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UW-Madison officials say academic freedom at stake in GOP assault on Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (updated)

A last-minute budget amendment would prevent the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from operating out of an office on the UW-Madison campus. That would have implications far beyond just the center and the university's journalism school, says Greg Downey, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. >More
 Wisconsin Public Television swept into dust-up over Citizen Koch documentary

Carl Deal was thrilled to think his documentary on the role of corporate bigwigs in Wisconsin's crackdown on public employee unions would air on public television. "It was a really appropriate venue for how the money of a few can drown out the voices of the many," says Deal, co-director of Citizen Koch, a film that critically examines the profusion of corporate cash in the political process, with an accompanying website that encourages an activist response. >More
 ALRC expected to issue new recommendations for downtown Alcohol License Density Ordinance in June

"What is ALDO?" Mark Woulf, Madison's food and alcohol policy coordinator, asks members of the Madison Plan Commission at a meeting Monday night. "It's our Alcohol License Density Ordinance, which was adopted back in October 2007." Woulf's appearance before the Plan Commission was in preparation for the Common Council's upcoming review of the density ordinance. >More
 Simpson Street Free Press hosts Washington Post's David Maraniss

Despite the volatile nature of the journalism industry, Pulitzer Prize winner and Madison native David Maraniss believes the enduring aspects of the trade -- finding the truth through reporting and telling a story well -- remain as important as ever. >More
 City engineers unveil updated East Johnson Street reconstruction plans

City officials presented updated plans Thursday to residents, businesses and property owners at Lapham Elementary School for the proposed 2014 reconstruction of Johnson Street. The proposal outlines the replacement of existing curbs, gutters, pavement and driveway aprons (the area between the sidewalk and curb) on the street from North Butler Street to North Baldwin Street. >More
 Vera Court Neighborhood Center ushers in an active summer with Baseball & BBQ

As the seats in Warner Park's baseball stadium -- perhaps better known as the Duck Pond -- slowly fill Thursday night, a knot of north side residents gather at the Park's shelter a few hundred yards away for the Vera Court Neighborhood Center's annual Baseball & BBQ fundraiser, kicking off a summer of community programming. >More
 Joe Tarr discusses the downtown Madison hotel boom on WORT

Isthmus reporter Joe Tarr reports on the growth in hotel development in the May 30 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 UW's United Council says JFC's action on 'refundable fee' could silence student voice

After members of the Joint Finance Committee voted last week to freeze UW tuition rates, Matt Guidry says he went up shake their hands. But he and other members of the United Council of UW Students then watched in surprise as the committee also passed a provision that will likely significantly decrease the nonpartisan group's funding. >More
 Wisconsin appeals court says Voter ID law's photo requirement constitutional (updated)

A Wisconsin appeals court ruled Thursday that the state's Voter ID law is constitutional. The ruling overturns a March 2012 decision by Dane County Judge Richard Niess that declared the law, passed by Republicans in 2011, unconstitutional and enjoined state officials from implementing it. >More
 Mike Tate faces challenge for Wisconsin Democratic Party chair

Democratic Party elections are usually internal affairs, but this year's ballot is generating an unusual amount of interest, particularly among critics who blame party leaders for the brutal electoral defeats sustained in recent years by Wisconsin Democrats. Since 2009, Democrats lost control of both houses of the state Legislature and the governor's office; failed to oust Gov. Scott Walker in an expensive and exhausting recall election; and were unable to unseat two Republican-backed incumbents on the state Supreme Court. >More
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