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Pro-life advocate Vincent Rue assists state in Wisconsin abortion law defense

State Department of Justice lawyers were in court last week defending a 2013 Wisconsin law that requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic. During the four-day bench trial before U.S. Circuit Judge William Conley, one name came up during the cross-examination of each expert witness for the state: Vincent Rue. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: A potential opening for same-sex marriage in Wisconsin

Isthmus news editor Judith Davidoff reported on how two county clerks are preparing their offices in case the ban is overturned in the May 30 issue, and discussed her story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the May 29 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Gun possession bills fail as shots still fly in Milwaukee

If Wisconsin had tougher penalties for habitual criminals caught with firearms, might Sierra Guyton, age 10, not have been shot? The most honest answer: We'll never know. The most intriguing: Possibly. >More
 City owes departing Madison parks director Kevin Briski $86,000 for unused vacation, sick pay

Kevin Briski drew a fair share of criticism during his six-year tenure in Madison. But say what you want about the guy: he didn't take much vacation. >More
 Delayed jail space-needs study for Dane County should be out in June

June just might be the month the long-awaited, much-delayed jail space-needs study will be released, says Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. "I think they're looking at the overall picture," he says of Mead & Hunt, the architectural firm hired to prepare the $440,000 study. >More
 Colectivo Coffee looks to expand in Madison with shops on State and Monroe streets

Colectivo Coffee, which opened its first Madison coffee shop on the Capitol Square last year, is expanding here with at least two more locations in the works. >More
 Occupy Madison closes on property in Emerson East neighborhood for tiny house village

Occupy Madison officially closed on property at 2046-2050 E. Johnson St. on Thursday, clearing another hurdle for its tiny house village for the homeless. "Occupy Madison owns property. Is that some sort of oxymoron?" jokes member Bruce Wallbaum, referring to the group's anti-capitalist roots. >More
 Fountain of Life church proposes youth sports park for West Badger Road site

Rev. Alex Gee says the south Madison of his youth had plenty of "positive places to hang out and play." But that was roughly 40 years ago. Today, he says, "Kids here don't have enough places to just play and be kids." And that's why the pastor of Madison's Fountain of Life Covenant Church wants to convert an abandoned gas station at 711 W. Badger Rd. into a youth soccer field and full basketball court. >More
 A bike-friendly remodel at Bendyworks

Madison's status as a gold-level bicycle-friendly city isn't exactly news. From our beautiful paths to bike-commuting workshops and events year-round, our town is clearly ahead of the game in American bicycle advocacy. So it's rather surprising that the city boasts only one Bike League-certified gold-rated Bicycle-Friendly Business. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The tension between developers and neighborhood groups in Madison

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the competing interests and perspectives of city of Madison planning staff, developers and neighborhood groups in the May 23 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the May 22 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
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