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Some bus passes get fare increase; U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl gives final speech from Senate floor; UW-Madison to hire Gary Andersen as Bielema's replacement

Wednesday, 12.12

Madison's Transit and Parking Commission approves fare increases for some bus passes, hiking 31-day passes $3 to $58 and raising the commute card rate 10 cents to $1.25 a ride. The increases go into effect Feb. 3 and are expected to raise $60,000. The cash fare will remain $2 a ride for adults.

The Wisconsin Medical Examining Board sanctions 11 doctors for writing questionable sick notices for protesters demonstrating at the Capitol in 2011.

The state Department of Administration decides to look for private funds before spending almost $500,000 of tax funds to renovate kitchens at the governor's mansion.

Thursday, 12.13

U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl, who retires when his term ends on Jan. 2, gives his final speech from the Senate floor. "Thank you for letting me pay back in part the great debt my family owes to the state that took in my immigrant mother and father." He has served for 24 years and will be replaced by U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin.

Developers renovating the Edgewater Hotel begin selling its old furniture and amenities.

Friday, 12.14

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Madison school district incorrectly reported student attendance data. As a result, almost all of the scores on its schools' "report cards" will drop slightly.

The Legislative Audit Bureau reports that thousands of public workers - ranging from teachers to cabinet secretaries - are "double dipping," having retired to collect a public pension only to return to work.

Monday, 12.17

U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb bars Wisconsin's Chippewa bands from hunting deer at night for the rest of the tribal season, ruling the tribes overstepped their authority in allowing the hunt without getting state approval. She calls on both sides to negotiate over next year's hunt.

The State Journal reports that Madison has reached a tentative deal with Hovde Properties to provide $3.4 million in tax incremental financing to build a $60 million, 14-story mixed-use building between West Johnson and Dayton streets. The project will provide new administrative offices for the Madison Fire Department.

Tuesday, 12.18

Unnamed sources at UW-Madison tell the State Journal the university will hire Gary Andersen, current football coach at Utah State, as its new coach. The search to replace Bret Bielema took just a couple of weeks. So how's the search for the new university chancellor going?

Compiled, in part, from local media

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