Madison Commons Media Digest, June 9, 2019

Top Story

Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway asks city agencies to plan for $9.5 million budget gap in 2020, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, June 5.

Madison and Dane County

Dane County puzzled by errant tax reminders, Steven Verburg, Wisconsin State Journal, June 8.

Madison School Board poised to take up new school-based police officer contract, Logan Wroge, WSJ, June 8.

Dane County Board approves $148 million in jail renovations after opponents shut down meeting, Emily Hamer, WSJ, June 7.

Madison police officer who strikes teen in video is put on 'restricted duty,' Chris Rickert, WSJ, June 7; Video shows MPD officers beating black juvenile with bag over his head; Internal investigation ongoing, Robert Chappell, Madison365, June 5.

Madison County Board gains three new supervisors following special election, Abigail Becker, CT, June 5.


Two decades into Wisconsin's opioid crisis, stories of recovery offer hope, David Wahlberg, WSJ, June 9.

Madison mechanic apprentice program provides employment, mentoring, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, June 8.

Neighbors say Salvation Army should fix current problems at shelter before expanding, Lisa Speckhard Pasque, CT, June 7.

Higher Education

New leadership elected to UW System Board of Regents, June 8; UW-Madison reviewed admissions policies in wake of national scandal and made two changes, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, June 7.


Madison gets $300,000 federal grant to address brownfield on South Park Street corridor, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, June 7.

Climate change causes 'roller coaster' mercury levels in Wisconsin Fish, Sarah Whites-Koditschek, WCIJ-Wisconsin Public Radio, June 9.

City gives composting another shot, Jenna WaltersIsthmus, June 6.

Madison-backed rural solar energy projects to begin operations, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, June 6.

Food and Sustainability

Hmong farmers find comfort in tending to crops, secure continued land use, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, June 9.

The "Wiscorican" bring Puerto Rican flavors to downtown Madison, L. Malik Anderson, Madison365, June 6.

City and Development

Transfer point: Madison accelerates plan to upgrade its transit system, Abigail Becker, CT, June 5.

City to explore grand connections between Downtown and Lake Monona, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, June 4.


Jazz is everywhere: Isthmus Jazz Festival, Michael Muckian, Isthmus, June 6.


Ex-Badgers soccer star Rose Lavelle gets ready for Women's World Cup close up, Jason Wilde, WSJ, June 8.


Rainbow pride flag flies over state Capitol for first time in Wisconsin history, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, June 8.

GOP plan would allow handful of lawmakers to impose vehicle fees of any amount, Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, June 7.

Wisconsin's 2018 job growth slowest of Scott Walker era, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, June 6.


Cambridge charter school gives students real taste of agriculture, Pamela Cotant, WSJ, June 3.

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