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UW System overpaid for health benefits by $33 million; Protesters demand independent investigation of Paul Heenan shooting; John 'Sly' Sylvester will return to air in February

Wednesday, 1.9

Madison Police announce that they have found officer Stephen Heimsness did not violate any department policies when he shot and killed an unarmed man who approached him on Nov. 9 on the east side. Police also report Heimsness will be returned to active duty. See Scott Gordon's report.

U.S. District Judge William Conley sentences William O. Diederich, 61, to three years' probation for calling in bomb threats to the state Democratic Party headquarters during the 2011 protests. Diederich's lawyer writes that his client suffers from mental and emotional problems and "was ill-equipped to cope with the volatile political atmosphere in Madison." He wasn't the only one.

Thursday, 1.10

A state audit finds that the UW System overpaid for health benefits by almost $33 million.

Saturday, 1.12

Protesters demonstrate outside the City-County Building, calling for an independent investigation of Paul Heenan's shooting by Madison Police officer Stephen Heimsness. See Elliot Hughes' report.

Monday, 1.14

The Associated Press reports that Gov. Scott Walker has received numerous threats in his first two years in office, especially during the Capitol protests early in 2011. More than a third of the roughly 65 threatening messages came from the same person. The Department of Justice has no open investigations.

The state Climatology Office determines that Lake Mendota has officially frozen - the same date as it did last year.

Liberal radio veteran John "Sly" Sylvester announces that he'll be back on the air starting Feb. 4, after landing a gig with the Monroe-based WEKZ 93.7 FM. WTDY laid off its news staff, including Sly, in a format change in November. See Scott Gordon's report.

Tuesday, 1.15

UW-Madison's Lisa Rutherford is following in the footsteps of Biddy Martin, the school's former chancellor, and heading to Amherst College in Massachusetts, where she'll be chief policy officer and general counsel.

Gov. Walker delivers his State of the State address to the Legislature, calling for lower income taxes and mining and regulatory reform. See Nora G. Hertel's report.

Capitol Police arrest 20-year-old Kvon R. Smith of Milwaukee for allegedly telling officers he had a Molotov cocktail in his backpack. The Department of Administration would not confirm whether he actually had an incendiary device.

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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