One Wisconsin County is getting some extra crash, to investigate and prosecute serious traffic crimes. Major Dan Lonsdorf with the Wisconsin State Patrol says, with new laws on uninsured motorists, tougher drunk driving penalties, and the ban on texting while driving, local law enforcement and prosecutors have a big increase in their workloads. That’s why the state Department of Transportation is providing Dane County with a 141 thousand dollar grant for critical traffic investigations and a prosecutor devoted solely to serious crashes. [Read more…]
After an all night meeting, Madison’s City Council has approved the $98 million Edgewater Hotel redevelopment project.
Members of the Madison City Council spent the meeting debating a proposed downtown hotel redevelopment, before taking a final vote on the Edgewater redevelopment at 7:40 this morning. The last vote was for $16 million in TIF funding for the historic hotel. [Read more…]
The Dalai Lama made a stop in Madison this weekend encouraging positive mental qualities like empathy and compassion. While sporting a Badgers cap presented to him by a children’s choir, the religious leader recalled a memory of young children who he were not concerned with “secondary differences.”
The best advice to pedestrians on the streets around Wisconsin’s state Capitol might best be summed up as “step lively.” Anecdotally at least, the downtown area has become notorious for drivers who routinely drive through crosswalks with little regard for the presence of pedestrians. That may soon change: Madison police have begun issuing tickets to motorists who fail to yield to foot traffic around the Capitol loop. [Read more…]
The Doyle Depot? Madison will have a new high speed rail station downtown, and if the city’s Mayor has his way, it will be named after Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. Doyle made the announcement Thursday that a site in the heart of downtown Madison has been selected over three others, including Dane County Regional Airport. The governor said a High-Speed Rail Station Feasibility Assessment indicated that the site on the Lake Monona side of Madison’s isthmus had higher projected ridership with costs roughly the same as other locations. And he noted that the city is already planning new parking. “And there is no doubt that what people wanted is to come to downtown Madison” Doyle said. [Read more…]
Madison’s Mayor is weighing on a proposed goose kill. “We need to explore all the options, but safety is paramount,” says Mayor Dave Cieslewicz about plans to kill up to 100 Canada Geese at Madison’s Warner Park. He emphasizes that the big birds are a potential hazard to planes at the nearby Dane County Regional Airport. [Read more…]
The Wisconsin Justice Department is refusing to release its copy of a threat assessment regarding groups participating in an abortion protest that occurred last year in Middleton. The report was compiled by US Homeland Security and shared with state DOJ and local law enforcement.
In a lifetime that spans the Great Depression and the Vietnam War, Noam Chomsky, 81, says he’s never seen such a climate of distrust in the US. Chomsky claims this distrust is giving rise to the tea party movement which he says is based on real concerns of unemployment and manufacturing jobs vanishing. In calling the tea party movement the “most organized” of all protesting groups he says important question to ask is, “Why are these justly angry people being mobilized by the extreme right?” [Read more…]
Lawmakers are considering a bill which would remove confusion over whether or not the public can park on Madison’s Capitol Square. [Read more…]
UW-Madison has postponed plans to build a $25 million ice arena next to the Kohl Center. Athletic Director Barry Alvarez says the fundraising drive is two million short of its $8 million goal to start construction. Alvarez says the project will move forward when more progress is made on the fundraising drive.
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UW Men’s Hockey Coach Mike Eaves is disappointed, but acknowledges it is difficult for people to contribute during the down economy.
The new building would serve as a competition and practice facility for the women’s hockey team and a practice area for the men’s team. Included as well would be locker and team rooms for the hockey and swimming programs.
Construction was to begin this spring, with a completion date of 2012.
Contributed by Jason Fischer