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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
 Former MPD captain Cheri Maples says use of deadly force in Paul Heenan shooting did not comply with standards in place on her watch

A former Madison police captain says she is confident that Officer Stephen Heimsness, who shot and killed Paul Heenan during a burglary-in-progress call Nov. 9, did not comply with the standards that were in place when she served as captain of personnel and training from 2000 to 2005. Cheri Maples, who is now a dharma teacher, was particularly critical of Heimsness' decision to draw his firearm -- rather than a less dangerous weapon -- when arriving on the scene, saying it only created a precarious situation. >More
 Legal challenges expected if Wisconsin mining bill passes

Republicans may be fast-tracking mining legislation, but legal challenges are expected soon after signing. Litigation is so anticipated, in fact, that the bill includes a fiscal note from the Department of Justice requiring that funds be set aside to defend against "legal challenges," as well as to prosecute "law violations" related to mining. >More
 MPD Officer Heimsness now being investigated for three incidents prior to Paul Heenan shooting

The officer who shot and killed Paul Heenan Nov. 9 on South Baldwin Street is now being investigated for three earlier incidents, Madison Police Chief Noble Wray announced at a news conference Friday. Wray called the preliminary information regarding the three investigations "troubling" but maintained that Stephen Heimsness' actions on Nov. 9 were still "objectionably reasonable." >More
 Former MPD captain Cheri Maples calls for training changes in wake of Paul Heenan shooting

Former Madison Police Captain Cheri Maples says the exoneration of the officer involved in the shooting death of musician Paul Heenan shows the need for a change in police protocols. "Since the police department chose to exonerate him, then I think we need to look at the training standard, period, and change it," says Maples, who was captain of personnel and training when she retired from the Madison Police Department in 2005 after 21 years on the force. >More
 Pregnant? Scared? Abortion risks are exaggerated at Wisconsin's crisis pregnancy centers

One afternoon last March, two young women paid a visit to the Women's Care Center on Orin Road. Located just across the street from a Planned Parenthood clinic, the Women's Care Center is a crisis pregnancy center, designed to offer women facing an unplanned pregnancy alternatives to abortion. Amanda Geske, an intern with NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin Foundation at the time, was posing as a friend of Sarah (not her real name), who was pretending to be pregnant. >More
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