that they were subject to arrest for watching the noontime gathering. >More
 Alexander Timofeev deportation case returns to Dane County Court

It looks like Alexander Timofeev will get a second chance to fight his pending deportation on his home turf. District 4 Court of Appeals Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg ruled Aug. 1 that Timofeev, whose immigration battle was documented in Isthmus, could try one more time to get his convictions for marijuana possession overturned in Dane County Circuit Court. >More
 Neighborhood opposition fails to sway Madison Common Council on Monroe Street development

Aldermanic "courtesy" clashed with neighborhood interests at Tuesday night's Common Council meeting. The aldermanic power walked away the clear, if battered, winner in a meeting that went to 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. >More
 Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold to remarry

Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold is once again getting married. Feingold confirms that he filed a marriage license application Friday in the Dane County Clerk's Office. But he declined to provide any further details. >More
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