Most talked about Wisconsin State Journal stories

Brewing beer at dairy-centric Babcock Hall

host.madison.com — A pilot brewery at Babcock Hall on the UW-Madison campus is helping students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences learn more about fermentation and is preparing some students for the growing craft beer industry.

New mental health program for kids on tap

host.madison.com — Children with mental health needs in 15 counties of northern Wisconsin and Milwaukee County will be getting a big assist from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). The college has been awarded $1 million to start a child psychiatry consultation program during a time when there's a shortage of child psychiatrists.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @sandyhook: The Medical College of WI was awarded $1 million to start a child psychiatry program to assist 15 Wisconsin counties bit.ly/1ySh10h

Chris Rickert: Bars for blowouts and booze in the Downtown Madison of the future

host.madison.com — Few things happen in Madison city government -- well, in any city government -- that come anywhere near awe-inspiring. About as close as we get is Mayor Paul Soglin brandishing his veto pen, something he did last week over concerns that granting a liquor license to a proposed 130-tap bar and restaurant called HopCat would only further shift the balance of commerce Downtown away from retail and toward ever more booze, booze, booze.

Expect more students from outstate and abroad if expected state funding cuts come to UW

host.madison.com — In coming years, the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin may become more than academic at some University of Wisconsin campuses. They may find themselves in a Darwinian struggle to remain open and relevant in the face of two more years of expected state budget cuts and a tuition freeze for state undergraduates also expected to be extended another two years.
Jan 25, 2015

Expect more students from outstate and abroad if expected state funding cuts come to UW host.madison.com/news/local/edu…

As 2016 campaign begins, Scott Walker looks to set himself apart in Iowa

host.madison.com — DES MOINES - The 2016 presidential election began here in earnest Saturday morning with Gov. Scott Walker joining a scrum of Republican hopefuls trying to seize what one former president once called "the Big Mo."

Chris Rickert: 'Corporate welfare' for the country club set casts pall over life in The Hills

host.madison.com — Controversy over government help for the private Blackhawk Country Club brings to mind F. Scott Fitzgerald's line about the rich being "different from you and me." Their problems, for example, can look like the kind you and me might actually want to have.

Pro baseball: The game loses an icon as 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dies at age 83

host.madison.com — Even as the Chicago Cubs lost one game after another, Ernie Banks never lost hope. That was the charm of "Mr. Cub." Banks, the Hall of Fame slugger and two-time MVP who always maintained his boundless enthusiasm for baseball despite decades of playing on miserable teams, died Friday night.
Jan 24, 2015

RT @RobHernandezWSJ: Pro baseball: The game loses an icon as 'Mr. Cub' Ernie Banks dies at age 83 host.madison.com/sports/basebal…

Whitehorse staff member under investigation for child sexual assault

host.madison.com — Since September, police have been investigating a reported series of sexual assaults of a now-former Whitehorse Middle School student by a staff member and are readying a case to be reviewed by prosecutors, according to a search warrant that was unsealed this week in Dane County Circuit Court.
Jan 23, 2015

Whitehorse staff member under investigation for child sexual assault: bit.ly/189ngEd via @madisondotcom

Jan 23, 2015

Whitehorse Middle School staff member under investigation for child sexual assault host.madison.com/news/local/cri…

This year's state budget shortfall could grow by $151 million

host.madison.com — Wisconsin's projected budget shortfall could grow by $151 million for the current year, but will shrink slightly in the upcoming budget period, new estimates released Friday found. A report by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows the state is projected to close this fiscal year, which ends June 30, with a $283 million shortfall.
Jan 23, 2015

This year's state budget shortfall could grow to $283 million; $2 billion hole for 2015-17 host.madison.com/news/local/gov…

Jan 23, 2015

This year's state budget shortfall could grow by $151 million: bit.ly/1D0nuXL via @madisondotcom

Scott Walker at odds with key provisions of school accountability bills

host.madison.com — MILWAUKEE -- Gov. Scott Walker told educators Friday he doesn't favor the creation of academic review boards to judge school performance and that the state shouldn't sanction schools. Both are key pieces of competing Assembly and Senate bills intended to overhaul the way Wisconsin schools are measured and rated.
Jan 25, 2015

