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POLCO, a startup that “improves civic engagement by connecting the members of the community with their local representatives on active policy proposals,” was this year’s Pressure Chamber winner, a competition in which a number of companies pitch their ideas in front of out-of-state investors, business executives and a live audience.

Madison startups showcase their ideas in Silicon Valley

Five emerging Madison startups met with prominent venture capital firms in Silicon Valley this week in an exclusive delegation led by The Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce. “Our economic momentum is real, and it is important that we continue to tell the Greater Madison’s story as a world-class place to build and invest,” said Chamber President Zach Brandon in a release.

Women who are between the ages 45 and 64, with certain incomes, are eligible for the tests, and the nearest clinic to campus is the UW Health location.

Free breast cancer screenings in Madison

Free breast exams, mammograms and other diagnostic health tests will be available for free to certain women at 22 clinics in Dane County. “Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers in women and is the second most common cause of death from cancer,” Public Health Madison-Dane County Public Information Officer Jeff Golden said in a press release.

An MPD officer was sent to the hospital following an altercation that broke out around 12:06 a.m. Sunday on University Avenue.

Party bus visitors send MPD officer to hospital

A man with a group of people who got off a party bus early Sunday morning sent a Madison Police Department officer to the hospital with an arm injury after the man threw him to the ground. “The man who attacked her was with a group of people who got off of a party bus, and were carrying plastic cups containing alcohol,” MPD Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain wrote in an incident report.


Langdon Street assault appears to be ‘random act of violence’

A 26-year-old Madison woman was assaulted on Langdon Street Oct. 9 at 1:20 a.m. by four to five suspects. The victim had been walking with her friend on the 200 block of Langdon Street when she was attacked from behind by a small group of women. “She was pulled to the ground where she curled up in a fetal position while being kicked and stomped,” Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Joel DeSpain wrote in an incident report. “The woman suffered bruises to her head and was checked out by [Madison Fire Department] paramedics.” A private security guard who witnessed the attack was able to alert nearby Guardian Angels, a group of unarmed citizen patrols who, according to their Facebook page, work “hand in hand with the government and law enforcement to restore and maintain safety.” The security guard and Guardian Angels chased the attackers away from the victim, and caught three of the five suspects, according to the incident report.

The likelihood of contracting the West Nile Virus, spread by mosquitoes, is low, but public health officials are encouraging residents to be cautious after two cases were discovered.

West Nile Virus found in Dane County

Two Dane County residents have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, the first two of the season in the county and the third and fourth in Wisconsin. The disease, which is not spread from person to person, is contracted when an infected mosquito bites an individual.

Soglin’s proposal includes a $15 minimum wage for all city employees.

Soglin announces proposal for 2017 budget

In an attempt to tackle issues such as recidivism, racial disparities and violence in Madison, Mayor Paul Soglin announced a $299.5 million operating budget proposal Tuesday. Highlights of the 2017 plan include a $15 minimum wage for all city employees, an overall pay increase for almost all employees and a $400,000 action plan focused on racial disparities. After years of debate between Soglin and the Common Council over a new Midtown police district and a Southeast side fire station, the new budget has put the projects on hold in order to limit increases in city spending.

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MPD arrests five in relation to McDivitt Road shooting

Madison Police Department officers received information Friday regarding several “persons of interest” that led to multiple people being taken into custody. Officers were told Friday several people were in the area of Hanson Road and Portage Road. “When officers stopped the vehicle multiple subjects fled into the nearby wooded area.

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Parisi announces 2017 budget proposal

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced his nearly $584 million 2017 budget Thursday, highlighting initiatives to combat homelessness, opiate use and mental health. Parisi created an initiative in his 2014 budget that brought mental health crisis teams to local schools to work with kids, parents and teachers.

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