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Former GOP campaign staffer Kyle Wood pleads not guilty to obstruction charge

With his self-inflicted facial wounds apparently healed, former GOP campaign staffer Kyle Wood pled not guilty in Dane County Court Thursday to charges he obstructed police by faking an attack at his Madison home. Wearing a light blue hoodie over a green dress shirt and tie, Wood appeared without an attorney. >More
 Wisconsin Senate bill would end revolving door of lawmaker-to-lobbyist

Until recently, Jeff Fitzgerald held one of the most powerful positions in Wisconsin government, as speaker of the state Assembly. He didn't seek reelection last year because he ran for U.S. Senate, coming in fourth among four Republican primary contenders. His tenure as a legislator officially ended on Jan. 7. Two days later, on Jan. 9, the state Government Accountability Board issued Fitzgerald a license to lobby. >More
 Trapping in Wisconsin state parks: Can it be done without hurting people and pets?

Carolyn Schueppel was walking her dog in a privately owned conservation area near Lake Waubesa where dogs were commonly, but illegally, let off the leash. She let Handsome, her three-year-old Border collie mix, stretch his legs, and he raced out of sight. She found him just beyond the conservancy border in a Conibear trap that had been set to catch and kill raccoons. Terrified, Schueppel struggled with the trap but was unable to open it, and was forced to watch Handsome die. >More
 GOP campaign worker Kyle Wood to appear in Dane County court for fabricating tale of attack

Kyle Wood, the Republican campaign worker charged with obstruction for fabricating a story about being attacked at his home, will appear in Dane County Circuit Court on March 14. Wood could be fined up to $10,000 for telling a false story to a police officer or sentenced to prison for up to nine months. >More
 Madison residents address height in discussing 800 East Washington proposals

The selection process for deciding which proposal will win the opportunity to develop the 800 block of East Washington Avenue continued Tuesday night with a public meeting at the Madison Municipal Building. About 60 people attended the meeting, including representatives of the three development teams and residents looking to weigh in. >More
 Rent-to-own companies revive lobbying efforts in Wisconsin to pass disclosure requirements exemption

Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposal to exempt rent-to-own companies from having to disclose interest rates to customers may end a long-fought battle for such businesses, who have spent close to $900,000 since 2003 lobbying state lawmakers on the issue. Rent-to-own companies are currently regulated as credit lending institutions, which Walker's measure seeks to change. >More
 Chicago Public Media reporter Linda Lutton discusses her role in producing This American Life's series on Harper High School and gun violence

Linda Lutton, an award-winning education reporter for Chicago Public Media station WBEZ and former Isthmus intern, was one of three reporters who produced two recent episodes for This American Life about Chicago's Harper High School. The two hours of interviews with students, teachers and administrators are as engrossing as they are rattling. Lutton and her colleagues spent the fall semester at Harper, attempting to capture stories about a school that lost eight students to gun violence last year with another 21 students shot. >More
 Public transit funding could take another hit in Gov. Walker's 2013-15 budget

Transportation advocates are concerned that one sentence buried in Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 budget will spell trouble for public transit systems across the state. The governor is recommending that, starting in mid-2014, funding for public transit come out of the general fund rather than the transportation fund. Gary Goyke, legislative director for the Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association, says the shift will put public transit in "competition with all other needs in the general fund" and likely mean a loss of funding for urban transit systems. >More
 Three proposals for 800 block of East Washington Avenue to receive public hearing

Plans continue to move forward for development of the 800 block of Madison's East Washington Avenue, with three different proposals being heard by the 800 North Block Selection Committee last Thursday night. The proposals will receive a public hearing Tuesday, March 12. >More
 Wisconsin's concealed carry law shields identities of felons, abusers and fugitives

More than 4,000 applicants were denied a Wisconsin concealed carry license and more than 400 had their licenses revoked or suspended in the program's first 14 months, records show. These included dozens of felons, domestic abusers, illegal drug users and "fugitives from justice.' Who were these lawbreakers? The state's lips are sealed. >More
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