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WEEK IN REVIEW

Kleefisch apologizes for gay marriage remarks, Republicans take over in Wisconsin, Dane County medical marijuana vote passes

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Wednesday, 10.27

Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan B. Colas issues a temporary restraining order barring Madison College from assigning overtime to full-time professors. The order stems from a lawsuit brought by part-time faculty over a new work-assignment system. Now if he'd only restrict homework!

Thursday, 10.28

Rebecca Kleefisch apologizes for her remarks on gay marriage earlier this year, when she said: "At what point are we going to okay marrying inanimate objects? Can I marry this table, or this, you know, clock? Can we marry dogs?" Meet your new lieutenant governor, Wisconsin.

Friday, 10.29

A stray bullet fired from a nearby parking lot narrowly misses a 10-year-old boy sitting inside an apartment on the city's south side.

A Dane County jury finds Perry Lucas guilty of second-degree intentional homicide for killing Detarius Martin in Fitchburg in June 2009. Lucas' lawyer argued he acted in self-defense. He faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced in about two months.

The Madison school district says it will delay for a year implementing a controversial proposal that was met with protests and complaints. The plan was to standardize regular and advanced levels in math, science, English and social studies, but to many that sounded like "tracking" - separating pupils based on academic ability.

Monday, 11.1

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Wisconsin has committed to spending all of its $810 million federal stimulus money to build a high-speed rail line. The deal is inked in anticipation of the election of Republican Scott Walker, who has vowed to stop the train project. This ensures that the costs of doing so - actual and political - will now be much higher.

Madison's Board of Estimates approves an amendment to next year's budget adding $286,690 to hire eight new police officers.

Thomas Mitchell, the 51-year-old pilot of a single passenger plane, dies when he crashes in a cornfield near the Sauk Prairie Airport.

Tuesday, 11.2

Voters sweep Republicans into power in Wisconsin. But they also approve a $133.8 million expansion of Madison College, pass an advisory Dane County referendum on medical marijuana and return U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin to office. Voters in several dozen Dane County communities also say no to nonbinding referenda asking if they want to see a half-cent sales tax to support commuter rail.

Wednesday, 11.3

Gov.-elect Scott Walker announces he's starting to work on fixing the state's looming $2.7 billion budget deficit and creating 250,000 jobs. On tap for next week: solving world hunger, curing cancer and improving the quality of programming on TV.

Compiled (in part) from local media

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