RT @MollyBeckWSJ: ICYMI: Assembly accountability bill author removing charter conversion as only sanction for low-performing publics. host.madison.com/news/local/edu…

Jan 25, 2015

ICYMI: Assembly accountability bill author removing charter conversion as only sanction for low-performing publics. host.madison.com/news/local/edu…

Jan 23, 2015

RT @LarryGallup: Death panels for public schools? @WiStateJournal Scott Walker not in favor of academic review boards bit.ly/1zE5cNV

This year's state budget shortfall could grow to $283 million; $2 billion hole for 2015-17

host.madison.com — The state faces a $283 million shortfall for the fiscal year that ends June 30 and a roughly $2 billion budget hole for 2015-17, new state estimates show. This current year deficit grew by about $151.3 million from the $132.1 million estimated by Gov. Scott Walker's administration in November, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
Jan 23, 2015

Doh! RT @MollyBeckWSJ This year's state budget shortfall could grow to $283 million; $2 billion hole for 2015-17 host.madison.com/news/local/gov…

Sen. Tammy Baldwin defends actions in Tomah VA investigation

host.madison.com — MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Sen. Tammy Baldwin is responding to an accusation that she didn't do enough to bring attention to overprescription of opiates at the VA Medical Center in Tomah. Baldwin's office received a report on the problems in August from the Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general.

Tech and Biotech: Murfie partners with Samsung; Barbouche tosses barbs at JPMorgan conference

host.madison.com — Madison online music marketplace Murfie has raised $876,000 from investors, but that's only part of the story. CEO Matt Younkle says the funding round is still in progress - he's hoping to close on as much as $1.25 million by the end of March - and that means federal rules limit how much he can say about the financing, yet.
Jan 23, 2015

Murfie gets more exposure with Samsung; Barbouche gives his take on JP Morgan conf; PerBlue adds exec from Flu. bit.ly/15ymT4r

Veteran GOP strategist with Iowa ties joins Scott Walker campaign team

host.madison.com — Gov. Scott Walker's campaign team has brought on David Polyansky, a veteran Republican strategist with Iowa ties. The news was first reported Friday by the Des Moines Register. Walker and campaign spokesman Tom Evenson confirmed that Polyansky had joined Team Walker on Friday.
Jan 23, 2015

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Overseas 'fiance' scams Madison woman out of $1,600

host.madison.com — Finding true love can be costly, especially if the love of your life steals more than your heart. A Madison woman found that out the hard way, sending $1,600 to a man she met online before he scared her into thinking she was committing a crime and she went to the police.

Wisconsin high school grad rates among best in the US, study says

host.madison.com — Wisconsin high school students graduate at a rate higher than students in most states in the country and have been for the past three years, according to data released on Friday. The National Center for Education Statistics said the graduation rate in the Badger State for the 2012-13 school year was 88.0 percent, tied for second in the country with Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Texas.

Scott Walker not in favor of academic review boards

host.madison.com — MILWAUKEE -- Gov. Scott Walker told educators Friday he doesn't favor the creation of academic review boards to judge school performance and that the state shouldn't sanction schools. Both are key pieces of competing Assembly and Senate legislation intended to overhaul the ways Wisconsin schools are measured and rated.
Jan 23, 2015

Scott Walker at odds with key provisions of school accountability bills host.madison.com/news/local/edu…

Gov. Scott Walker rejects Kenosha casino project

host.madison.com — Gov. Scott Walker has rejected the Kenosha casino project. Walker announced Friday that he had informed the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of his decision. "After a comprehensive review of the potential economic impact of the proposed Kenosha casino project, the risk to the state's taxpayers is too great," Walker said.

Enbridge may offer tar sands spill insurance in Dane County

host.madison.com — Enbridge Energy is talking about offering concessions to Dane County officials who want the oil pipeline giant to purchase extra insurance in case of a spill like the one that cost $1.2 billion and took four years to clean up in Michigan.