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There are an estimated 2 million ash trees in Dane County. As more of them are killed by the emerald ash borer invasion, the devastation will be impossible to ignore. more

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It’s the Wisconsin idea in action — a group of Madisonians is coming together to help build a school in Kenya that will serve as a refuge for girls who escape child marriage. more

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Todd Hubler

A bill working its way through the state legislature would overhaul the regulatory system for taxicabs, which has traditionally been left to cities and towns. But even cab companies are split on the legislation. more

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Two Dane County judges have ruled that the state Department of Corrections cannot deduct more than 25 percent of inmates’ trust funds. But a prisoner rights activist says the rulings have had little effect. more

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Madison is stepping up enforcement on unregistered Airbnbs. Some landlords, like photographer Andy Manis, had no idea their tenants were booking rooms on the popular website. more

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Forty nonprofits will compete in “draft” for at about 70 potential board members in Dane County’s first event. more

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After the mass shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, one of the victims reached out to a former white supremacist for answers to why this happened. They formed a friendship and a nonprofit to combat hatred. more

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For 100 years, The Capital Times has strived to be “a people’s paper.” A loving history of the publication shows why it’s worth celebrating. more

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Todd Hubler

The Madison Police Department was hoping to add 15 officers in 2018. But after losing out on federal grant money, it’s not clear whether the city will put any new cops on the beat. more

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A study from UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds testing mindfulness-based training on Madison police officers shows promise in reducing job-related stress among cops. more

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Michael Matheson

Gov. Scott Walker’s budget cuts benefits for thousands of couples in domestic partnerships. The budget will also bar additional same-gender couples from joining the statewide domestic partner registry to receive inheritance, hospital visitation and o more

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Carolyn Fath

After numerous delays, the city of Madison and Chicago-based Baum Development are about to close on the sale of the Garver Feed Mill. But the project still has a long way to go. more

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Todd Hubler

After a record 11 homicides in 2017, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin wants 18 new high resolution cameras installed to catch “people who are firing guns.” more

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Winnebago Studios is getting torn down this spring to make way for a new housing development. But unlike some gentrification stories, this one might have a happy ending for the soon-to-be displaced artists. more

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City council member Maurice Cheeks was reelected with over 80 percent of the vote. So why did his campaign spend a near-record breaking amount? more

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David Michael Miller

Mayor Paul Soglin says Madison is being hit with a deluge of “horrendous” legislation from the state and the feds. Don’t say Soglin didn’t warn you. He probably had a press conference about it. more

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Every year, the Madison Police Department is forced to sell or dump hundreds of bikes that have been lost or stolen. Some police employees thought it would be nice if they could give away those bikes to people in need. more

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Brett Stepanik

On Sept. 19, Dr. Doug Kramer, 72, joined forces with Dr. Andrés Martin to help raise money for Break the Cycle, a non-profit Martin founded last year to help draw attention to what he describes as a “huge public health mess.” more

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Lauren Justice

The UW-Madison’s Trans Research Lab has no physical space, a budget that consists only of grant money, and only recently launched a website. Nevertheless, the lab is pioneering transgender studies and attracting researchers to the university. more

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Dylan Brogan

Debate over what to do with Dane County’s outdated jail has dragged on for years. But condo owners in the historic Baskerville building say the $75 million plan to add floors to the Public Safety Building will leave them in the shadows — literally. more

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