President Obama nominates former state Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler, ousted by voters in 2008, to be a U.S. District judge. Butler will replace Judge John Shabaz, a Reagan appointee.
Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk proposes a budget that hikes property taxes 7.6% despite a $2.7 million cut in spending - including a 3% pay cut that has yet to be approved by unions.
Chicago loses its bid for the 2016 Olympics, a blow to local officials who hoped to cash in on public works projects. But with Rio de Janeiro winning the bid, perhaps we'll get a high-speed rail line to Brazil.
Gov. Jim Doyle announces that a high-speed rail line from Milwaukee to Madison will cost $50 million more than originally expected, to a new total of $652 million.
Brian Benson, 43, from Sun Prairie is charged with sixth-offense drunk driving after being stopped on Highway 51 near Highway 30. Dude, is it that hard to take a cab?
Supporters of legalizing marijuana for medical use rally at the Capitol in support of the Jacki Rickert Medical Marijuana Act, which if approved would make Wisconsin the 14th state to legalize pot for medical purposes. Rickert, the founder of Is My Medicine Legal Yet?, tells the gathering, "I'm alive because of cannabis."
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz proposes a $240 million budget for 2010, including a 3.8% hike in taxes and a slight spending increase.
Jordan E. Helgerson, 24, is charged with accidentally shooting himself and his girlfriend, 20-year-old Amanda Ludois, on Sept. 19. Helgerson allegedly came home "pretty wasted" and started playing with his handgun. Ludois heard a loud noise, felt pain and saw blood on the wall - the bullet penetrated Helgerson's hand and grazed Ludois. Doctors told Ludois she was "very lucky." Presumably, they were not referring to her luck in boyfriends.
A robber punches an employee taking out the trash at Open Pantry, 2201 S. Park St. The robber demands money; the employee only has $1, which the robber takes. Times are tough for everyone.
Marathon County Judge Vincent Howard sentences Dale and Leilani Neumann - convicted of second-degree homicide over the March 2008 death of their daughter - to a month a year in jail for six years, and two years' probation. The couple prayed over the 11-year-old girl instead of seeking medical attention; she died of a treatable form of diabetes. "God probably works through other people," the judge tells them, "some of them doctors."
The Madison Breastfeeding Promotion Network presents awards to four individuals and groups for their efforts to promote breastfeeding. Among the honorees: The Dane County airport, for being a "breastfeeding-friendly public place."
Compiled (in part) from local media