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Thursday, December 25, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 39.0° F  Partly Cloudy
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WPS Health Insurance to lay off 600 people; President Obama and Bruce Springsteen make last-minute Madison stop; Tammy Baldwin elected to U.S. Senate

Thursday, 11.1

A Madison committee recommends the city accept a proposal by Gorman & Co. to develop Union Corners, a vacant parcel on East Washington Avenue owned by the city. Gorman's $83 million proposal includes building 185 housing units and 163,000 square feet of commercial space, including a UW Health clinic, grocery, library and restaurant. Livesey Co./Stone House Development suspended its proposal right before the committee made its recommendation.

Friday, 11.2

WPS Health Insurance announces it is laying off up to 600 people, including 280 positions at its Monona headquarters.

Environmentalist Jonathan Ela, 67, who founded the Midwest office of the Sierra Club, dies of lung cancer.

Dane County Board members outline homeless initiatives, including building and operating single-room-occupancy apartments and running a day shelter. The site for the day shelter has yet to be determined.

Sunday, 11.4

Conservative pundit Ann Coulter tells a crowd at Monona Terrace that President Obama will lose the election because of Obamacare. "I'm feeling very good about Wisconsin," she says. Only 400 people show up.

Monday, 11.5

President Obama and Bruce Springsteen appear before about 20,000 people in front of the City County Building in a last-minute campaign stop.

Tuesday, 11.6

Wisconsin helps to reelect Obama and sends Tammy Baldwin to the U.S. Senate. Baldwin is the state's first female senator and the first openly gay person to serve in the Senate. Mark Pocan easily takes over Baldwin's congressional seat.

Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney announces at a press conference that charges are being brought against Jeffrey Vogelsberg, 28, for allegedly torturing and murdering his 27-year-old stepbrother, Matthew Graville, in Mazomanie in June. "In 33 years, I find it very difficult to find another case where an individual took advantage and abused a developmentally disabled male for their own entertainment," Mahoney tells reporters. "Matthew lived a living hell, one in which he could only find peace in death."

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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