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Delayed jail space-needs study for Dane County should be out in June

June just might be the month the long-awaited, much-delayed jail space-needs study will be released, says Dane County Executive Joe Parisi. "I think they're looking at the overall picture," he says of Mead & Hunt, the architectural firm hired to prepare the $440,000 study. >More
 Colectivo Coffee looks to expand in Madison with shops on State and Monroe streets

Colectivo Coffee, which opened its first Madison coffee shop on the Capitol Square last year, is expanding here with at least two more locations in the works. >More
 Occupy Madison closes on property in Emerson East neighborhood for tiny house village

Occupy Madison officially closed on property at 2046-2050 E. Johnson St. on Thursday, clearing another hurdle for its tiny house village for the homeless. "Occupy Madison owns property. Is that some sort of oxymoron?" jokes member Bruce Wallbaum, referring to the group's anti-capitalist roots. >More
 Fountain of Life church proposes youth sports park for West Badger Road site

Rev. Alex Gee says the south Madison of his youth had plenty of "positive places to hang out and play." But that was roughly 40 years ago. Today, he says, "Kids here don't have enough places to just play and be kids." And that's why the pastor of Madison's Fountain of Life Covenant Church wants to convert an abandoned gas station at 711 W. Badger Rd. into a youth soccer field and full basketball court. >More
 A bike-friendly remodel at Bendyworks

Madison's status as a gold-level bicycle-friendly city isn't exactly news. From our beautiful paths to bike-commuting workshops and events year-round, our town is clearly ahead of the game in American bicycle advocacy. So it's rather surprising that the city boasts only one Bike League-certified gold-rated Bicycle-Friendly Business. >More
 Isthmus on WORT: The tension between developers and neighborhood groups in Madison

Isthmus staff writer Joe Tarr reported on the competing interests and perspectives of city of Madison planning staff, developers and neighborhood groups in the May 23 issue, and discussed his story with WORT producer Dylan Brogan on the May 22 edition of In Our Backyard. >More
 Dane County Clerk's Office prepares for potential reversal of Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban

With U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb expected to rule soon on the constitutionality of Wisconsin's same-sex marriage ban, Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell is leaving nothing to chance. If Crabb overturns the prohibition, McDonell expects a rush of same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses at the clerk's office. >More
 Critics of Wisconsin wolf harvest decry lobbying clout of hunting groups

In February, the state's Wolf Advisory Committee took a surprising stand against a controversial state program that compensates the owners of dogs killed by wolves while hunting other animals. The committee, made up of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff and representatives of stakeholder groups, voted 9-8 to recommend discontinuing these payments, which no other state provides. >More
 Build, baby, build! Is Madison getting too cozy with devleopers?

On the night of Feb. 5, 2013, the Common Council settled in for the latest in a series of long, bruising fights over development. Once again a controversial project had reached the body, this time a massive luxury student apartment building called the Waterfront, in the Langdon area, one of the city's historic districts. It's a neighborhood of frat houses, apartment buildings and some old lakeside homes, most of which have been converted to apartments. >More
 John Doe II ruling alters campaign donation and coordination terrain in Wisconsin

There seemed to be no doubt about it: The conduct that Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis (R-Neenah) was recently caught on tape discussing -- creating an outside group to attack his Democratic opponent -- is against the law. >More
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