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Thursday, February 29, 2024

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Madison's East Side remains underwater a week after storms delivered historic rainfall to the city. Now, some students are entering the year with flooded apartments on their list of back-to-school stressors. 

Tenant rights surface after flooding

Dealing with nuance flooding becomes even more complicated when you live in a rental property. Teresa Mundo-Prado, program director for the Wisconsin Tenant Resource Center, shared advice on everything from working with city inspectors to filing for rent abatement for students who have been impacted by the flooding.

Downtown Madison, WI

Madison’s development plans hinge on affordable housing, transportation

Madison has a new plan for its future following the Common Council’s decision to adopt the City of Madison Comprehensive Plan in their meeting on August 7, a process over two years in the making. The 159 page plan, created by the city’s planning department, will attempt to shape the city’s development through the year 2040, by which time the city estimates 70,000 new people will call Madison home.

Police apprehended a suspect early Friday morning after he reportedly fired a shot in a downtown parking garage.

Man arrested after firing gun near State Street

Madison Police Department arrested a man early Friday morning following reports he fired a gun in a downtown parking garage. The shooting, witnessed by a private security guard, occurred after three people approached the suspect’s car in the State Street Campus Garage and appeared to have a conversation, according to an MPD incident report. As they walked away from his car, the suspect fired a shot and sped out of the garage, taking out a parking ramp stop arm in the process. Police officers near the garage heard the shot and used surveillance cameras to obtain the license plate number.

The Madison Metropolitan School District will use a state grant of nearly a million dollars to improve school safety programs.

Madison schools receive state funds for school safety programs

The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) received nearly a million dollars in grants from the state to advance school safety programs, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced last Wednesday. The state awarded over $1.9 million in grant money to 19 school districts, with Madison schools taking $993,033.

Former UW-Madison student Alec Cook will serve three years in prison after pleading guilty to five felonies which he committed during his time at UW-Madison. 

Cook receives three years in prison for sex crimes

Alec Cook, a former UW-Madison student convicted of sexual assault, was sentenced to three years in prison with an additional eight years of probation Thursday, far less than the maximum 40-year sentence sought by the prosecution. Cook was arrested in October 2016 after a female student accused him of sexually assaulting her in her apartment.

Our Lives

Madison’s LGBT magazine office vandalized, publisher suspects hate crime

Last Friday, the staff of the magazine Our Lives, a Madison-based publication focusing on the city’s LGBTQ+ community, arrived at their office to discover a rock had been thrown through the glass door. Nothing had been stolen and there were no signs that anyone attempted to enter the office, which led the magazine’s publisher Patrick Farabaugh to suspect they had been subjected to targeted vandalism. “There’s no way you can say that this is random,” Farabaugh said.

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