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Wisconsin marijuana activists encouraged by developments in Colorado, Washington

Marijuana lobbying organizations National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and Is My Medicine Legal Yet? spent Wednesday at the State Capitol for their Wisconsin State Cannabis Lobby Day talking to legislators about legalizing medical marijuana in Wisconsin. >More
 Madison B-cycle's year of the commuter

Madison B-cycle considers its 2012 season a victory for bike commuting. The bike-sharing program allows users to check out bicycles at stations throughout the downtown, take a trip, and return the bike to a station. Customer miles traveled last year tripled from the 2011 inaugural season, leaping from 36,618 to 94,402 miles, according to the program's annual report, released in December. >More
 Mining tops Gov. Scott Walker's list of priorities, along with taxes and jobs, in 2013 State of the State address

Gov. Scott Walker received several standing ovations during his third State of the State address, but when the volume in the Assembly chambers fell, the chants and songs of a few dozen protesters could be heard on the other side. In his first State of the State since beating back a divisive recall challenge last June, Walker focused on former and future efforts to boost economic development, add jobs and reform state government. >More
 Carpenters' union protests Madison businesses; refuses to back up claims

For the past four months, a 20-foot-long sign has loomed in front of the Monkey Bar Gymnasium", charging the business with shameful behavior over a "labor dispute." The same three men hold the sign Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain, snow or shine. They followed the gym from its former location on Williamson Street to its current space on the corner of East Washington Avenue and First Street. >More
 Plan Commission delays Iota Court apartments 'indefinitely,' three historic buildings saved

After being referred back-and-forth from Madison's Plan and Urban Design commissions, the ball is back in the court of the owners of Palisades Apartments. The Plan Commission voted unanimously Monday to "refer indefinitely" the decision to tear down three historic buildings just off Langdon Street and replace them with a larger apartment complex. >More
 Madison city staff recommend funding for Care Net crisis pregnancy center housing

City staff is recommending awarding $550,000 in low-interest loans to Care Net Pregnancy Center of Dane County to build an apartment complex to house residents "graduating" from its residence for pregnant young single women. The Community Development Block Grant committee is due to review the staff recommendation on Wednesday, Jan. 17. >More
 Occupy Madison's homeless housing project faces pushback over management, development experience

Organizers of a proposed homeless housing project on Fordem Avenue are facing pushback over how the facility would be run and managed. Staff in the Community Development Block Grant office are recommending against extending a low-interest loan to Occupy Madison until organizers identify a fiscal agent, determine how the property and tenants will be managed, enlist the help of a consultant who has experience developing housing projects and provide neighborhood feedback. >More
 Ald. Scott Resnick stays on Madison Common Council ballot, despite challenge

Ald. Scott Resnick survived a challenge to his nominating petitions from opponent Christian Hansen and will be on the ballot for the 8th district, which represents much of the student neighborhoods around UW-Madison. But the race is clearly getting personal, with partisans from both sides squawking online over the charges and Isthmus' coverage of it. >More
 Protesters call for an independent probe into police shooting death of Paul Heenan

Up to 200 people gathered outside Madison's City-County Building Saturday to protest the findings of a police department internal investigation that cleared an officer in the shooting death of local musician Paul Heenan. "It is with great remorse and anger that we gather here today to speak out against a process that found one person, Paul Heenan, dead at the age of 30, and another, Officer Stephen Heimsness, exonerated, totally, of any wrongdoing," said Sam Stevenson, a friend of the Heenan family and an organizer of the event. >More
 Madison police call for rebuilding trust after Paul Heenan shooting, but ability to 'heal' has limits

While acknowledging that the Paul Heenan shooting has shaken some residents' trust in their police force, Madison Police Capt. Carl Gloede says he wants to keep an open dialogue. He also notes that his district is "blessed to have few of these critical incidents that drive separation between police and the community." >More
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