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Del Henning closes Williamson Bicycle Works amid increased competition, stress

When Del Henning opened Williamson Bicycle Works in 1982 he used his entire life savings, which at the time was less than $2,000. But after three decades, he abruptly closed its doors in July. "I realized I don't have a prayer right now," says Henning, noting the shop's revenue did not match its debt. >More
 Wisconsin bill would shield underage drinkers from prosecution when seeking emergency help

A Wisconsin Assembly committee will hold a public hearing Thursday on a bipartisan bill that aims to protect underage drinkers from prosecution when seeking emergency medical or law enforcement assistance. The bill, AB 256, was spearheaded by the UW campus group Associated Students of Madison as part of its Responsible Action Campaign, launched in the 2012-13 academic year. >More
 Yellow Jersey bicycle shop, a State Street mainstay, to move to Arlington

Yellow Jersey, one of the oldest merchants on State Street, will move it operations in September to Arlington, a small village 20 miles north of Madison. "We had a new opportunity to buy a really beautiful building," says CEO Andrew Muzi. "We're really excited." >More
 Residents fear proposed Monroe Street development will change the neighborhood's character

Residents of the Dudgeon-Monroe neighborhood plan to appeal a recent Plan Commission decision to approve a mixed-use development on Monroe Street. But Ald. Sue Ellingson, who represents the area, says her guess is the appeal will fail. "I think that smart growth is just critical to the future in our city -- to have developments along transportation corridors, to attract young professionals to our city," Ellingson says. "This is the lifeblood of any city." >More
 New UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank to tackle daunting challenges starting July 22

When incoming University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor Rebecca Blank officially enters Bascom Hall on Monday, July 22, she'll face a steep learning curve. >More
 Madison Plan Commission approves controversial Monroe Street development

After many years of deliberations, the Common Council last year passed a new zoning code in an attempt to create a more efficient process for approving new developments. But critics say it has also made it more challenging for residents to have a say in new developments proposed in their neighborhood. >More
 Madison city committee plans for more state-imposed restrictions on tenant protections

A new bill that would strip even more tenant protections from Madison's housing ordinances has one city committee already planning how to tackle the fallout should it become law. >More
 One year after Gov. Walker's recall victory, Wisconsin GOP continues to push changes in election law

Recall elections "are not a privilege, but a right," said Orville Seymer of Citizens for Responsible Government. The public's fatigue from a round of recall elections during 2011 and 2012 has created enough animosity toward recalls, he added, making legislation unnecessary. "[Lawmakers] should make room and time for other issues," he said. >More
 UW's United Council says JFC's action on 'refundable fee' could silence student voice

After members of the Joint Finance Committee voted last week to freeze UW tuition rates, Matt Guidry says he went up shake their hands. But he and other members of the United Council of UW Students then watched in surprise as the committee also passed a provision that will likely significantly decrease the nonpartisan group's funding. >More
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