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Friday, September 19, 2014 |  Madison, WI: 73.0° F  Partly Cloudy
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Occupy Madison applies to rezone property on 2000 block of East Johnson; Half a million Wisconsin residents would benefit from minimum wage increase; Wisconsin Supreme Court begins hearing challenge to voted ID law

Wednesday, 2.19

Occupy Madison applies to rezone property on the 2000 block of East Johnson Street to move its tiny-house workshop there and park up to nine of the small homes on the property.

Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ formally announces her candidacy for state attorney general, joining two other Democrats -- Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and state Rep. Jon Richards -- as candidates. Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, a Republican, is also running.

Thursday, 2.20

The state Assembly approves a bill ending minimum-wage mandates for government workers and contractors in Madison and Milwaukee.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture releases data showing that Wisconsin lost 8,707 farms and 621,061 acres of farmland between 2007 and 2012.

Monday, 2.24

UW-Madison's Center on Wisconsin Strategy reports that more than half a million residents in the state would benefit from an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. The increase would also stimulate the economy, create new jobs and decrease the state's racial income disparity, according to COWS associate director Laura Dresser.

Tuesday, 2.25

The Dane County medical examiner reports that Cheryl Lynn Gilberg, a 43-year-old woman who was found dead in her Mazomanie home Sunday, was killed by "homicidal firearm violence to the head." The Dane County Sheriff's Office says Gilberg had reported earlier in the month that she was a victim of domestic abuse. No arrests have been made.

The state Supreme Court begins hearing a challenge to Wisconsin's new voter ID law. Critics are heartened to hear Justice Patience Roggensack, part of the court's conservative majority, express reservations that it might require people to pay money to obtain the right to vote: "That bothers me."

Wednesday, 2.26

The state Department of Agriculture reports that some items sold at American TV and Appliance's going-out-of-business sale are ringing up higher than advertised.

Madison's Common Council approves moving into negotiations with a developer over Judge Doyle Square.

Dane County Judge Julie Genovese sentences Joshua Drabek, 20, to five years in prison for sexually and physically abusing his stepsister between 2006 and 2011 and for the sexual assault of a different teenage girl. The stepsister's father and stepmother are also serving five-year sentences for convictions in the abuse case. The girl escaped in 2012, when she was 15.

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