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Wisconsin school staffing holds steady after years of decline

Newly released data from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction show that staffing levels at state public schools held steady last year, despite fears that changes initiated by Gov. Scott Walker would prompt additional losses. The number of employees did drop in some program areas and in some districts, according to the DPI's summary report. And overall staffing remains significantly lower than five years ago. >More
 Bill would make it harder for Wisconsin farmers to sue power companies over stray electricity

Scott Lawrence, an attorney in eastern Wisconsin, thinks he knows why some state lawmakers want to make it harder to sue power companies over electrical problems that cause damage to farmers. "They're good Republicans marching to the orders of moneyed interests," says Lawrence, of St. Nazianz in Manitowoc County. >More
 Madison to train staff in "dignified" communications after hostile emails by police officer Stephen Heimsness

Amelia Royko Maurer wants to know what's so special about 15 seconds. The 15 seconds in question are the ones when Madison Police officer Stephen Heimsness shot and killed her friend Paul Heenan outside her home on Nov. 9. Heimsness was exonerated in the shooting, but Police Chief Noble Wray now wants to fire him for numerous incidents in the months leading up to the shooting. >More
 Stu Levitan discusses Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square on WORT

Isthmus contributor Stu Levitan reports on the 30th anniversary of Concerts on the Square in the June 20 issue and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the same day's installment of In Our Backyard. >More
 Madison city committee plans for more state-imposed restrictions on tenant protections

A new bill that would strip even more tenant protections from Madison's housing ordinances has one city committee already planning how to tackle the fallout should it become law. >More
 Madison Birth Center blames its demise on HMO refusal to cover services

You'd think a free-standing birth center in progressive Madison, Wisconsin would be wildly successful, or at least comfortably sustainable. Not so, according to Jennifer Bell, who bought the Aszani Kunkler-founded Madison Birth Center in 2011 and announced its November closing on Tuesday night. >More
 Will major development change the character of State Street?

Max Grinnell fell in love for the first time on State Street. Not with any particular person, but with the urban setting in all its messy beauty. "It was an exciting place to be. The reason I was down here so much was that my father operated a film society on campus and showed a lot of movies at Vilas Hall," Grinnell remembers. "I was down here, putting up posters, watching people, looking into the storefronts." >More
 The making of a downtown tradition: Concerts on the Square turns 30

For a free event, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra's Concerts on the Square series has meant big business for everyone from baristas to barristers and bassists, too. It may prove to be the greatest engine for cultural enhancement, community spirit and economic development ever devised by a single Madisonian. >More
 ALRC delays overhaul of downtown Madison alcohol licensing process

Although the recommendations for revising Madison's alcohol licensing process hold far-reaching consequences, the Alcohol License Review Committee determined Wednesday night it needed more information as well as a review by the city's legal counsel before it could have a meaningful discussion on the proposals. To expedite this process, the committee unanimously recommended extending the current ordinance, due to expire Aug. 1, to Jan. 1, 2014. >More
 Wisconsin voters oppose state wolf hunt 8 to 1 in Humane Society survey

According to a statewide phone survey, Wisconsin voters of all political stripes from around the state overwhelmingly oppose the state's newly inaugurated wolf hunt. >More
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