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Construction will reduce open lanes on Blair, John Nolen

Construction will reduce open lanes on Blair, John Nolen

John Nolen Drive and Blair Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction while construction takes place.

The City of Madison Engineering Department will replace concrete at the intersection beginning Aug. 24 at 7 p.m.

During the construction, no left turns will be allowed from Blair Street or John Nolen Drive onto Williamson Street or Wilson Street.

The construction is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27.  Moderate to severe delays are expected during this project, the Traffic Engineering and Parking Divisions said.

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Researchers watch tomato crops for late blight

While many farmers are worried about the drought's effect on corn this year, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers said a moisture-loving microorganism could be jeopardizing potato and tomato crops due to late blight.

Researchers said the fungus-like strain has arrived in upper and central parts of the state, and they're keeping an eye on late blight's movement in the coming weeks.

Late blight decimated Wisconsin crops in 2009. If undetected, researchers said late blight can do its damage in seven to 10 days by completely defoliating crops.

Documented reports of the strain include areas in northwestern Wisconsin, with it moving eastward, as well as reports in central Wisconsin.

Researchers said it may be too early to tell if it has reached as far south as Dane County.

Monona Terrace hosts free T'ai Chi

Monona Terrace hosts free T'ai Chi

T'ai Chi classes will be offered at Monona Terrace beginning in September.

Monona Terrace and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin will offer the course, which is said to enhance energy and sharpen focus according to a press release.  T'ai Chi includes gentle martial art movements and relaxation.

This free course will be offered on the Monona rooftop.  The 45-minute sessions begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 12 p.m.  Instruction will be provided by Terri Pellitteri.  The rain date is Thursday, Sept. 6.

The first 100 people who attend the event will receive a free smoothie in a take home tumbler, courtest of Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin.

Future courses will take place at no charge on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12 p.m. on the Monona Terrace rooftop.  The courses will end on September 27.

In the case of inclement weather, class will be cancelled.  All levels of experience are welcome. 

AARP bus tour stops in Madison

A national AARP tour will stop in Madison on Saturday.

The "You've Earned a Say" bus tour is adding its voice to the debate about Medicare and Social Security, a press release said.  Madison is among the first stops on the tour, which will also stop at national conventions for both parties, candidate debates, and state fairs nationwide.

The two 28-foot trailers are equipped with six iPads which offer activities, online questionnaires, a quiz, and online Social Security and Medicare tools.  The tour bus will also include a photo booth to record short videos.

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Bielema announces Badger captains

Badgers head football coach Bret Bielema announced the six team captains for the 2012-13 season.

They include offensive tackle Ricky Wagner, center Jordan Frederick and running back Montee Ball.

The defensive captains include linebackers Mike Taylor and Chris Borland and safety Shelton Johnson.

Wisconsin opens its regular season Sept. 1 against Northern Iowa at Camp Randall Stadium.

UW-Madison police hold training exercise at Kohl Center

University of Wisconsin-Madison police participated in a training exercise simulating an active shooter Tuesday at the Kohl Center.

The training exercise is held every year for UW-Madison police officers, but it is especially timely considering the shooting incidents in Aurora, Colo., and in Oak Creek.

Tuesday's training was the last of a series of training exercises that train every officer on the UW-Madison police force on how to handle a situation with an active shooter on the loose.

"From the chief down to officers, everybody in our department is trained to respond to active shooter events, because we don't know who's going to respond, who's going to be available when the incident happens," said Capt. Michael Newton, of the UW-Madison Police Department.

While officers have gone through this training before, this is the first time the department has used the Kohl Center.


Police search for suspect in downtown burglary

Madison police are searching for a man suspected of a downtown burglary last week.

Several thousand dollars' worth of property was stolen from 1022 W. Johnson St. on Aug. 16 after midnight. The stolen property had been stored in a garage during the residential move in downtown Madison.

The person of interest is a college-aged white male.

If you have information about this case or can identify this suspect, please contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at TipSubmit.com, call 266-6014, or text "Dane" and your message to CRIMES (274637). Tips to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and individuals with information may be eligible for a cash reward.