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Gov. Scott Walker draws flak for non-fiscal items in Wisconsin's 2013-15 budget

Some campaign promises build in a bit of wiggle room. The one made by candidate for governor Scott Walker to "Strip policy and pork projects from the state budget" did not. This unequivocal pledge, posted on Walker's campaign website, committed the candidate to eschewing both parties' longstanding practice of using the budget to make policy changes and reward special interests. >More
 Dalai Lama's wise words hard to understand during Wisconsin Assembly speech

The Dalai Lama had the rapt attention of legislators, a handful of state Supreme Court justices and a full gallery when he addressed the Wisconsin Assembly Tuesday afternoon. Just how much they were able to make out, though, is unclear. Regardless, they played along, laughing when he laughed and keeping their eyes trained on the charismatic leader. >More
 Jury finds Wisconsin Capitol protester guilty of breaking administrative code for chalking sidewalk

Jason Huberty was found guilty of violating a state administrative code for writing with chalk on a sidewalk on the grounds of the Wisconsin Capitol. The six-person jury delivered the unanimous verdict after the one-day trial ended early afternoon Tuesday. >More
 Lauren Pongan discusses Stoughton High School's fab lab on WORT

Isthmus contributor Lauren Pongan reports on the project in the May 8 issue and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the May 8 installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison narrows choices on major Judge Doyle Square redevelopment

The committee evaluating proposals for Judge Doyle Square -- the two-block area that includes the Madison Municipal Building downtown -- eliminated one of the four development teams from contention Thursday night. >More
 Wisconsin jobs chief grilled over WEDC audit findings

Tensions were high on Thursday at the Joint Audit Committee hearing about an audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) that uncovered six violations of law. >More
 Madison Urban Design Commission gets first look at the Hub proposal for State Street's 500 block

Developers for the Hub, a proposed mixed-use development on the 500 block of State Street, addressed Madison's Urban Design Commission for the first time Wednesday night. The nearly 500,000 square-feet project proposed by Core Campus Communities has caused some residents to raise concerns about a large building overshadowing its neighbors in what is arguably the city's most vital neighborhood. >More
 'Bipartisan' deficit hawks seek youth buy-in for 'Fix the Debt'

There were a lot of statistics thrown around about rising federal debt and out-of-control budgeting, but one message rose above it all: Young people will eventually take the biggest hit, and they need to act now. >More
 Catching up with Kathleen Falk

Case studies are often used to give students a taste of the real world. But Kathleen Falk's Environmental Studies 402 class at UW-Madison's Nelson Institute takes it to another level. This semester, her students were tasked with figuring out how to build community support for ongoing lake cleanup efforts. On Monday, they presented their plans to the Dane County Lakes and Watershed Commission. >More
 Stoughton High School blazes a trail with digital fabrication lab

High school shop classes that help students gain technical skills are nothing new, but what about a course called "How to Make (Almost) Anything" that actually means it? That will be the centerpiece of a new $206,000 "fab lab" at Stoughton High School, only the second public high school in the nation to have such a facility. Though the lab is already functional, formal classes will debut there this fall. >More
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