Gov. Jim Doyle picks Madison Ald. Zach Brandon to be an executive assistant in the state Department of Commerce. Brandon, 35, says he will resign his council seat to focus on the new job.
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz taps Bill Clingan to lead the city's new Community Development Division. Clingan had previously been named head of Community and Economic Development, but withdrew last year after the business community protested his lack of business experience. Cieslewicz then split the position into two. The mayor is still looking for a business development director.
Gov. Jim Doyle says the state should stop burning coal in its two energy plants in Madison. Doyle says he will propose in the next budget to convert the Charter Street Power Plant and the Capitol Heat and Power Plant to an alternative fuel.
In a front-page story, the Wisconsin State Journal reports that people with a severe form of sleep apnea "are three times more likely to die from any cause than those without the condition." Um, isn't the mortality rate for those without the condition 100%?
Robert Doucette, 30, and Samuel Lemanski, 20, both of Madison, are arrested after attempting to rob Eastgate Cinemas. The would-be robbers are foiled by cinema staff and moviegoers, including one off-duty sheriff's deputy, who hold the suspects until police arrive.
State officials announce the emerald ash borer has been found in Wisconsin. The beetle, which has killed more than 12 million ash trees in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio, is discovered in Ozaukee County, near Milwaukee.
UW-Madison researchers win an $8.9 million, five-year federal grant to study embryonic stem cells.
Former Madison news anchor Tedd O'Connell, 69, dies of cancer at his home in Green Bay. O'Connell was on WISC-TV (Channel 3) from 1974 to 1989.
Jon Foley, founder and director of the UW-Madison Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment, announces he will leave the UW to become director of a new environmental institute at the University of Minnesota. Foley attributes his decision in part on the Legislature's lack of support for the UW.
The Madison Common Council approves a resolution to ask the state Department of Natural Resources to review the city's lake levels over concerns of potential flooding. The council also opposed a proposal by American Transmission Co. to build an above-ground, 345-kilovolt power line along the Beltline. The power line must be approved by the state Public Service Commission.
Jeremiah Hoefle, 20, of Waunakee, tells police he took a "wrong turn" when he drove off the road and into Lake Mendota. Police tentatively charge him with drunk driving and underage drinking.
Compiled from local media