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Mayor Soglin not ready to speak on Paul Heenan shooting, but open to police review system

Mayor Paul Soglin said Tuesday he would not offer his thoughts on anything regarding the Nov. 9 officer-involved shooting of Paul Heenan until the three ongoing investigations of Madison police officer Stephen Heimsness are completed. Soglin called for a press conference in response to a WISC report, which he said inaccurately reported his current stance on the matter. >More
 Challengers cite a 'dysfunctional' Wisconsin Supreme Court

The empty chair with a name placard sent a not-so-subtle message: Justice Patience Roggensack was MIA. The Sun Prairie Action Resource Coalition, a grassroots progressive group, had invited all the candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court to a forum last week at the Sun Prairie public library. But only incumbent Roggensack's challengers, Ed Fallone and Vince Megna, showed up. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker rejects billions of federal dollars to expand Wisconsin's Medicaid program

A day after President Obama pitched an ambitious liberal agenda for the United States, Gov. Scott Walker pushed back. Walker announced Wednesday that he will not expand Wisconsin's Medicaid program, as prescribed in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), and would instead shrink the program. >More
 Brace yourself for jaw-dropping spending in the 2013 race for Wisconsin Supreme Court

On Tuesday, Feb. 19, Wisconsin will hold a primary election for state Supreme Court, narrowing the field from three candidates to two. Then the race will begin in earnest. Justice Patience Roggensack, who has already served one 10-year term on the state's highest court, is expected to survive the cut. Her challengers are Ed Fallone, a Marquette University Law School professor, and Vince Megna, a Milwaukee lawyer specializing in suing auto companies. The general election is April 2. >More
 January 2013 survey indicates Dane County's homeless population has increased

The number of people without homes in Dane County climbed almost 13% in the last year, according to a "point-in-time" survey taken the night of Jan. 30. The survey is done twice a year -- once in January and once in July -- at the behest of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. >More
 Walker administration stays on sidelines as feds set up Wisconsin's health insurance exchange

As the federal government works on setting up a health insurance exchange in Wisconsin, the governor's office appears to be largely silent on how it would like the system to be set up. Concerned over this silence, Democratic legislators and health care advocates invited Kenneth Munson, director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region V -- which covers Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Minnesota -- to Madison Thursday to find out where the process stands, provide suggestions and ask questions. >More
 Pahl Tire to make way for new development in prime downtown Madison location

Pahl Tire Co., a longtime Madison business, is closing its doors. The Alexander Company has an accepted offer on the property, a prime piece of real estate located just a block off the Capitol Square at the corner of Webster Street and East Washington Avenue. >More
 Walker's radical reform: How has it worked out for Wisconsin's economy?

Gina Ray had a front-row seat to the chaos that erupted around the Capitol protests in early 2011. Although Ray sympathized deeply with the protesters, she had a job to do as a 20-year veteran on the governor's security detail: protect the governor and his staff and keep the peace. Mostly, what she saw going on behind the curtain during those chaotic days was fear. >More
 Wisconsin public defender refers a minor seeking court-approved abortion to Care Net, a crisis pregnancy center

From the get-go, Tia was certain she wanted an abortion. She had her reasons. Just 17, she says she could have gotten pregnant by one of two boys. She had also recently done drugs, including coke. "It made me nervous about how the baby would be affected and stuff," says Tia, who lives in Madison but asked that her real name not be used and that other identifying details be withheld. >More
 Petition seeking to remove Officer Stephen Heimsness from Madison Police Department clogs city's email system

Messages generated by an online petition on calling for Madison officials "to get police officer Stephen Heimsness off the streets of Madison" has overwhelmed the city's email system, forcing it to temporarily block emails from the site. >More
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