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Fordem Avenue building eyed by Occupy Madison being sold to another buyer

Occupy Madison Inc.'s hopes to purchase a building at 2132 Fordem Ave. for a homeless housing project have been dashed. Brenda Konkel reports on a couple of local listservs that the group's "offer to purchase the building at 2132 Fordem Ave. has been rejected in favor of an alternate offer." >More
 Chemical samples collected, but environmental impact of Rhythm & Booms still to be determined

Madison's Committee on the Environment presented preliminary data Monday from a study evaluating the environmental impacts of the Rhythm & Booms fireworks held each year at Warner Park. The "progress report" presented by James Bennett, an adjunct professor of botany at the University of Wisconsin, demonstrated the presence of certain chemicals in plants near the park, but it did not identify how severe the presence of those chemicals is. >More
 Mary Kolar and C.J. Terrell will run for the District 1 seat on the Dane County Board

Mary M. Kolar and C.J. Terrell will face off April 2 for the lone position up for grabs on the 37-person Dane County Board of Supervisors. Both candidates submitted valid nomination papers by Monday's deadline, according the county clerk's office. >More
 Abortion pill restrictions part of nationwide push

Medication abortions have become more prevalent nationally in the past few years, and laws targeting them are sweeping state legislatures across the country. According to the Guttmacher Institute, a national nonprofit policy research group, nine states have passed laws requiring that the prescribing clinician be physically present when abortion-inducing drugs are provided. >More
 Wisconsin law limits access to abortions, increases risk for women

The two pregnancy tests she took early last year had come up negative, but this time a faint plus sign surfaced in the plastic window. Samantha, 21, knew immediately what she wanted to do. Within five minutes, she said, she called Affiliated Medical Services, a clinic in Milwaukee that provides abortion services. >More
 Heated testimony heard from both sides at public hearing on Wisconsin mining bill

Shirl LaBarre looked exasperated and upset on Wednesday when she sat down to testify at the joint public hearing on the mining bill backed by Republicans that was reintroduced January 18. LaBarre and her friend, Jim Miller, drove from Sawyer County on Tuesday night to testify in favor of the bill, which is not to be confused with an alternative version offered by Sen. Tim Cullen (D-Janesville). >More
 The Wisconsin Legislature is now in control of credentialing Capitol journalists

At the height of the collective bargaining protests, when nearly all the doors at the Capitol were locked and guarded by police officers from every corner of the state, Dick Wheeler -- the unquestioned leader of the Wisconsin Capitol press corps -- ensured that members of the media were not denied access to the building. >More
 Mayor Soglin lays out his vision for Madison's 'new frontier' in 2013 State of the City address

Nearly two years into his third term as mayor, Paul Soglin outlined a path for Madison to regain its status as an economically "special" city in his State of the City address to the Rotary Club of Madison Wednesday. The mayor spent most of his 40-minute speech talking about the ways the city could return to the days when the unemployment rate was as low as 1.9%. >More
 Lobbyists work behind closed doors to help interest groups secure lucrative Wisconsin contracts

In Wisconsin, any paid representative of an interest group who spends more than a nominal amount of time trying to influence state law or policy must register with the state Government Accountability Board and submit twice-yearly accountings of lobbying activity. But if a person works to help an interest group secure a state government contract, even one worth tens of millions of dollars, there is no registration or reporting requirement. >More
 Views from the 'Wisconsin Guns Across America' rally on the Capitol Square (slideshow)

Hundreds of gun rights advocates rallied at the Wisconsin Capitol at noon Saturday, carrying homemade signs and guns in opposition of recent calls for tighter gun restrictions. >More
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