Media Digest October 3, 2017

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An allocation of $76 million in the budget means a long-debated jail project will proceed along West Dotty Street. Education

Madison public schools expanded a program that serves LGTBQ youth and their educators, Welcoming Schools. State high school ACT scores remained steady in the past year, according to a report.  Student loan debt was in the news this week after state Democratic lawmakers criticized the legislature for not doing enough to reduce debt. Meanwhile, people raised in Madison detailed just how much student debt they took on to reach their career goals. Development

A new Goodwill thrift store opened in a former Kohl’s on the Northside, part of a push to expand the brand around South-Central Wisconsin. Centro Hispano, a South-Park-Street group serving the Latino population, will be renovated for free through a program that helps non-profits.

Madison residents weigh-in on proposals to create a greener city

The Sustainable Madison Committee met on September 27 to gather public comments for a renewable energy and zero emission plan for the Madison area. The meeting took place on Central Library’s third floor at 6 p.m. in order to promote the project and begin taking public comments in-person. Sustainable Madison Committee chair Raj Shukla gave opening remarks for the meeting, titled “What Does A 100% Renewable Energy Madison Look Like To You?” which also featured a presentation from WKOW-TV meteorologist Bob Lindmeier on the effects of climate change. Public comments at the event focused on three areas: reducing energy usage, renewable energy, and transportation’s role in a greener Madison. Citizens presented ideas including supplementing green energy with nuclear power, increasing knowledge of cycling traffic and safety rules, and implementing an electrical multiple unit rail system.