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Developers' proposals for 800 block of East Washington released; Mayor Soglin spent $30,000 on 29 out-of-state trips; Gov. Walker plans to expand voucher program

Wednesday, 2.13

State Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley reveals in a memo that she and Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson devised a security plan with Capitol Police two months before Justice David Prosser put his hands on Bradley's neck during a June 2011 argument. The justices requested heightened security because of Prosser's "abusive temper tantrums," according to Bradley's memo, which explains why she's stepping down in a disciplinary case against Prosser, filed by the Wisconsin Judicial Commission. The case has stalled because Prosser and three other justices have declined to participate, leaving the court without a quorum.

Thursday, 2.14

A 1-1/2-year-old girl is struck and killed by a car in the 3700 block of East Washington Avenue at 3:30 am. The girl's mother had been pushing her in a wheelchair, which she used as a stroller, when she dropped one of her daughter's bottles. While she looked for the bottle, the chair rolled into the street.

Friday, 2.15

Madison releases developers' proposals for the 800 block of East Washington Avenue. City officials praise the competing proposals, all of which include housing, retail space and grocery stores.

Sunday, 2.17

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that Mayor Paul Soglin has spent roughly $30,000 on 29 trips out of state. Soglin says the trips are vital in researching issues relevant to the city, including food policy, education, gangs and economic development. Former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, who traveled overseas but spent less than that, defends Soglin: "I would get a little flak, but I always thought I came back with ideas and insights that were useful to the city."

Monday, 2.18

The Associated Press reports that Gov. Scott Walker plans to expand the controversial school voucher program to nine school districts, including Madison, in his next budget.

Tuesday, 2.19

Primary elections narrow the field in Madison Common Council and school board races. Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack and challenger Ed Fallone both move on in the only statewide primary.

Wednesday, 2.20

The State Journal reports that the headhunting firm hired to find superintendent applicants for the Madison school board did not raise questions about the spotty record of Walter Milton Jr., one of two finalists. In written materials, Milton informed the school board that an Internet search would turn up "negative articles," but claimed they were inaccurate. After Madison reporters dug up those articles, Milton withdrew and the board hired the other finalist, Jennifer Cheatham.

The State Journal reports that Republicans are hurrying a bill through the Legislature that would prevent layoffs by allowing companies to reduce worker hours without negotiating with unions. Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) calls the bill "a clear opening shot at undermining private-sector unions."

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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