Thursday, March 16
Weeks after finding elevated lead levels in drinking fountains at six Madison schools, the Madison school district expands lead testing to all district buildings and is sampling water from more than just drinking fountains, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. Results will be analyzed by the State Laboratory of Hygiene.
Tuesday, March 21
For the first time since 1979, the state Supreme Court releases a decision (a 3-3 tie in a dispute between a cargo company’s co-owners) without identifying how the justices voted, the AP reports. Justice Shirley Abrahamson writes a concurrence criticizing the move, but she doesn’t reveal the vote breakdown.
Older, low-income adults in Wisconsin would pay thousands more for health care under the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a report from progressive activist group Citizen Action of Wisconsin.
Madison Police Chief Mike Koval is seeking reimbursement for the nearly $22,000 in legal fees he spent defending himself against misconduct complaints filed by Sharon Irwin, the grandmother of Tony Robinson. A resolution on the matter will be referred to the city’s Board of Estimates.
Wednesday, March 22
A body is discovered floating in Lake Wingra. The deceased is a man in his 50s, and his clothing was found on a nearby pier, police say. No foul play is suspected.
Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold launches a new group, LegitAction, that will advocate for abolishing the Electoral College, protecting voter rights, reforming campaign finance and protecting the independence of the U.S. Supreme Court.