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Middleton considers 'open data' for increased transparency

host.madison.com — With an eye toward increasing transparency and participation in the city budgeting process, Middleton officials are exploring the possibility of creating an "open data" portal on the city's website. The City Council on Tuesday will consider a $15,000 pilot project with Socrata, a Seattle-based software company that helps municipalities convert data into easily digestible charts and graphs that track government spending, performance measures, police reports and other information.

Two bodies found in Adams County fire had gunshot wounds

host.madison.com — Authorities are further investigating the deaths of two people in a town of Big Flats fire Friday after both bodies were found with gunshot wounds, the Adams County Sheriff's Office said. Investigators believe Frank Krueger, 62, lit fire to a mobile home, a vehicle, a camper and several out-buildings on the property where he lived before shooting himself Friday afternoon, the sheriff's office said.

Verona prepares to cash out Epic Systems TIF district for estimated $21.2M

host.madison.com — Fourteen years after Verona created a special tax district to lure Epic Systems Corp. out of Madison, city officials are preparing to close the district ahead of schedule - a move that could net the site's taxing jurisdiction more than $21 million next year.

Verona prepares to cash out Epic TIF district for estimated $21.2M

host.madison.com — Fourteen years after Verona created a special tax district to lure Epic Systems Corp. out of Madison, city officials are preparing to close the district ahead of schedule - a move that could net the site's taxing jurisdiction more than $21 million next year.

UW-Madison police find no evidence to support alleged sexual assault near Memorial Union

host.madison.com — UW-Madison Police have found no evidence to substantiate a report of a sexual assault near Memorial Union earlier this month. Investigators looking into the reported April 8 incident used 44 minutes of surveillance video to track the alleged victim's movement from a Downtown bar to a location where she was found by police and found no evidence an assault took place, the department said Friday.

UW-Madison police: no evidence of sexual assault

host.madison.com — UW-Madison police have found no evidence to substantiate a sexual assault that allegedly happened near Memorial Union earlier this month. Investigators looking into an April 8 incident used 44 minutes of surveillance video to track the alleged victim's movement from a Downtown bar to a location where she was found by police and found no evidence an assault took place, the department said Friday.

Oregon weighing TIF for business relocation, hotel

host.madison.com — An Oregon installer of pools and spas is asking the village to help finance its relocation and expansion. Jeff Kjelland, owner of Recreational Concepts Inc., met with the Village Board on Monday to discuss whether the village would be willing to provide tax increment financing (TIF) for a possible relocation of his business.

Spectrum Brands announces expansion after Middleton approves $700,000 in public financing

host.madison.com — Spectrum Brands, maker of Rayovac batteries, Remington shavers and George Foreman grills, plans to expand its Middleton headquarters with the help of $700,000 in public financing. Middleton's City Council on Tuesday granted conceptual approval for tax increment financing (TIF) to help the company expand the less than 3-year-old building.

Spectrum Brands announces expansion after Middleton approves public financing

host.madison.com — Spectrum Brands, maker of Rayovac batteries, Remington shavers and George Foreman grills, plans to expand its Middleton headquarters with the help of $700,000 in public financing. Middleton's City Council on Tuesday granted conceptual approval for tax increment financing (TIF) to help the company expand the less than 3-year-old building.

Students spar over 'Jesus Lunch' in Middleton

host.madison.com — Biblical messages were replaced by chanting and yelling as growing turbulence over weekly "Jesus Lunch" events held outside Middleton High School spilled over into the luncheon itself. Hundreds of students congregated in Fireman's Park Tuesday to either partake in the faith-based luncheon or to spar with fellow students over what some perceive as an encroachment of religion into public schools.
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Apr 29, 2016

@msommerhauser That's an invasive species I could live with.

Apr 29, 2016

I can't wait for the unveiling of the national marsupial. twitter.com/washingtonpost…

Apr 27, 2016

RT @TheEconomist: The world's most murderous places: four US cities are keeping very poor company econ.st/1MYGwrw pic.twitter.com/aOM2rlyY7slyY7s

Apr 27, 2016

RT @MollyBeck: Supreme Court Justice David Prosser announced today he will retire from the Wisconsin Supreme Court on July 31. #SCOWIS #wipoliticslitics

Apr 27, 2016

Hey everybody, meet @HaleHansen, the @WiStateJournal's new intern who hails from the land of Prince. She'll be joining us mid-May.

Apr 27, 2016

@MollyBeck Well, not really unfortunate. But it would sure be a nice coincidence if it were used for bladder cancer.

Apr 27, 2016

Unfortunately purple is already claimed for pancreatic cancer awareness.Unfortunately purple is already claimed for pancreatic cancer awareness.

Apr 27, 2016

Prince paid off $90,000 in Clyde Stubblefield's medical bills related to bladder cancer via @ARTSwsj host.madison.com/wsj/entertainm…

Apr 27, 2016

ICYMI: @St_Verburg has the latest in the Fitchburg utility expansion lawsuit and settlement: host.madison.com/wsj/news/local…


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