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New SEED grant program brings farmers' market produce to Madison public health clinic clients

On Wednesdays, Juan Gonzalez sets up a lone farm stand in front of the public health clinic on Park Street and passes out subsidized vegetables to women and their young children. His produce fuels a grant-supported collaboration between the Spring Rose Growers Cooperative, where he's a founding member, and Public Health Madison and Dane County. >More
 Tobacco, cigar sales down in Madison since 2009 tax hike

It's not a great time for tobacco retailers. A five-year-old federal tax increase has had a significant impact on national tobacco use, as found in a report by the Government Accountability Office. And some Madison-area businesses are feeling the pinch. >More
 Violence Against Women Act could help tribes stem violence against Native American women

His first wife flung a chair at him, breaking a window. In return, CJ Doxtater straddled and punched her. It was only when his second wife left him that Doxtater, an Oneida tribal member, began his long journey from an addict and abuser to an advocate fighting the kind of violence that plagued his own marriages. >More
 More eyes turn to Madison's Ultimate Frisbee fields

About 570 spectators gathered at Breese Stevens Field on Mother's Day to watch Madison's new professional Ultimate team, the Madison Radicals, battle Chicago opponents the Windy City Wildfire for first place in the American Ultimate Disc League. >More
 Wisconsin jobs chief grilled over WEDC audit findings

Tensions were high on Thursday at the Joint Audit Committee hearing about an audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) that uncovered six violations of law. >More
 Madison Chamber of Commerce president thinks city could benefit from new venture capital bill

Zach Brandon, president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, sees Wisconsin's historic entrepreneurial spirit lagging in recent decades. Despite a legacy with businesses such as Harley Davidson, Briggs & Stratton, and Kohler, Wisconsin has fallen behind other states in job growth and new business start-ups, he says. >More
 Dane County Democrats take back seat in 2013 legislative session

It's a given that lawmakers in the minority party are frozen out of leadership positions on legislative committees, powerful or otherwise. It's the chairperson, after all, who holds the power to advance or kill legislation. So it's no surprise that Democrats, who have been the minority party in both the state Senate and state Assembly since 2010, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker also took office, chair no committees. >More
 Wisconsin Business Alliance prepares to lobby lawmakers on public education, broadband access, green energy

Lower taxes and less government red tape often top the wish lists for business groups. But the newly formed Wisconsin Business Alliance has different priorities. Keeping public education strong is one of them. "Our education system actually affects our ability to hire the best folks," says John Besmer, creative director and co-owner of Planet Propaganda, a design and advertising firm. >More
 From Baroque music to beatboxing, Wisconsin Flute Festival shows woodwind instruments' versatility (slideshow)

Flutes probably aren't the first thing that come to mind when discussing hip-hop, but Sam Hartley knew he could change the conversation. The UW-Madison sophomore brought extra rhythm and bass to his performance at the Wisconsin Flute Festival on Saturday. During "Three Beats for Beatbox Flute," he incorporated vocal melodies and percussion, drawing an enthusiastic response from the audience. >More
 Scott Thornton cites negative mailer as a factor in his loss to Madison alder Marsha Rummel

Scott Thornton looked downtrodden at the election watch party for his campaign against three-term incumbent Marsha Rummel in Madison's District 6 aldermanic race. At about 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, an hour and a half after the polls closed, Thornton left a dozen supporters at One Barrel Brewing Company. He walked a few blocks down Atwood Avenue to the Harmony Bar, where he conceded to Rummel. >More
 Public transit funding could take another hit in Gov. Walker's 2013-15 budget

Transportation advocates are concerned that one sentence buried in Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 budget will spell trouble for public transit systems across the state. The governor is recommending that, starting in mid-2014, funding for public transit come out of the general fund rather than the transportation fund. Gary Goyke, legislative director for the Wisconsin Urban and Rural Transit Association, says the shift will put public transit in "competition with all other needs in the general fund" and likely mean a loss of funding for urban transit systems. >More
 Rep. Chris Taylor says her constituents did not want her to support even Democratic versions of the Wisconsin mining bill

Throughout Thursday's daylong debate on the Wisconsin mining bill (AB1/SB1), Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison) was the only Democratic representative to vote against every alternative bill offered by lawmakers in her own party. "I'm grateful to my Democratic colleagues who made many efforts to make this irresponsible bill less harmful," said Taylor in a statement. >More
 Can Neighborhood House get its act together?

In a basement room of the Neighborhood House Community Center, a small board of directors squared off with neighborhood residents in late January. As board members struggled to work through their agenda, stragglers interrupted the proceedings to raise concerns about the future of the center. The constant pounding of Japanese drums from another room added to the tension. >More
 Journalists and citizens testify against Wisconsin bill allowing new fees for public records

Journalists are usually the ones reporting the news. But several testified Wednesday at a public hearing against a bill allowing government agencies to charge new fees for public records requests. "I feel a little bit uncomfortable today," acknowledged Michael Juley, an editor with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, to members of the Assembly Committee on Government Operations and State Licensing. >More
 Income tax cut tops Gov. Scott Walker's 2013-15 budget plan for Wisconsin

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker began and ended his budget address Tuesday night with his vision of the American dream, one based on smaller government. "Our focus is simple -- more prosperity, better performance and true independence," said Walker. >More
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