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Wednesday, January 28, 2015 |  Madison, WI: 32.0° F  Overcast
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Dane County Executive Joe Parisi calls for speedier dispatch and response times; Wisconsin Club for Growth sues Government Accountability Board for abusing power; 11-year-old killed by fallen tree

Friday, 5.30

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi calls on the Dane County 911 Center board to make immediate changes to speed up dispatch and response times. The response times have been criticized since a computer-aided system was installed in 2010. In a memo to the board, Parisi notes that the center has more employees and is taking fewer calls, yet responses are slower than in 2006.

Wisconsin Club for Growth sues the state's Government Accountability Board, claiming it abused its power and infringed on the rights of political activists by participating in the John Doe investigation. The secret investigation -- which U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa halted in May -- was looking at whether conservative groups had illegally coordinated with Republicans facing recall elections.

Saturday, 5.31

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District is starting a $3 million project at the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will produce slow-release fertilizer pellets to help reduce the amount of phosphorus and heavy metals in the lakes.

Sunday, 6.1

Allison Spahr, 11, dies when a tree falls on the tent she was sleeping in at Devil's Lake State Park.

Monday, 6.2

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne clears two Madison police officers, Officer Carlin Becker and Sgt. Dave McClurg, of any criminal wrongdoing for shooting and killing 33-year-old Londrell Johnson on May 2. Johnson had allegedly stabbed two women to death and injured a man before police killed him. Says Ozanne: "Responding to that threat with deadly force is permitted under the law." The Madison Police Department clears the officers a day later, while the state Department of Criminal Investigation is still working on its investigation.

Tuesday, 6.3

The State Journal reports that Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel of the Government Accountability Board, is worried about a judge's interpretation in the now-halted John Doe investigation of Republicans and conservative groups. In a recently unsealed affidavit in the case, Kennedy writes: "A candidate could operate secret committees and direct them to run overwhelming and negative advertising, while the candidate remains above the fray and the public would not know the true source of the contributions and expenditures."

Wednesday, 6.4

The nonprofit Wisconsin Athletic Foundation launches a fundraising drive for a $15.6 million, 58-acre athletic center on Highway 151 in Sun Prairie. The indoor center would include a full-size football/lacrosse field, a rock climbing wall, batting cages and a two-story restaurant and bar. There would also be numerous outdoor fields.

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