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Concealed weapons are now allowed on Madison buses, including those on campus routes, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

State Supreme Court: concealed weapons OK on public buses, including campus

Passengers on Madison buses—including those serving the downtown and campus area—will be permitted to carry concealed weapons, following a state Supreme Court ruling Tuesday. In a 5-2 conclusion, the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed an appeals court decision to maintain a Madison Metro Transit policy that had stricter gun restrictions in place than those in current state law. Justice Daniel Kelly wrote the opinion for the majority.

Family and friends held a vigil Monday for Tony Robinson, an unarmed teenager fatally shot by a Madison police officer in 2015, to commemorate the anniversary of his death.

Discontent persists two years after officer shooting of Tony Robinson

Grief and anger were palpable as hundreds of friends, family and community members held a demonstration Monday night to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the death of Tony Robinson, a teenager shot and killed in 2015 by Madison Police Department Officer Matt Kenny. Family and friends still seeking justice Demonstrators chanted, “The whole damn system is guilty as hell, indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail,” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police,” as they marched from Madison East High School to the Social Justice Center—a block from where Robinson was shot.

State Superintendent and Democratic nominee for governor Tony Evers took shots at Gov. Scott Walker in his tenth annual State of Education address, calling for significant increases in state aid and financial support to schools and students.

Drinking fountains at six Madison schools test positive for lead

All six schools tested by Madison’s school district contain lead levels higher than the national standard for contamination in their drinking water. Water fountains at East High School, Sherman and Blackhawk Middle Schools and Gompers, Lowell and Lapham Elementary Schools, all on the city’s east side, contained lead amounts higher than 15 parts per billion, the Madison Metropolitan School District said Thursday.


Clerk’s office steps up election transparency

A newly available program that allows the public to access ballots cast in the last presidential race is making Dane County a pioneer in election transparency. The county clerk’s office is now disclosing every ballot cast from the November election to the public on its website, through the computer program Election Audit Central. “This was impossible a couple of years ago,” said Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell.

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Hughes ends Madison School Board re-election campaign

Incumbent Madison School Board member Ed Hughes announced Wednesday that he is ending his campaign for re-election to seat seven in order to be with his wife, who is ill. “Yesterday, we learned that my wife’s cancer has returned,” Hughes said in an email statement.

Police Chief Mike Koval expressed Friday MPD’s discontent with the historic settlement reached in the Tony Robinson case last week, highlighting that it should not be seen as an “admission of guilt.”

MPD chief: Tony Robinson settlement not ‘admission of guilt’

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval echoed the discontent of the city’s police union leaders, asserting that the $3.35 million settlement last week paid to the family of Tony Robinson by the city’s insurer was not an admission of guilt. The federal civil rights lawsuit was brought by the family of Tony Robinson, an unarmed teenager who was shot and killed after an altercation with Madison Police Department Officer Matt Kenny in March 2015.

Tuesday’s primary narrowed down candidates for two different Madison School Board races. Ali Muldrow and Kate Toews will compete for seat six; Ed Hughes and Nicki Vander Meulen will vie for seat seven.

Madison School Board candidates advance to general election

In Tuesday’s spring primary, candidate pools for two different Madison School Board seats were narrowed down to candidates who will advance to the general election. Madison School Board, Seat Six Ali Mudrow and Kate Toews are set to vie for seat six of Madison School Board in the upcoming general election, after defeating Cris Carusi in the spring primary Wednesday. Toews beat Carusi by a .3 percent margin, securing 30.2 percent of votes.

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