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Shortage of swine flu vaccine closes five of eight clinics, Lawton withdraws from governor's race for 'very personal reasons,' Hy-Vee opens first store in Wisconsin

Wednesday, 10.21

State Rep. Jeff Wood (I-Chippewa Falls) is arrested for his fifth driving-under-the-influence offense, on Highway 21 off Interstate 94. Police video shows Wood falling over during the sobriety test. Wood was on leave from the Assembly in order to seek treatment for substance abuse. He says he won't seek reelection in 2010 but has so far resisted calls to resign. The Assembly is considering whether to expel him.

Madison police, following up a report of drug activity at 2507 E. Johnson St., shoot and kill a pit bull they say was acting aggressively. Corey W. Yahnke, 31, is later charged with maintaining a drug dwelling, manufacturing and delivering marijuana and resisting arrest.

Thursday, 10.22

The state suspends the nursing license of Jacqueline Cole, 37, for allegedly stealing $638 from a former employer and testing positive for drugs.

Friday, 10.23

The Madison-Dane County Health Department closes five of the eight swine flu clinics planned for schools due to a shortage of the vaccine. Conspiracy theorists who believed the vaccine was a government plot now worry about not being able to get it. See Opinion column.

Monday, 10.26

Lt. Gov. Barbara Lawton withdraws from next year's governor's race for "very personal reasons." She declines to explain but says she's not ill and was not pressured to withdraw by the Obama administration, which seems to like Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, as yet undeclared. Does not wanting to lose count as a very personal reason?

The Wisconsin Community Development Legacy Fund forecloses on the Genesis Development Corp., a small business incubator on the south side. Genesis president Richard Jones tells the Wisconsin State Journal "we'll work it out."

A man having a smoke on a set of stairs in south Madison is threatened at knifepoint and asked to hand over his wallet. Instead, the intended victim kicks the mugger in the face, scaring him away.

Tuesday, 10.27

The Hy-Vee grocery chain opens its first outlet in Wisconsin, a 90,000-square-foot store on East Washington Avenue. See Linda Falkenstein's report.

The White House announces plans for President Obama to appear in Madison on Nov. 4, the one-year anniversary of his election. He is expected to speak on education, perhaps in connection with new state initiatives.

Because of the shortage of swine flu vaccine, the state Department of Health Services asks providers to vaccinate only those in five high-risk groups: pregnant women, people who live with children 6 months to 4 years old, children up to 4, health-care workers and anyone 4 to 18 who has a chronic medical condition.

Wednesday, 10.28

Hammes Sports and Entertainment releases revised plans for the Edgewater Hotel. See Jay Rath's report.

Compiled (mostly) from local media

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