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Tobacco sales to minor are occurring at the highest rate in 10 years, according to a study released Thursday.

Tobacco sales to Madison minors hit 10-year high

While national rates of smoking are steadily declining, a study released Thursday says the number of nicotine sales to minors in Madison is the highest since 2015. Almost one out of five Madison tobacco retailers willingly sold nicotine products to minors, according to the study, which was conducted by the Public Health Madison & Dane County and the Wisconsin Wins tobacco prevention program. Out of 208 tobacco retailers in Dane County given unannounced compliance checks by PHMDC, 19 percent of the establishments sold tobacco to underage volunteers who attempted to solicit illegal nicotine products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, loose tobacco and electronic cigarettes.

State Rep. Chris Taylor, D-Madison, attempted Tuesday to sway Dane County officials in support of a new bill requiring “de-escalation” training for Wisconsin police.

State representative touts police ‘de-escalation’ training bill to county officials

A state lawmaker representing the downtown and campus area is seeking support from county officials on a bill aimed at reducing deadly force by Wisconsin police officers. The legislation would require teaching “de-escalation” tactics at police departments, through officer training mandates focused on defusing encounters on the street and reserving lethal force as a last-resort measure. State Rep.

Policy changes announced by MPD Chief Mike Koval on Monday reaffirm the department’s resistance to take part in federal immigration enforcement, except in cases of serious crimes related to public safety.

Madison police update immigration policy amid Trump turmoil

Following a wave of contentious executive orders signed in Washington late last week calling for strict immigration law at both the federal and local level, Madison Police Department Chief Michael Koval announced on Monday two policy changes to how officers will approach immigration enforcement. The changes, including a new standard operating procedure and an updated code of conduct, say MPD will only probe immigration status in cases of serious crimes directly related to public safety, rather than for deportation purposes under Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a federal agency. “It is my hope that these changes will further affirm our commitment to providing qualitative services to ALL of our residents while also providing some measure of comfort that MPD will not be engaging in/with ICE in matters that are only concentrated on deportation,” Koval said in a blog post announcing the policy changes. Under the new standard operating procedure, MPD will only cooperate with ICE in immigration-related investigation or detainment when an individual is engaged in, or reasonably suspected of, terrorism or espionage, participating in a criminal street gang, arrested for any violent felony or is a previously deported felon.

Madison police and officials won’t change immigration policies under a newly signed executive order threatening federal funding cuts to sanctuary cities, Mayor Paul Soglin said Thursday.

Soglin says Madison won’t fold to federal funding threats

Despite federal funding threats, city officials and law enforcement will not target individuals based on immigration status, according to Madison Mayor Paul Soglin. The move is in sync with a band of mayors across the country, who are vowing to denounce an executive order imposing immigration ultimatums on local governments signed by President Donald Trump yesterday.

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Madison Water Utility to continue conservation program

Residents of Madison could earn $100 by trading in an old toilet for a newer models through a city water conservation program continuing this year. The toilet rebate program allows Madison Water Utility customers to earn credit toward water bills when they replace old toilets—that use a high amount of water—with more efficient ones.

Two high-profile sexual assault cases at UW-Madison last year have put pressure on Common Council candidates Zach Wood and John Terry Jr., who would represent campus in the coming term, to focus on issues like installing more street cameras around the city to curb crime.

UW College Democrats endorse incumbent for city council seat

The alderman currently representing campus in Madison’s city council secured on an endorsement for reelection from Tuesday from College Democrats of UW-Madison. The student organization will support incumbent Ald. Zach Wood, District 8, in the race against challenger John Terry Jr. for the council’s heavily student-populated district seat, which constitutes a large portion of downtown Madison.

With estimates of attendees between 75,000 and 100,000, the March on Madison drew in 41 percent of the city’s population on Saturday.

Madison Women’s March turnout among top in country

A digital strategy company says the march in Madison on Saturday had the second-highest ratio of city population who participated. The digital strategy company, Reverbal Communications, released an analysis Monday comparing percentage of city population to turn up at the top-10 largest marches.

A phone conman calling himself “Commander Hook from the Dane County Sheriff’s Department” scammed a Madison woman out of $1,500 Sunday.

Phone conman scams Madison woman, ‘boasts’ to MPD

A warrant is still out for a conman who calls himself “Commander Hook from the Dane County Sheriff’s Department Montello Unit,” Madison police said in a Monday incident report. The suspect scammed a 69-year-old woman out of more than $1000 in a phone call Sunday, according to Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain.

An area convenience store surveillance camera captured photographs of a suspect thought to be involved in a downtown Madison theft incident.

Madison police seek suspect in downtown theft incident

Madison Police Department is looking to identify a suspect thought to be involved in a January theft incident in downtown Madison. The suspect, believed to have taken cash, electronics and other items from a North Lake Street apartment, is described by Madison police as a black male around 6-feet tall and between 22 and 25 years old.

Madison police may close roads near State Street for Women’s March on Madison event Saturday.

State Street-area roads may close Saturday for women’s march

Streets around the Madison Capitol and intersecting with State Street may be closed by Madison police Saturday for an organized march where a large crowd is expected, according to city officials. The parade, Women’s March on Madison, is scheduled to march down State Street from noon until 3 p.m.

Mayor Paul Soglin said he agreed with those “speaking out and taking action" to remove monuments dedicated to the Confederacy.

Soglin: Republicans should reach across aisle under Trump

When the Trump administration officially takes office Friday, Republican legislatures should reciprocate calls on Democrats for national unity, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said at a Thursday press conference. Soglin said if Republicans—especially those who didn’t treat President Obama fairly during his eight years in office—are calling for unity under Trump; they also have to be open to working across the aisle. “There has to be reciprocity and consultation in consideration for the people in this country who do the work and not just for the rich and the influential,” Soglin said.

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