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Wisconsin GOP pushes to limit corporate liability

As a steamfitter for the Wisconsin Electric Power Company in Milwaukee, Robert Hass' job was to install and repair the steam pipes that heat city buildings. Unibestos, a product made from asbestos, was used to insulate the pipes. Hass died in 2011 from mesothelioma, a painful cancer that starts in the lining of the lungs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, asbestos is a known carcinogen and considered the primary cause of a number of diseases, including mesothelioma. >More
 Wisconsin takes passive approach to the rise of chronic wasting disease

You can practically feel Patrick Durkin's blood pressure rising, column after column. The Waupaca-based outdoor recreation writer has devoted more than a dozen of his weekly offerings since 2009 decrying what he feels is the state's inadequate response to the threat posed to deer by chronic wasting disease, or CWD. >More
 Madison receives four proposals for Judge Doyle Square development

The city of Madison received four proposals for Judge Doyle Square, the two-block area that includes the Municipal Building and an aging parking ramp. The proposals are expected to be made public later this week. >More
 Community meeting introduces plans for 'The Hub' development on 500 block of State Street

A community meeting intended to begin the neighborhood vetting process on a proposed new development in the 500 block of State Street took place last night with a full room of about 75 attendees in the Pyle Center. "It's great to see this turnout," said Ald. Mike Verveer, in whose downtown district the new retail and residential building would be sited. >More
 Soglin says good behavior at Mifflin Street Block Party will mean money for summer youth programs

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin has $190,000 set aside, and the way he sees it, it will either go toward policing the Mifflin Street Block Party or to summer youth programs. And it all depends on whether partygoers behave this upcoming weekend. >More
 City committee approves longer hours for State Street-area sidewalk cafes

Come this summer, it looks like late-night downtown pub-crawlers might get to linger a little longer at their favorite outdoor cafe. A proposal extending alcohol service hours at sidewalk cafes -- and making the hours consistent citywide -- received unanimous approval Wednesday night from Madison's Vending Oversight Committee. >More
 Proposed State Street changes by Library Mall inspires city, UW-Madison to address connections

Representatives from the city and the UW-Madison kicked off plans to redevelop the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street near Library Mall Tuesday with a public input meeting. The plan is part of a larger series of developments that could drastically change the appearance State Street, with the 100 block currently under construction and the Mullins Group recently announcing broad changes to the 500 block. >More
 Madison's 2013 property assessments released, values see a slight increase

Madison's taxable property is now worth just under $20.4 billion, about a 1% increase over last year. Of the city's 73,793 parcels, 40% are seeing a change in assessment in 2013 -- with 7,220 increasing in value and 22,458 decreasing. It's the first time property values have seen a collective increase since 2009, says Mark Hanson, the city's assessor. >More
 Rotary Club of Madison turns 100

It was "Beatles Month" at Downtown Rotary when I joined Madison's oldest, largest and most important service club in 2001. As I looked out from the dais and saw my old University of Wisconsin Law School professor Gordon Baldwin -- engaging academic and campus chair of the 1972 Nixon campaign -- singing "Eleanor Rigby," I knew this was the club for me. >More
 Hunting critics want a say in Wisconsin's wildlife management

Patty Lowry had never been to a meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress before attending the group's spring hearing last week at Sun Prairie High School. But her interest in the group has grown since she learned it was behind the recently passed state law allowing trapping and expanded hunting in state parks. >More
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