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Congestion concerns remain as city reviews proposal for new Marriott hotel off Capitol Square

Less than a week before the official proposal will reach Madison's Urban Design Commission, concerns linger over the impact of building an upscale 10-story hotel on the outer loop of the Capitol Square. The proposed AC Hotel by Marriott would be located at 202 E. Washington Ave., the former location of Pahl Tire Co. >More
 Domestic Abuse Intervention Services opens a bigger, better shelter to catch up with the rest of Wisconsin

For years, Domestic Abuse Intervention Services could house only about 25 victims of domestic abuse each day. That will change on Aug. 1 with the opening of a state-of-the-art facility at 2102 Fordem Ave., which offers 56 beds. >More
 Frank Productions responds to neighborhood concerns about proposed East Washington concert venue

Last night at Tenney Park, residents of Madison's near east side raised concerns about a new music venue proposed for the 1000 block of East Washington Avenue. The venue, a project of local concert-promotion company Frank Productions, would likely hold more than 2,000 concertgoers. >More
 Author Joe Burns urges Madison labor activists to bring back the 'effective strike'

The fallout from Gov. Scott Walker's elimination of workplace protections for public employees continues with a decline in union membership. It is not a situation unique to Wisconsin. >More
 City of Madison looking to purchase new Metro buses to serve Epic commuters

Epic Systems hired roughly 500 employees last week, and another 300 are expected to come on board this week, according to Drew Beck, the planning and scheduling manager for Metro Transit. Many of Epic's employees choose to live in Madison's downtown area and are willing to make the half-hour commute to where the medical software giant has built a rambling campus in Verona. >More
 Idea to use inmate labor at a new Dane County jail facility called a form of 'slavery'

A report on a new Dane County jail facility includes one proposal for saving taxpayers money: having inmates do their own laundry and make their own food. Currently most laundry is contracted out and county workers provide food service. >More
 Mayor Soglin calls inaugural Rhythm & Booms in downtown Madison a 'huge success'

Concerns from nearby neighborhoods that the relocated Rhythm & Booms fireworks display could result in parking headaches, traffic snarls and abandoned trash appear to have been overblown, at least from initial reports. >More
 All Aboard Wisconsin explores privately funded passenger rail between Madison and Chicago

Since Gov. Scott Walker turned down more than $800 million dollars in federal funding that would have supported a high speed rail connecting Madison to Chicago via Milwaukee, the buzz about better connecting the Midwest region via train has largely quieted down. But Gary Goyke says his organization is hoping to get the conversation started again. >More
 Wisconsin attorney general candidate Susan Happ shows up for same-sex marriages

Jefferson County District Attorney Susan Happ was the only candidate for Wisconsin attorney general to pay a visit to Madison's City-County Building on Saturday. "I just wanted to see history in its making," Happ said of the same-sex couples getting married that afternoon. >More
 Social-justice group offers financial aid to same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses in Dane County

Sara Gilbertson set up a card table outside the Madison City-County building on Saturday and hung a makeshift sign that read "emergency marriage financial assistance." Gilbertson, treasurer of the local Autonomous Solidarity Organization, said she was concerned that same-sex couples rushing to city hall to marry might have trouble coming up with the $145 for a same-day marriage license. >More
 Traffic and parking plans in place for Rhythm & Booms on Lake Monona

As Madisonians dust off their grills and stock up on American flag-themed party favors, city officials are finalizing details for the Rhythm & Booms fireworks show, which will relocate to Lake Monona for the 2014 display on Saturday, June 28. >More
 Fountain of Life church proposes youth sports park for West Badger Road site

Rev. Alex Gee says the south Madison of his youth had plenty of "positive places to hang out and play." But that was roughly 40 years ago. Today, he says, "Kids here don't have enough places to just play and be kids." And that's why the pastor of Madison's Fountain of Life Covenant Church wants to convert an abandoned gas station at 711 W. Badger Rd. into a youth soccer field and full basketball court. >More
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