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WISC-TV executive, Madison business leader dies

George Nelson, a Madison business and community leader instrumental in the building of major civic projects, died Wednesday night. He was 76.

Nelson was a Morgan Murphy Media vice president for administration and finance for the Evening Telegram Company, the parent company of WISC-TV.

"George was as proud of WISC as we were of him," said Morgan Murphy Media President and CEO Elizabeth Murphy Burns. "He was an integral part of the community he loved and Channel 3. He will be missed by his family, his many friends, Madison, the station and me."

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Police: Passerby gropes woman walking on N. Frances

Police: Passerby gropes woman walking on N. Frances

A woman was groped by a passerby Wednesday morning as she was walking in downtown Madison, police said.

The Madison Police Department said a 20-year-old downtown resident was on her cell phone walking in the 500 block of North Frances Street at 11:03 a.m. when a stranger reached down and touched her inappropriately as he passed.

The woman told police it happened very quickly and she was unable to get a good description of the man.

The man was described as possibly Hispanic and was wearing a winter coat and carrying a backpack, according to the report.

Madison committee approves study on police body cams

Police officers in Madison are one meeting closer to wearing body cameras.

Members of the city's Board of Estimates unanimously voted to recommend a $30,000 study and ad hoc committee to take a closer look at how police body cameras would work in Madison. The proposal would also hire a project manager to oversee the process.

The proposal was put on the fast track by its authors, bypassing both the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Public Safety Review Committee to make it to the Board of Estimate Monday night. Alders said that was necessary to ensure the proposal reached City Council in a timely manner, allowing for the study to take place this summer.

While board members approved of the proposal Monday night, some voiced concern the move may be too fast for those still questioning cameras.

Police: Woman duped by overseas 'fiance'

A Madison woman lost $1,600 to an overseas scam artist who wanted to ship her an engagement ring.

The woman is in her 60s and on a fixed income. She told police she was corresponding with a suitor who called himself Matt Campbell for months via Facebook. The scammer told her he needed a box to ship her an engagement ring, and she wired the money.

The scammer responded by telling her that she was now involved in a money laundering criminal syndicate and that she would be exposed to the authorities if she did not send more cash.

Police urge caution when sending money to other countries to people they have never met.

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UW-Madison will ask students to fill out sex assault survey

University of Wisconsin-Madison officials plan to ask students to fill out a sexual assault survey this spring.

The school says it has agreed to administer the Association of American Universities' survey on the sexual assault climate on campus. The White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault has recommended colleges administer the survey as a way of identifying the extent of the problem. A spokesman for AAU declined to comment on the types of questions, saying releasing that information could compromise the results.

UW-Madison officials plan to send the survey by email to all students over 18 during the last three weeks of April. Results are expected to be made public this fall.

Lily's Fund advances seizure research, brings comfort to people with epilepsy

Whenever 11-year-old Meg Heinzen plays piano, she can anticipate the notes. Yet as a young child, her family could never have anticipated her habit of rolling her eyes at them could mean something more serious.

"I'm really not kidding when I say we would always talk about the fact she is always rolling her eyes at us, she's going to be the tough one, and it wasn't until her kindergarten teacher said something," Meg's mother, Tess O'Brien, said.

O'Brien noticed her daughter, the youngest of four, seemed to have a harder time in school compared to her siblings. Then one day she noticed something different about Meg's constant eye rolling.

"She rolled her eyes, they kind of went in the back of her head almost, and then she looked back up at me, and I said, 'What was that? Did something just happen?' and she said, 'I don't know; sometimes that happens to me,'" O'Brien said.

Crane removal will close West Dayton, North Henry streets 4 days

Crane removal will close West Dayton, North Henry streets 4 days

The dismantling of a tower crane in downtown Madison will close West Dayton and North Henry streets Thursday through Sunday, according to a release.

Starting Thursday at 7 a.m., contractors will be dismantling the tower crane adjacent to Madison Fire Station No. 1, officials said.

The 300 block of West Dayton Street between North Henry Street and North Broom Street and the 100 and 200 blocks of North Henry Street will be closed to through traffic through the end of the work day on Sunday, according to the release.

Local vehicle access to residences and the Overture Center parking garage in the 300 block of West Dayton Street will stay open from the west at all times, officials said. Pedestrian traffic will also be allowed on the south side of West Dayton Street and to all residences during the closure.

Officials encourage motorists and bicyclists to use alternate routes to avoid delays during the closure.