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Credit union hosts shred event, food drive

A local credit union will be holding a shredding event and food drive Saturday morning, according to a release.

The Dane County Credit Union will be sponsoring the event where personal documents will be confidentially destroyed and recycled for a non-perishable food donation, organizers said.

The event will be held from 8-10 a.m. at the Dane County Credit Union at 709 Struck Street in Madison.

Food donations will go to area food pantries through the Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin, according to the release.

Organizers are asking participants to only bring personal papers and to be as generous as possible with the food donations.

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Taste of Madison will feature new beverage options

The Taste of Madison will feature two new beverage options that will showcase locally made products this weekend, according to a release.

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The Wisconsin Brewing Company and Wollersheim Winery will be serving beverages at multiple booths around the Capitol Square, organizers said.

?Wollersheim Winery is honored to have our wines representing the local fruit of the vine at Taste of Madison,? Wollersheim Vice President Julie Coquard said in the release.

Wollersheim will be serving its Prairie Fume, White Riesling, Blushing Rose and Prairie Sunburst Red, according to the release.

Wisconsin Brewing Company will be serving its Golden Amber Lager and Ol? Reliable.

Many 6th-graders falling behind on required vaccination

Getting kids back to school is just one priority for parents. Another is making sure kids are caught up on their vaccinations.

Many schools report that the biggest gap in school immunizations is with the Tdap, a vaccine that boosts protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough) and is required for entry into the sixth grade.

In July, the Madison Metropolitan School District sent 1,200 letters to parents of incoming sixth-graders who still needed their Tdap boosters. Other districts will be taking similar actions over the next couple of months.

"Whooping cough is particularly hard on kids. While it looks like a common cold in the beginning, severe coughing soon follows. Even with treatment, extreme coughing fits may last several weeks," said Immunization Specialist for Public Health-Madison and Dane County Diane McHugh, RN.

A message from the MPD's Traffic Enforcement Safety Team

With the school year right around the corner, the Madison Police Department would like to remind Madison residents to slow down and obey school zone speed limits.

Watch for crossing guards and please follow their directions. Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the street and be aware of children present in the area.

Obey posted parking restrictions and park your vehicle accordingly.

The MPD considers School Zone safety a top priority and will be enforcing School Zone violations throughout the school year, to help keep children safe.

They also want to remind the public of Wisconsin State Statute 346.46 (2m) when approaching a crossing guard.

To read more about MPD rules and regulations, click here for more information.

Police: Student's BAC more than 4 times legal limit

Police: Student's BAC more than 4 times legal limit

A University of Wisconsin-Madison student was found heavily intoxicated stumbling in a downtown parking ramp early Friday, police said.

The UW-Madison Police Department said officers made contact with a 25-year-old man who was alone, stumbling as he walked up a stairwell in the Lake Street Ramp at 301 N. Lake St. at 2:15 a.m.

Officers said the man's eyes were watery, glassy and bloodshot, he smelled of intoxicants and was having a hard time standing. His preliminary blood alcohol content was .338, more than four times the legal limit for driving.

UWPD police warned citizens that drinking too much isn't just dangerous behind the wheel. UWPD police Chief Susan Riseling said that over-consuming alcohol can put students at risk of becoming the victim of a crime and has health risks.

"We're not talking about just a couple drinks here," Riseling said. "We’re talking about deadly levels of alcohol being consumed."

GEF1 building reopens to public after May fire

The Department of Administration announced Thursday that the GEF1 office building will reopen to the public after a fire in May closed the building.

The building will reopen Tuesday for normal business hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to a release. GEF1 serves as the headquarters for the Department of Children and Families and the Department of Workforce Development.

The fire, which was ruled accidental by the Madison Fire Department, caused an estimated $15 million in damage.

Employees starting moving back into the building Aug. 4, and all but 75 DWD employees, who work in the area on the fourth floor where the fire happened, have reoccupied the building, according to the release. Crews continue to make repairs to that area on the fourth floor.

City budget commits funds to create affordable housing

Madison's 2015 Executive Capital Budget will have funds committed to addressing the issue of not having affordable housing in the city.

Between 3,000 and 4,000 people are served by the shelter system in Madison annually, according to a release from city officials. Lack of affordable housing has been made worse by low vacancies in the rental market, new landlord-tenant laws and a tightened lending market.

"Housing is essential to creating a safe community," Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said.

The primary goal for the Affordable Housing Strategy is to support the development of approximately 750 additional units of affordable rental housing by committing over $20 million over the next five years to a new Affordable Housing Fund, officials said.