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Willy Street Co-op employees to vote on union, but only at west-side store

A vote on unionizing the Willy Street Co-op will proceed in the next month, but only for workers at the Co-op's west-side store in Middleton and not at the co-op's flagship store on Madison's progressive east side. >More
 City of Madison again contemplates Garver Feed Mill's future

When Carl Landsness was growing up on Madison's near east side in the 1950s and '60s, the whole Schenk-Atwood neighborhood was his playground. "It was a little boy's dream," he says of the childhood he spent exploring the nearby factories and railroad tracks, clambering over dumpsters and tromping through Starkweather Creek and the surrounding marshland. >More
 Gov. Walker's 2015 State of the State speech seen as part of presidential campaign

In his State of the State address Tuesday night, Gov. Scott Walker boasted that what he calls the "Wisconsin comeback" is working. Pointing to a falling unemployment rate, an increase in the number of private sector jobs and improved school performance records, Walker touted the reforms he made in his first term as governor. >More
 Madison Metro bus riders angered by proposed stop closings

Michael Barrett doesn't ride the bus all that much, as he mostly gets around by bicycle. But his mom and an elderly neighbor both depend on Madison Metro to get out. And so Barrett, who is a member of Madison Area Bus Advocates, fears how changes proposed by Madison Metro -- to thin out bus stops along routes through the isthmus -- might limit some people's independence. >More
 Wisconsin state agency spending on outside service contracts continues to rise

Each year, as a state law requires, the Wisconsin Department of Administration produces a "Contractual Services Purchasing Report." It tracks spending by state agencies and the University of Wisconsin to outsource tasks ranging from information technology to janitorial work. State workers have long argued that they could be doing many of these jobs for less. >More
 Bullets exacted terrible toll on children, African Americans in Wisconsin

Lt. Mark Stanmeyer's son wanted to know why his dad was going into work on a Sunday. And although the boy is only 9, Stanmeyer, spokesman for the Milwaukee Police Department, decided to tell him. "A little boy was in his home and someone shot bullets into it and he was killed," Stanmeyer related of the incident. He found it difficult: "How do you look your child in the face and tell him that?" >More
 City of Madison must establish new parkland to develop Garver Feed Mill property

If Madison wants to redevelop the dilapidated Garver Feed Mill near Olbrich Park, it will have to create a new park of an equivalent size somewhere else in the city. It's the latest hurdle in a redevelopment effort that has dragged on for decades, and could bring more disagreement over what to do -- or not do -- with the building, which was constructed in 1905. >More
 Will Hill Farms project kill garden, farmers' market?

In the face of mounting evidence of Madison's racial disparities, various efforts are under way to bring together people who might not otherwise cross paths. These labors are not lost on people who tend plots at Sheboygan Avenue Community Garden, where they say they've developed diverse connections in a completely organic way. >More
 Mayoral candidate Christopher Daly has ideas for systemic change in Madison

After Chris Daly graduated from the UW-Madison with a degree in communications in 2012, he kept hitting the books. He spent his free time scouring the Internet to learn whatever he could about everything from human health to financial regulations to environmental issues. All of it was done with an aim to figure out how life could be better in Madison. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker sees end to sky high spending in Wisconsin's gubernatorial races

This, too, shall pass. That, in a nutshell, is Gov. Scott Walker's prediction regarding the vast sums spent in the recent gubernatorial elections. He doesn't expect it to keep happening. >More
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