The Madison school district breaks ground on the new Vang Pao Elementary School on Madison's far west side. Taxpayers approved funding for the school, which will cost $12.9 million, but controversy still surrounds the school's namesake, a former Hmong military leader with alleged ties to drug trafficking.
Sens. Herb Kohl and Russ Feingold keep Wisconsin's SeniorCare prescription drug program alive through 2009 by tacking it on to the Iraq spending bill. The program, which was scheduled to end this year, provides cheap medications to low-income seniors.
The Transport 2020 Implementation Task Force officially chooses a commuter rail route. The line will run from Middleton to Sun Prairie, through downtown Madison. It will cost between $233 million and $285 million to build.
A judge sets a $100,000 cash bail for Daniel Kelly, 31, who is accused of shooting and killing 23-year-old Austin Bodahl on State Street. Police say Kelly, who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia, admitted shooting Bodahl.
Police respond to a melee outside a Middleton nightclub where witnesses says 10-15 men brandished knives, pipes and handguns. Police say the disturbance is gang-related.
Brat Fest, the annual celebration of Wisconsin's fave food, fails to break its own world record of 189,432 brats sold. Only 157,665 brats were sold, but organizers still deem it the best fest of the past 25 years, due in large part to the donation of 150,000 sausages by Johnsonville Brats. Proceeds benefit more than 70 local charities.
A naked woman is found near West Badger Road, apparently the victim of a sexual assault. Police later arrest John Conley, 25, of Madison, in connection with the attack.
A 12-year-old Madison boy falls 25 feet while hiking with a school group at Devil's Lake State Park. The boy is taken by helicopter to UW Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The Madison Ethics Board dismisses Ald. Zach Brandon's complaint against Mike Quieto, an election worker he accused of forging signatures on campaign finance reports. The board decides Quieto had permission from the Teaching Assistants' Association to sign its reports under the treasurer's name and that no ethics laws were violated.
Patrick Nowlin produces the winning $40 million Powerball ticket from the March 31 drawing. Nowlin bought his ticket at a convenience store in Stoughton. He chose a lump sum payment and will take home $13 million, after taxes.
Compiled from local media