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Madison College's board approves $8 million Culinary and Baking Institute project; UW-Madison students restores free late-night cab rides; Gov. Scott Walker awarded by National Rifle Association

Wednesday, 4.11

Madison College's board approves an $8 million project to put its Culinary and Baking Institute in a new three-story building at its downtown campus. "We want to be the top program in the nation, not in the state," program director Paul Short tells the Wisconsin State Journal. "To do that, we feel that a facility like this is exactly what we're looking for."

Thursday, 4.12

A UW-Madison student committee restores funding for free late-night cab rides for students after killing the program in March.

Friday, 4.13

The National Rifle Association awards Gov. Scott Walker the Harlon B. Carter Legislative Achievement Award for approving concealed carry and castle doctrine laws. True story: When Carter was 17, he fatally shot a 15-year-old boy and was convicted of murder. But the conviction was overturned because the judge gave the jury incomplete instructions. Congratulations, governor.

A campaign advertising tracker reports that Gov. Walker is running attack ads only against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, even though there are three other Democrats seeking the nomination in the recall election.

Monday, 4.16

The State Journal reports that WEA Trust, a nonprofit group that insured about two-thirds of the state's school districts last year, has seen its revenue drop by $70 million after the state allowed districts more freedom to switch insurers. To adjust, the WEA Trust is expanding to offer insurance to municipalities and individual state workers.

The State Journal is named as a Pulitzer finalist for coverage of last year's Capitol protests in the breaking news category.

The state Supreme Court declines to take up two separate appeals of Wisconsin's new voter ID law, so two appeals courts will decide the matter. Two Dane County judges have ruled the law unconstitutional, in suits brought by the Wisconsin League of Women Voters and Voces de la Frontera/NAACP.

Tuesday, 4.17

The state Government Accountability Board refuses to block six Republicans from running in the Democratic primary recall elections against Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four state senators. The Democratic Party of Wisconsin had complained that the Republicans falsified information in an attempt to manipulate voters. Kevin Kennedy, GAB director and general counsel, says: "It's bad precedent for us to question the motivations of candidates on the ballot."

Dane County Judge Julie Genovese sentences 24-year-old Michael Spiess to 45 years in prison for sexually assaulting five boys. Prosecutors recommend 25 years, but that isn't enough for Genovese. "I just cannot let this happen to another child, ever," she says.

Wednesday, 4.18

The State Journal reports that UW-Madison is considering adding a winter term, like every other four-year campus in the UW System.

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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