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Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Brandon Brown


Required mental health training for 911 responders could be on deck in Dane County

County officials are weighing whether to make room in next year’s budget for providing mental health crisis intervention training to 911 dispatchers in the area. The plan would allocate additional funding to conducting the mental health training for dispatchers, led by the Dane County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “One way to limit the jail population is to divert those with mental health issue from the criminal justice system,” said Dane County Supervisor Paul Rusk.


A cheat sheet for attending Freakfest

Each October, Freakfest takes over downtown Madison — here’s what you need to know before the event takes place Saturday. The Madison Police Department will deploy about 300 officials, including special event staff and university police, Central District Police Captain Jason Freedman said at a Thursday press conference. Additionally, all firearms and any item that security or police may see as dangerous are prohibited, according to the event’s website.


Nearly nine percent of MMSD students are at risk of not graduating high school, data shows

The Madison Metropolitan School District is making moves this year to help students in grades five through 12 succeed, after recent data showed nearly nine percent of students in the district are at risk of not graduating high school. Though Wisconsin law requires each district to submit a list of at-risk students and a developed plan to help them every year, MMSD officials couldn’t say the last time they turned in a plan, according to the Capital Times. Originally, MMSD would send a single letter to the parents or guardians of at-risk students, but the new plan could allow schools to work with individual students and their families for the best solutions.


International energy conference in Madison scrapped after speakers denied visas

An international energy conference scheduled to be held in Madison this month has been cancelled after the Trump administration denied several key Africa-based presenters visas to enter the country. The US-Africa Energy Summit 2017, organized by the UW-Platteville International Business Center, was set to take place at Monona Terrace Sept.18 and 19.

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