Madison Commons Media Digest, September 15, 2019

Madison and Dane County

Madison leaders weigh how to avoid homelessness, housing, traffic problems of Seattle, Logan Wroge, Wisconsin State Journal, September 15.

Madison receives highest bond rating but with negative outlook, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, September 13.

Air Force meeting draws boosters, foes, and questions about F-35s, Logan Wroge, WSJ, September 13; Council members draft resolution asking Air Force to reconsider locating F-35s in Madison, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, September 12; F-35 stirs strong reaction in Madison, Ruth Conniff, Wisconsin Examiner, September 13; What happens if Truax Field doesn't get the F-35? Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, September 13; More than 500 homes near airport likely not eligible for soundproofing, city says, Emily Hamer, WSJ, September 11.

Report from investigation into Dane County jail construction to remain confidential for now, Abigail Becker, CT, September 12.


Madison Diocese names eighth priest 'credibly accused' of sexual abuse, Logan Wroge, WSJ, September 14.

Research group highlights Madison Police as model of community policing in immigrant communities, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, September 12.


'Jesus Lunch' expands to locations near Madison Memorial, Verona high schools, Logan Wroge, WSJ, September 13.

Student proficiency in math and English slips in latest round of Wisconsin test exam results, Logan Wroge, WSJ, September 12.

Higher Education

UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee face opposite problems, September 15; UW-Madison rank rises to 13th best public college in America, report says, September 9, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ.

Foxconn pledged $100,000,000 to UW-Madison. The school has so far received $700,000, Kelley Meyerhofer, WSJ, September 12.


The public health effects and social phenomenon of vaping, Carousel Bayrd, A Public Affair, WORT, September 10.

Surge in patients to UW Hospitals results in backlog,'worst that I have seen,' Erik Gunn, Wisconsin Examiner, September 9.


Low-lying downtown Madison areas at increased risk of flash flooding if storms continue, Abigail Becker, CT, September 13.

Local youth leading activism against climate change, Amy Barrilleaux, Isthmus, September 12.

Wisconsin DNR seeks to expand manure restrictionsChannel3000, September 15.

Food and Sustainability

Farmers, chefs, UW researchers connect to create more flavorful produce, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, September 14.

Great Dane sends suds to Japan for 2020 opening of brewpub, Lindsay Christians, CT, September 13.

Mad Dog and Merrill filmed at Neesh-La Powwow, Ardith Van Riper, Madison365, September 13.

Arts and Culture

Serenade for long-time Isthmus classical music critic John Barker, Catherine Capellaro, Isthmus, September 12.

Madison Finance Committee recommends leasing space, $500,000 grant to arts nonprofit, Abigail Becker, CT, September 10.


Urban League helping fill Exact Sciences' many job openings, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, September 15.


Neighbors of Salvation Army organizing to stall shelter expansion, ask for security plan, Emily Hamer, WSJ, September 12.


Were two Wisconsin brothers the Walter Whites of THC Oils? Julie Bosman and Matt Richtel, NY Times, September 15; Wisconsin not part of tentative settlement with OxyContin manufacturer, Riley Vetterkind, WSJ, September 12;  310 million prescription pain pills flooded Milwaukee County, Allison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, September 12.

GOP chairman: No plans to scrap Wisconsin Republican primary, Riley Vetterkind, WSJ, September 13.

Pay-to-stay, other fees, can put jail inmates hundreds or thousands in debt, Isabel Zaluska, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, September 15.

GOP lawmakers proposed to give $500,000 to anti-abortion groups, Melanie Conklin, Wisconsin Examiner, September 9.

Dane and Surrounding Counties

Taxis offer needed services outside Madison, but remain a challenge to operate, Chris Higgins, Capital Newspapers, September 13.

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