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How secure are Madison-area schools?

In Madison and the surrounding area, where only a handful of school buildings were constructed in the post-Columbine age of school security, many facilities have been updated to increase safety. And schools are now being built to new safety standards, including Madison's Olson Elementary, Sun Prarie High School and two Sun Prairie elementary schools, says Luis Yudice, head of the Office of Safety and Security for Madison's schools, and Sun Prairie Deputy District Administrator Phil Frei. >More
 Late forms will keep two Madison Common Council candidates off the ballot (updated)

The long list of candidates running for Common Council this spring will apparently be two candidates shorter than expected. Madison City Clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl said this morning that two candidates running for alder -- Colin Bowden and Arthur Kohl-Riggs -- will not be allowed on the ballot because they did not turn in statements of economic interest on time. >More
 Neighbor disputes Madison police account in Paul Heenan shooting

The owner of a home mistakenly entered by an intoxicated neighbor, who was shot and killed by a Madison police officer arriving on the scene, said he tried repeatedly to inform the officer that the intruder was someone known to him. "I remember yelling, 'He's a neighbor! He's a neighbor!'" Kevin O'Malley told the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, recounting events outside his east-side Madison home in the early morning hours of Nov. 9. >More
 Expansion of Meadowridge library branch on Madison's southwest side to proceed

The city is moving forward with a last-minute plan to expand the Meadowridge library branch at its current location on the southwest side. The proposal drew scrutiny from city alders but was ultimately approved by the Common Council during negotiations on the 2013 budget. >More
 Wisconsin gun control efforts will face pushback

In late October, Saturday Night Live spoofed the second presidential debate, in which Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney fielded questions from a town hall audience. One question: "I was wondering what either of you would do to keep dangerous assault weapons such as AK-47s off the street?" Mock Mitt answered first: "Ah, nothing." Bogus Barack backed him up: "I would also do nothing." >More
 Plenty of contested races in Madison's 2013 spring city council election

The Madison Common Council will have an unusually high number of races contested this spring, with just six incumbents skating by without an opponent. >More
 Freedom From Religion Foundation sues IRS for not requiring churches to annually maintain tax-exempt status

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has filed yet another federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service. The Madison-based group that advocates for the separation of church and state charges that the IRS gives preferential treatment to churches and other religious organizations by not requiring them to file the "detailed, intrusive and expensive annual reports to maintain tax-exempt status" that are required of other non-profit groups, including the Freedom From Religion Foundation itself. >More
 Occupy Madison about to buy Fordem Avenue building to house homeless

A volunteer-run group that has been providing services to Occupy Madison is on the verge of quietly buying and turning a Fordem Avenue office building into housing for homeless individuals. "We're estimating that there are between 300 and 400 people out camping in various parts of the city and not going to shelters at night," says group member Brenda Konkel, of the need for such housing. >More
 Gov. Scott Walker voices support for limits on political fundraising

Scott Walker isn't anybody's idea of a champion of campaign finance reform. He was elected governor in 2010 after outspending the competition in what was then the costliest statewide race in Wisconsin history, at $37.4 million. That record was shattered in this year's recall election, when an estimated $81 million was spent, including $36 million by Walker's own campaign. >More
 Madison B-cycle trips, mileage and members all up in 2012

Madison B-cycle users in 2012 more than doubled their mileage from last year, the bike-sharing program said in an annual report released Friday. The report notes customers took 63,325 trips and rode B-cycle's shiny red bikes 94,402 miles in 2012, up from 18,051 trips and 36,618 miles in its inaugural 2011 season. >More
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