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The Dane County Airport is set to be the new home of the state’s largest solar panel installation.
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Dane County airport set to develop 41 acres for solar energy

The Dane County Regional Airport released Monday seeking proposals for a new solar development plan which, when implemented, will be the second largest in the state. The development will include 41 acres of land and will have the ability to generate 8 megawatts of power, about three times the power of the largest solar plant in the region: a 2.25 megawatt facility in Beloit. “Given its role in sustaining and growing our local economy, we think the Dane County Regional Airport is a perfect fit for this bold project,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in a release. This will be the fourteenth Dane County solar installation and the county hopes it will help the region remain a leader in sustainable energy. “Dane County has been leading the state in generating cleaner renewable homegrown energy,” Parisi said. The facility is still seeking approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and will be the third installation on the Dane County Airport campus, although the new development will be 80 times larger than the existing installations. The expansion of the airports solar installations is the latest in the county’s effort to expand renewable energy.


The Vending Oversight Committee recommended that by 2023, all late night food vendors be moved to Library Mall rather than be phased out completely. 
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“We only sell food”: Vendors oppose proposal to eliminate late-night food carts

Members of the city’s Vending Oversight Committee were met with harsh reactions Wednesday night when they took up a proposal to phase out late night food carts. Opponents of the proposal argue food carts are consistently and unfairly the targets of reforms that are rooted in overconsumption of alcohol. Mario Armenta, one of the four current late night vendors, doesn’t know what would happen if the vendors were forced to shut down.


Seven Dane County affordable housing projects were awarded tax credits that, when combined, totaled more than $3 million. 
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State tax credits awarded to seven Dane County affordable housing projects

Seven Dane County projects that will encourage development of housing for low-income individuals and families received millions in state tax credits this week. The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, which awarded a total of $13.4 million to projects across the state, announced Tuesday that it will give $3.4 million in low-income housing tax credits for these projects.


Dane County leaders called on state and federal legislators Monday to enact new gun reform legislation.
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Local leaders call on state and federal government for action on gun reform

In a press conference with Madison public officials, students and educators, Gov. Scott Walker and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan were called on to make a difference in the push to pass new gun legislation. Jennifer Cheatham, superintendent of the Madison public schools, stressed the importance of student safety in schools, saying “we demand action because school safety is not a political issue, it is only about keeping our children safe.” Cheatham also emphasized the value of keeping the conversation of gun reform alive in Madison schools.


More than 150 activists gathered at the capitol Saturday to protest the decline of union power across Wisconsin. 
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State activists gather at Capitol steps Saturday to fight for worker’s rights

Over 150 people converged on the Capitol Square Saturday afternoon for the Working People’s Day of Action, a rally organized by the Madison wing of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Protesters crowded the steps of the Capitol building overlooking State Street, many holding signs from local unions with slogans like “Stop the War on Workers” and “Unrig the System.” Some held banners for other progressive groups like the International Socialist Organization and the Poor People’s Campaign.


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. 
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Cook pleads guilty to five criminal charges

Former UW-Madison student Alec Cook pleaded guilty to five criminal charges Wednesday as a part of a plea deal agreed to earlier in the week. The charges were three counts of third degree sexual assault, one count of strangulation and suffocation and one count of stalking.



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