Madison Commons Media Digest, October 13, 2019

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An important special report from Dean Mosiman: Homelessness in Wisconsin: State at the CrossroadsWisconsin State Journal, Oct. 13.

Madison and Dane County

Explained: Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway's $40 vehicle registration proposal, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Oct. 10; Madison's proposed $40 wheel tax would be highest in state, but may be 'only way' to balance budget, Emily Hamer, WSJ, Oct. 9.

Where do Dane Co. officials stand on the F-35s? Not all of them are saying, Abigail Becker, Scott Girard and Briana Reilly, CT, Oct. 10.

Assembly resolution honoring retired Madison Police Chief Mike Koval never opened for local sponsorship, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, Oct. 10.


National Coming Out Day: Madison LGBTQ students share their stories, Scott Girard, CT, Oct. 11.

Madison Club takes down wallpaper some found racially offensive, Chris Rickert, WSJ, Oct. 10.


UW-Madison PAs visit West, help students 'visualize' health career, Scott Girard, CT, Oct. 12.

Community input sessions set for Madison superintendent search, possible 2020 referenda, Logan Wroge, WSJ, Oct. 11.

New data shows more than half of Madison students in AP courses are white, only 11 percent are Black, Christina Lorey, Channel3000, Oct. 9.

Higher Education

UW-Madison answers demand for data science with new school, major, and more faculty, Oct. 11; UW-Madison College Republicans office taped with signs calling Trump racist, sexist, Oct. 10; UW earns silver in its first sustainability ranking, Oct. 8;  UW campuses not spared from vaping trend, with some reporting symptoms, Oct. 7, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ.


Dane County landfill to stop taking leaves and other yard waste for composting, Chris Rickert, WSJ, Oct. 12.

Electrifying Change: The perils and promise of E-bikes and scooters, Mike Ivey, Isthmus, Oct. 10.

Mayor calls on National Guard to speed up Truax investigation after PFAS found in Starkweather Creek, Oct. 9; DNR: High levels of PFAS found in Starkweather Creek, Wisconsin River, Chris Hubbuch, WSJ, Oct. 8.

Food and Sustainability

Rain 'like a bad habit': Increasingly wet conditions and saturated fields challenge farmers in a changing climate, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 10.

Hemp farmers ordered to destroy crops after state struggles to keep up with testing, Dylan Brogan, Isthmus, Oct. 10.

Arts and Culture

The 40th anniversary of Glenn Silber's 'War at Home', Allen Ruff, 'A Public Affair,' WORT, Oct. 12; Street Fighting Town, Catherine Capellaro, Isthmus, Oct. 10.

Once upon a mattress, Madison's Triangulador, Erica Krug, Isthmus, Oct. 10.


Former White House photographer talks about 'dropping shade' on Trump, moving to Madison, Samara Kalk Derby, WSJ, Oct. 12

Ms. Wheelchair Wisconsin is 'all about advocacy,' David Wahlberg, WSJ, Oct. 12.

Former WEAC leader and longtime teachers' advocate Morris Andrews dies, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, Oct. 11.


East v. La Follette becomes sibling rivalry, Rob Chappell, Madison365, Oct. 11.

Forward Madison FC veterans chase elusive championship in USL League One playoffs, Todd Milewski, WSJ, Oct. 10.


US Supreme Court declines to hear UW-Madison's $506 million case against Apple, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, Oct. 10.

Uncertainty growing in Wisconsin's manufacturing sector, as survey finds job cuts, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, Oct. 7.


Dane County has a health care access problem, Dr. Timothy Harrington, CT, Oct. 12.

Proof that Wisconsin still values public education, Paul Fanlund, CT, Oct. 11.

Atwood's Ice Cream imbroglio reveals a Rocky Road ahead, Jesse Opoien, CT, Oct. 7.


Derailed: the Wisconsin high-speed rail that wasn'tWisconsin Public Radio. 

Assembly set to take another major GOP power grab, Melanie Conklin, Wisconsin Examiner, Oct. 10.

Ron Johnson emerges a vocal Trump defender, Craig Gilbert, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Oct. 9.

'Gerrymandered majority,' Democrats push back with 8-point fall agenda, Melanie Conklin, Wisconsin Examiner, Oct. 8.

Dane and Surrounding Counties

Photos: Lovefood organic farm in Stoughton, Abigail Becker, CT, Oct. 11.

Wisconsin country doctor treats Amish, studies genetic diseases, Mark Johnson, Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel, Oct. 11.

Suburban grocery battles heat up as Festival Foods opens in Verona, Barry Adams, WSJ, Oct. 10.

Mt. Horeb's Katta Jimenez getting into hemp business, Rob Chappell, Madison365, Oct. 9.

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