Madison Commons Media Digest, July 21, 2019

Heat Wave

Cause of MGE substation explosion still unknown, businesses regroup, Shelley K. Mesch, Wisconsin State Journal, July 21.

Thousands without power after fire cripples MGE facilities, Abigail Becker, Brianna Reilly, Natalie Yahr, Lisa Speckhard Pasque, Steven Elbow;  Mayor applauds emergency response, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, July 20.

Photos: Explosion and fire in Downtown Madison, Steve Apps and Kyle Jensen, WSJ, July 20.

Video: Transformer explosion,

Excessive heat warning in effect for Southern Wisconsin, Bill Novak, WSJ, July 19.

Deadly heat waves to soar in Wisconsin without climate change action, Chris Hubbuch, WSJ, July 16.

Madison and Dane County

Mini cell towers could be coming to Madison's streets; city officials fear lack of oversight, Emily Hamer, WSJ, July 18.

Madison mayoral candidates raised, spent big sums, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, July 18; Satya Rhodes-Conway outraised, outspent opponents, Abigail Becker, CT, July 17.

Rastafarian church reopens without cannabis distribution, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, July 17.

Police review committee prepared to submit two recommendations to Madison City Council, Abigail Becker, CT, July 14.


Madison-based ride-share company aims to serve elderly and disabled, Adam Duxter, Channel3000, July 20.

Mellowhood scores grant to hire community members to work with Southwest Madison youth, Abigail Becker, CT, July 19.

Effort to replace South Side neighborhood center moving ahead, Chris Rickert, WSJ, July 18.

Foundation for Black Women's Wellness nears fundraising goal with boost from Mary Burke, Lisa Speckhard Pasque, CT, July 18.

Urban League annual Unity Picnic offers chance to eat, exercise and relax, Lisa Speckhard Pasque, CT, July 18.


Madison School Board floats new operating referendum, finds no conflict in president's vote, Logan Wroge, WSJ, July 15.

Higher Education

UW system has a new state 'charter czar'–the 3rd in past year, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, July 20.

UW-Madison's Antarctica research station award $23 million to expand work, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, July 16.

Environment and Transportation

Madison to test last wells for PFAS, business groups oppose state standard, David Wahlberg, WSJ, July 19.

Wisconsin Bike Federation receives grant to improve bike equity in MadisonMadison365, July 18.

Food and Sustainability

Rebirth of an icon: Garver Feed Mill reopens after decades of decay, Chris Hubbuch, WSJ, July 21.

Arts and Culture

"Inside Stories" podcast mines the audio vaults of local events, Holly Henschen, Isthmus, July 18.


Title IX paved the way for U.S. soccer dominance, but the work isn't done, Jesse Opoien, CT, July 15.

Housing and Development

Salvation Army refines plans for homeless shelter, housing, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, July 15.


Tony Evers launches search for next secretary overseeing jobs agency; Senate leader calls for veto override after DOT says state money can fund Milwaukee streetcar,  Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, July 19.

Dairy farmers are in crisis. Lawmakers need to rally round. Marc Eisen, Wisconsin Examiner, July 18.

Deputy prison warder posts Facebook meme comparing Muslims to garbage, Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, July 17.

Dane County and Nine County Region

Study for bike bridge between Sauk, Dane counties approved, Jake Ekdahl, WSJ, July 21.

Eleven rural hospitals in Wisconsin stopped delivering babies in past decade, report says, David Wahlberg, WSJ, July 19.

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