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City committee votes to move Rhythm & Booms fireworks launch from wetlands to parking lot

The city of Madison's Committee on the Environment amended this year's contract with the organizers of Rhythm & Booms to move the fireworks display out of the Warner Park wetlands and into the parking lot. The pleas of the local advocacy group Wild Warner on behalf of the wildlife of Warner Park, complete with bird calls and bagged displays of firework debris, prevailed on the committee Monday to take measures to protect the wetlands. >More
 Wisconsin Business Alliance prepares to lobby lawmakers on public education, broadband access, green energy

Lower taxes and less government red tape often top the wish lists for business groups. But the newly formed Wisconsin Business Alliance has different priorities. Keeping public education strong is one of them. "Our education system actually affects our ability to hire the best folks," says John Besmer, creative director and co-owner of Planet Propaganda, a design and advertising firm. >More
 Proposed changes for Madison Metro bus routes get a public hearing

Madison Metro Transit planning and scheduling manager Colin Conn said Wednesday night's public hearing on proposed changes to city bus routes went "swimmingly well" after 23 citizens appeared to offer feedback to the city's Transit and Parking Commission. The proposed changes would affect 23 routes. >More
 Bills to keep an eye on in the Wisconsin Legislature's 2013-14 session

Anybody with Internet access can do it. Just go to the Wisconsin State Legislature's website and click the "Current Session" option on the "Legislation" tab at left. This will lead you to lists of bills introduced in the current session, which runs through 2014. >More
 A place called Occupy Madison: The homeless community plans its radical next step

When Caleb Pickle fled trouble at home in the spring of 2012, he wound up a stranger on the streets of Madison. Then he heard about a place called Occupy Madison. It was a group of people camping out, pooling resources. Pickle was skeptical at first -- he worried the group might be unstructured or unruly -- but gave it a chance. >More
 City committee recommends Gebhardt/Metcalfe's proposal for 800 block of East Washington

A city committee charged with vetting development proposals for the 800 block of East Washington Avenue chose the Gebhardt/Metcalfe's plan at a Tuesday meeting. The proposal had been recommended by city staff last week and also has the support of the adjacent neighborhood association. >More
 Mayor Paul Soglin's 2013 committee appointments spark gossip on Madison Common Council

Mayor Paul Soglin released his 2013 committee appointments on Wednesday, and while most of Madison can be forgiven for giving a large collective yawn, for the council members themselves, it is a huge deal. Alders spent much of Wednesday calling each other to complain, congratulate and gossip about the appointments. >More
 Hy-Vee will continue to display Our Lives LGBT magazine after online firestorm

Hy-Vee supermarket on East Washington Avenue says it will continue to display Our Lives magazine, a free bimonthly publication that focuses on LGBT residents and issues, after it was pulled from the racks last week due to alleged complaints about its content. >More
 Opponent of hunting and trapping in Wisconsin state parks unseats Dane County incumbent on DNR advisory committee

Promising to "give the majority in Dane County a voice" on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, Melissa Smith won a seat Monday night to the panel that advises the Department of Natural Resources on wildlife management and sporting matters. >More
 Wisconsin poised to modernize WIC nutrition program after passing on federal grant

In keeping with the Walker administration's distaste for tapping federal funds for state services, the former secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Health Services refused in 2011 to apply for a $8.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The grant would have helped implement a swipe card system for Wisconsin's Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. >More
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