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Night Reporter — Wisconsin State Journal

Evening general assignment/suburbs reporter for @WiStateJournal, @DrakeUniversity alumnus. I love tweeting about baseball, falafel and Prince Rogers Nelson.

Landmarks Commission again rejects Monroe Street development — A revised plan for an apartment and retail building along Monroe Street was again deemed inappropriate by the Madison Landmarks Commission Monday. The commission voted 4-0 that a revised proposal from Patrick Properties' for a four story, 41,000-square-foot building at the at the corner of Monroe and Glenway streets would still be large enough to adversely affect the historic integrity of the neighboring landmark site.

Just Ask Us: When was the Vilas Park speed skating track last used? — Vilas Park has a sign marking a speed-skating track. When was the track last used? Speed skating has become a rare sight at Vilas Park in recent years. A 333-meter oval was once a staple of the park's west lagoon, but inconsistent winters in recent years led the track's main tenant, Madison Speed Skating Club, to other venues for practices.

Paul Soglin, Scott Resnick spar over homelessness, technology — Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and challenger Ald. Scott Resnick again traded barbs over issues of homelessness, tax increment financing loans and technology in a Sunday candidate forum. Soglin and Resnick met in a forum hosted by East Side Progessives at the Lake Edge Lutheran Church.

Focus on Dane County: Monona eyes mid-July launch for radio station

City Council approves hotel just off Capitol Square — A revised proposal for a large Downtown hotel gained City Council approval amid criticism from historic preservationists and Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts. Council members voted 13-7 to approve North Central Group's plan for a 164-room Mariott AC hotel just off the Capitol Square at the corner of East Washington Avenue and North Webster Street.

Minority advocates urge more inclusion in Dane County Jail study — Members of Dane County's black community are asking for more input into an effort aimed at studying racial disparities and mental health shortcomings in the jail system. The County Board's Public Protection Committee and the Judiciary and Health and Human Needs Committee held a joint public hearing on draft resolution Tuesday that was heavily attended by members of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition.

Dane County demands improvement plan from operator of troubled Waunakee manure digester — Dane County officials are giving the operator of a spill-prone manure digester near Waunakee 30 days to present a plan to bring the facility into compliance with state regulations. The county's attorney office sent a letter to Clear Horizons, the digester's Milwaukee-based operator, on Friday stating that if a compliance plan is not met, the county will consider the company in violation of both its leases for the county-owned facility.

Soglin, Resnick schedule first debate — Mayor Paul Soglin and challenger Scott Resnick will meet March 2 in their first one-on-one debate since prevailing in last Tuesday's primary. The debate, hosted by The Cap Times, will last from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room 302 of the Madison Public Library's Central Branch, 201 W. Mifflin St.

Unions begin right-to-work pushback, but size of protests uncertain — As legislative Republicans plan to fast-track a right-to-work bill to Gov. Scott Walker's desk beginning this week, Wisconsin's labor unions are preparing to push back. Labor organizations including the AFL-CIO and AFSCME used Faceboook and email to send out thousands of invitations to noon rallies Tuesday and Wednesday at the Capitol.

Focus on Dane County: United Vaccines eyes move to Verona — A Fitchburg company that makes mink vaccines used by fur farmers could move to Verona with as much as $700,000 in public financing incentives. United Vaccines is negotiating with Verona city staff to build a laboratory on a six-acre site in the Verona Technology Park at the southeast corner of highways PB and M.
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Mar 04, 2015

RT @MitchRosen670: Cubs talked to Brewers about playing entire season in Milwaukee to speed up renovation project. Crane Kenney live on @670TheScore now.

Mar 04, 2015

A caller who doesn't leave his phone number in a voice mail is very upset with me for not calling him back. Hmmm.

Mar 03, 2015

RT @bgodar: Madison City Council approves 0.75% pay increase for about 1,500 city employees, upping the 1.5% previously budgeted

Mar 03, 2015

There are very bored Boy Scouts at this City Council meeting.

Mar 03, 2015

@MajesticMadison Any plans to bring Atlas Sound back after that cancellation?

Mar 03, 2015

@bgodar I'm always tempted to try that one, but I'm slightly a creature of habit. Next time!

Mar 03, 2015

If you didn't already know this, the oatmeal raisin cookies at @barriques might be the greatest thing in Madison.

Mar 01, 2015

Couldn't tweet the Soglin/Resnick #MadisonMayor forum tonight because of wifi. But here's a summary:…

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