Har Gobind Khorana, a biochemist who won the Nobel Prize for research he conducted while at the UW-Madison, dies in Concord, Mass., at 89. His work has been credited with spurring the biotech boom.
The Capital Area Regional Planning Commission again rejects Verona's plans to expand into 265 acres around Badger Mill Creek and the Upper Sugar River. The commission needed eight of 13 votes to approve the project. It had rejected the proposal once before, but the state Department of Natural Resources ordered a revote. Opponents say runoff from the project would damage trout streams and water quality.
Steven Cover, Madison's director of planning and community and economic development, sends a letter to developers of the 100 block of State Street, opposing the project and urging them to reconsider. See report here.
Dick Wheeler, the "dean" of the Wisconsin press corps, dies at age 67. See Bill Lueders' tribute here.
The Madison school district releases an analysis showing that Madison Prep, a proposed charter school for African Americans, could cost $13 million more than anticipated in the first five years. See Nathan Comp's report here.
Dane County Circuit Court Judge Peter Anderson dismisses a lawsuit attempting to stop the UW System's federally funded $32.3 million broadband projects.
A recall effort is filed against state Senate Majority leader Scott Fitzgerald.
The Dane County Board of Supervisors approves a $449 million budget for 2012, which raises the property tax levy roughly 4%. The board voted down a proposal to institute an annual $20 wheel tax and also voted down raises for themselves.
The recall effort against Gov. Scott Walker kicks off with several parties as volunteers hope to collect more than 540,000 signatures by Jan. 7. See Ruth Conniff's article.
Recall efforts are initiated against three Republican senators, Pam Galloway of Wausau, Terry Moulton of Chippewa Falls and Van Wanggaard of Racine.
Department of Natural Resources officials warn deer hunters to be on the watch for a cougar that has tripped trail cameras three times in the past month. Officials suspect the animal could now be in Flambeau State Forest or Price County. It is illegal to shoot a cougar in Wisconsin, except in self-defense.
The Department of Public Instruction reports that school property taxes have declined 1% from last year. Gov. Scott Walker claims the news is proof his reforms are working.
Residents on Madison's southwest side discover swastikas and racist graffiti on fences, a utility trailer and a home. Police don't believe any individuals were targeted.
The state Department of Workforce Development reports that the Famous Footwear distribution center in Sun Prairie will close next spring, laying off 144 employees.
Compiled (in part) from local media.