Madison Commons Media Digest, September 29, 2019

In Sunday blog post, Mike Koval announces retirement as police chief, Abigail Becker, Capital Times, Sept. 29; Police Chief Koval retires, Emily Hamer, Wisconsin State Journal, Sept. 29.

Madison and Dane County

Many local candidates fail to file campaign finance reports, but city clerks 'have no teeth,' Sept. 28; Avra Reddy to step down from District 8 City Council seat, Sept. 26, Abigail Becker, Capital Times.

Public comment period extended for F-35s at Truax, Mitchell Schmidt, Wisconsin State Journal, Sept. 27; Residents want officials to take a stand against F-35s, Dylan Brogan, Isthmus, Sept. 26; School Board joins call for Air National Guard to reconsider F-35s at Truax, Scott Girard, CT, Sept. 23.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announces mental health, addiction initiatives in budget proposal, Abigail Becker, CT, Sept. 25; Dane Co. Exec. proposes $850,000 increase for mental health, addiction services, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, Sept. 25.

Dane County has 'no viable cause of action' against jail contractors, Abigail Becker, CT, Sept. 25.


Joining Forces for Families delivers close to home, Dean Mosiman, WSJ, Sept. 29.

Willy Street Co-op workers unionize, Shelley K. Mesch, WSJ, Sept. 28.

Wisconsin remain worst in deadly falls, Dane Co. zeroes in on locations, Dave Wahlberg, WSJ, Sept. 28.

 A roundtable discussion of juvenile crime in Madison and Dane County, Carousel Bayrd, "A Public Affair," WORT, Sept. 24.


Four school resource officers will remain in high schools through 2020, Scott Girard, WSJ, Sept. 24.

Conservative group looks to challenge MMSD policy on gender identity, Logan Wroge, WSJ, Sept. 24.

Higher Education

Madison College celebrates Goodman South Campus opening, Stephen Cohn, Channel 3000, Sept. 29.

Wisconsin students make up smallest share of UW-Madison freshman class in at least 25 years, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, Sept. 25.

Two UW-Madison professors received MacArthur 'genius' awards, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, Sept. 25.

Budget deficit, fewer students: Edgewood College interim president faces major challenges, Kelly Meyerhofer, WSJ, Sept. 23.


Volunteers remove invasive plant in hopes that native species may return to Dane County, Emilie Burditt, Channel 3000, Sept. 28; Celebrate nature's gifts this national public lands day, Mary Jean Huston, Wisconsin Examiner, Sept. 27.

DNR Secretary Coole urges return to climate change research, Chris Hubbuch, WSJ, Sept. 28.

Food and Sustainability

Food-scraps pilot program declared a success, Madison turns to next steps, Chris Rickert, WSJ, Sept. 30.

Troy Kids' Garden creates machine to recycle plastics, Erica Krug, Isthmus, Sept. 26.

Arts and Culture

Line for tickets to 'Hamilton' stretches around Overture, Samara Kalk Derby, WSJ, Sept. 29.


Exact Sciences Cologuard test expands market by 22 percent, David Wahlberg, WSJ, Sept. 23.


Suicide prevention task force avoids guns, Melanie Conklin, Wisconsin Examiner, Sept. 25.

Wisconsin lawmakers could force drivers to put down their phones, Mitchell Schmidt, WSJ, Sept. 23.

Dane and Surrounding Counties

PSC reacts conflict-of-interest assertions, authorizes $500 million Cardinal-Hickory Creek power line, Chris Hubbuch, WSJ, Sept. 27; Wisconsin weighs felony for actions against pipelines, Scott Bauer, AP, Sept. 27.

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