Gov. Scott Walker calls a special legislative session - the second of his term - to focus on job and economic development. Walker says he wants the Legislature "focused like a laser beam on jobs."
Gov. Walker shuffles his staff to prepare for a possible recall campaign next year. Keith Gilkes, Walker's chief of staff, leaves the administration to head Walker's campaign staff. Eric Schutt, Walker's chief deputy, takes over as chief of staff. "He's taking the chance of a recall very seriously," UW-Milwaukee political science professor Mordecai Lee tells the Wisconsin State Journal. Now all Walker's opponents need is a candidate and more than 500,000 signatures.
The Badgers host the 8th-ranked University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, who make their Big 10 debut. While thousands of Cornhusker fans travel to Madison, the Badgers dominate on the field with a 48-17 victory.
Nebraska defensive end Chase Rome, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman, allegedly smashes a paper towel dispenser at the Madison airport. He is ticketed by Dane County deputies and disciplined by his coaches.
Jerome and Pleasant Frautschi finally unveil long-rumored plans for 100 block of State Street, adjacent to the Overture Center. The $10 million proposal calls for demolishing several buildings and replacing them with a restaurant, office building and courtyard. It would preserve some of the building faades.
A public hearing on a proposed charter school for minority students in Madison shows that people are divided on whether it should move forward. See Nathan Comp's report on TheDailyPage.com.
28-year-old Peter Bradish of Lodi allegedly takes heroin, then crashes his car into the front of a Madison Metro bus that is stopped at a light on East Washington Avenue. Bradish is taken to the hospital, but no one else is seriously injured. The accident continues a trend of people driving under the influence of opiates.
The Reason Foundation, a free-market think tank, recommends Wisconsin phase in toll roads over the next three decades, to modernize its highway system. Instead of booths and people, the Foundation recommends a high-tech system of cameras and automatic sensors.
Former Gov. Tommy Thompson announces that he has filed statement of candidacy papers to run for U.S. Senate. He still has not formally announced he's running for the seat of Sen. Herb Kohl, who is not seeking reelection next year.
Mayor Paul Soglin unveils a $250.4 million operating budget for 2012, which calls for a 3.2% increase in property taxes.
Responding to a report of a domestic dispute, Middleton police shoot a man who allegedly points a shotgun at them at his apartment on South Avenue. The man's identity and condition were not immediately available.
Madison Police set up signs warning of an "MPD Drug Enforcement Zone Ahead" on East Washington Avenue from First Street to the Interstate. According to Madison.com, the move is in response to a growing heroin epidemic. The aim is to try to prevent the purchase and use of the drug along the street.
Compiled (in part) from local media.