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No-wake order issued on lakes Waubesa and Monona; Gov. Walker signs 2013-15 state budget; Officer Stephen Heimsness agrees to resign

Thursday, 6.27

Dane County officials issue a slow, no-wake order for boaters on lakes Waubesa and Monona after heavy rains in the region. This means no water skiing or fast boating is allowed. "It kills our boating traffic because people just won't boat," Dan Frion, bar manager at Christy's Landing on Lake Waubesa, tells the Wisconsin State Journal. "They don't want to putter around."

Friday, 6.28

A 23-year-old cyclist is hit by a Madison Metro bus in the 1600 block of Regent Street and suffers minor injuries. The cyclist allegedly turned in front of the bus. Madison police, in a news release, credit the bus driver for reacting quickly: "Had it not been for the keen attention paid by the 49-year-old bus driver, the bus would have completely run the bicyclist over."

Police respond to a neighborhood brawl on Theresa Terrace on the south side to find dozens of people fighting with sticks, garden rakes and dumbbells. Three teenagers are injured and two young men are arrested.

Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Hanrahan sentences Dominique Hale to 30 years in prison for stabbing 39-year-old Willie Taylor to death last September in Fitchburg, inside the apartment of Hale's ex-girlfriend.

Saturday, 6.29

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the state bar wants state Supreme Court justices limited to one 16-year term, instead of being allowed to run for unlimited 10-year terms. The bar wants a constitutional amendment introduced this fall to make the change. "The campaigns have become so brutal," says Joe Troy, a former circuit court judge who led an 18-month study on the issue. "The sitting justice is attacked and demeaned, and the challenger is attacked and demeaned. The public sees that and thinks we must not have very good justices."

Sunday, 6.30

Gov. Walker signs the 2013-15 state budget at Catalyst Exhibits in Pleasant Prairie. The governor makes 57 changes to the $68 billion spending plan, using a veto power that allows him to cut specific words and numbers. He blocks a proposal to allow bounty hunters to operate in the state and another to kick the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism off the UW-Madison campus.

Monday, 7.1

Construction crews begin work on the $175 million, six-year reconstruction of the Verona Road interchange of the Beltline.

The Madison Police Department announces that Officer Stephen Heimsness has agreed to resign and is dropping charges to dismiss him with the Police and Fire Commission. See report.

Compiled, in part, from local media.

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