Our network

Radiothon raises half million for sick kids

Radiothon raises half million for sick kids

Listeners of Tracy and Mike in the Morning on 96.3 Star Country radio in Madison pledged $528,507 for American Family Children’s Hospital in the eighth annual Champions for Kids Radiothon. 

Officials said that eclipses last year’s Radiothon which raised $506,238.

The three-day, 39-hour radio broadcast hosted by Tracy Dixon and Mike Heller of Clear Channel Radio station 96.3 Star Country ended Friday night with the announcement of the grand total. 

Former and current patients, some of the most seriously ill children, and their families told their personal stories during the Radiothon.

For more information on American Family Children’s Hospital, go to www.uwhealthkids.org.

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?
Greek-style lunches and dinners
Beautiful and unique accessories, jewelry, and gifts.

Madison School District to hold meeting on achievement gap

The Madison Metropolitan School District is making revised recommendations to its plan to close the district's achievement gap.

MMSD officials, city representatives, the Chamber of Commerse and the United Way will all be at a meeting Monday discussing the importance of community collaboration.

The meeting begins at 11 a.m. at the Doyle Administration Building.



Washburn telescope's optics get 130-year checkup, cleaning

Washburn telescope's optics get 130-year checkup, cleaning

Bit by bit over the last two decades, the University of Wisconsin-Madison's iconic Washburn Observatory has been restored to its original sheen.

The dome was refurbished in the 1990s and the building itself was restored and updated in 2009. And this week, a final but crucial touch up -- the cleaning and refurbishment of the glass lenses and the brass cell that holds them in the 240-inch-long telescope tube -- was completed with the help of John Augustine, an antique instrument specialist from Parkman, Ohio.

"There aren't too many guys who do this kind of thing," explains Jim Lattis, director of UW-Madison's Space Place and the official custodian of the observatory and its antique refracting telescope.

Recall supporters march to show support for Barrett

Democratic supporters marched to the Capitol building Wednesday night to show their solidarity in support of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the recall election against Gov. Scott Walker.

In 2002, when Democrats had to choose between Barrett, Kathleen Falk and Jim Doyle in a hotly contested primary, they cast 550,000 ballots. In Tuesday's primary, Democrats cast about 670,000 votes total.

Even if some weren't overjoyed with Tuesday's results, they are preparing to do all they can to unseat Walker in a recall election on June 5.

"(Falk) lost; we got beat. Tom Barrett won. We go to work for Tom Barrett today," said Donald Lowe, a recall supporter.

With their candidate chosen, Walker's opponents begin a march forward, and nobody at the rally was forgetting how much work there is to be done.

Community Sponsors

Are you interested in promoting your business to local customers?
Beautiful and unique accessories, jewelry, and gifts.
Greek-style lunches and dinners

UW receives $85 million extra for medical isotope project

UW receives $85 million extra for medical isotope project

The Morgridge Institute for Research has received a $20.6 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration to support development of a new process and manufacturing plant for a medical isotope needed by tens of thousands of U.S. patients daily.

The cooperative agreement through the National Nuclear Security Administration's Global Threat Reduction Initiative will support the Morgridge Institute and partner SHINE Medical Technologies in efforts to produce molybdenum-99 without weapons-usable highly enriched uranium.

Thomas "Rock" Mackie, principal investigator for the project and director of medical devices at the Morgridge Institute for Research in Madison, said the private, nonprofit research institute located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus will serve as the prime contractor on the project.

Fight breaks out downtown over rap song lyrics

Fight breaks out downtown over rap song lyrics

Witnesses told police two men who had just met on the street got into an argument over lyrics while in the midst of free-style rap battle early Sunday morning.

Police the argument led to a fight between six people, each rapper and two of their friends.

One vocalist, who was visiting Madison from New Jersey, was punched in the face and knocked out, police said.

He was treated at an area hospital, police said.

The man who faces possible battery charges is described as a white man, about 6 feet tall with a slender build. He was wearing a white jersey-type shirt with blue, red and white stripes and a hat, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.

Man knocked unconscious in Mifflin Street disturbance

Man knocked unconscious in Mifflin Street disturbance

A 25-year-old man was knocked unconscious by a punch in the 500 block of West Mifflin Street at about 9 p.m. on Saturday, according to the Madison Police Department.

The victim's head hit the pavement, causing a cut that required stitches, police said.

Witnesses said the victim had been in an argument with the man who struck him, but it was not clear what that dispute was about.

The man who threw the punch is described as black, about 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.