Author: Matthew Simon

Dane County prepared to help homeless this winter

Salvation Army, Porchlight offer shelter to people in need

With bitter cold temperatures forecast to strike this week, Dane County's homeless service manager said the county is prepared to make sure the homeless currently living on the streets will have a safe and warm place to stay this winter.

UWPD issues Bucky Bucket list warning

Students heading to Bascom Hall's roof could face citations

An illegal University of Wisconsin-Madison "bucket list" item is happening so often campus police are issuing a warning.

Dane County leaders develop Ebola response plan

Medical professionals ask patients if they have visited West Africa

While Dane County Emergency Management leaders emphasize there is an extremely small chance Ebola will hit the area, they are developing a written plan for anyone who could be a first point of contact with anyone who has the virus.

First Responders: Report shows Parisi wrong about proposal to gut board

New DaneCom emergency communication system likely delayed for one year

As Dane Co. Executive Joe Parisi pushes to gut the Public Safety Communication Center Board of its decision-making power, a report compiled by the county's 911 call-taking software company says the board lacks data required to make well-informed decisions.

Attorney general candidates spar over philosophy

Happ, Schimel locked in tight race

Wisconsin attorney general hopeful Brad Schimel blasted opponent Susan Happ as a liberal activist looking to pursue a partisan agenda as the two candidates criticized each other's philosophies during their first debate Sunday.

Contest to award Madison startup business $100,000

Rolling his "Rise of the Rest" entrepreneur road tour into Madison on Sunday, former America Online CEO Steve Case said the city's rising young, university-led talent pool inspired his visit to eventually award one start-up $100,000 to grow their business.

Changes go in effect for filling prescriptions for painkillers

New rule says patients need paper prescription for each refill

Under new Drug Enforcement Agency rules, every time a patient refills a painkiller prescription containing hydrocodone, like Vicodin, they will have to go back to their doctor to get a written prescription.

Little Norway closes doors after 86 years

Owner grateful for years he had running facility

Citing financial constraints, the owners of the Little Norway Norwegian homestead-turned-tourist attraction have closed the facility, put in on the market, and are donating or selling its artifacts.

Dane Co. Exe. Office: State system causing first responder radio failures

State shut down problematic transmission

A radio frequency of the state's "WISCOM" emergency communication system, combined with a new state radio procedure put in place this summer, appears to have caused the radio failures some first responders across Dane Co. have been reporting, according to a memo by Dane Co. 911 Director John Dejung.

City leaders' proposal targets problem deer

Deer on airport's runway cause safety concerns

The dozens of deer grazing near and going onto the Portage Airport's runway are causing city leaders so much concern that they plan on spending thousands of dollars to have city police officers harvest them.

DAIS exec: Rice video shows domestic abuse can happen to anyone

Dane County's Domestic Abuse Intervention Services executive director said new video showing former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancée Janay Palmer inside an Atlantic City, New Jersey, hotel elevator, provides a powerful example of how domestic abuse can happen to anyone.

Fitchburg mayor talks about vigil honoring murder victims

A neighbor, pastor and a law enforcement representative are among the five or six speakers Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff said he expects will address community members at Sunday night's candle-light vigil honoring the sisters prosecutors say a former Dane County sheriff's deputy murdered.

NAACP plans to take concerns of militarization to MPD chief

Military vehicle could amp up tension in Ferguson-like clash, NAACP leaders say

A big theme coming out of Ferguson is the question over militarizing local law enforcement. And Tuesday night, during a Dane County NAACP meeting, executive members approved taking those concerns to Madison Police Chief Mike Koval.

Leaders: Public money not used for Brown siblings' scholarships

Anonymous scholarship donor contacted Wisconsin HOPE Lab via Twitter

The leaders of a University of Wisconsin-Madison college research organization and Dane County's Boys and Girls Club said no public money was used when they helped Michael Brown's three siblings secure college scholarships.