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Local firefighter bikes cross county to honor fallen firefighters

Four-year town of Madison firefighter and paramedic Jeff Moore made it his mission last year to visit every fire department in Dane County on his bike. This year he went a step further and is now biking across the country, visiting fire departments along the way, all in an effort to raise money for fallen firefighters.

"I thought he was crazy. That's a long way to go for one person," town of Madison Assistant Fire Chief Matthew Wright said.

Moore started his 4,400-mile journey 39 days ago on his bike, traveling from San Francisco to New York with two specific goals in mind.

"The first goal is that I wanted to honor, respect and remember all fallen firefighters. The second, I wanted to promote a positive for the American fire service," Moore said.

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MadMarket Double Dollars program kicks off 2nd year

The MadMarket Double Dollars program kicked off Sunday at the Northside Farmers Market, according to a release.

The Double Dollars program is a farmers market incentive program for SNAP/FoodShare Wisconsin participants that offers a dollar-for-dollar match for money spent at participating markets, officials said.

In the program?s second year participating markets are the Northside Farmers Market, the Eastside Farmers Market at Wil-Mar Center and the new Brittingham Farmers Market at Brittingham Park, according to the release. The program will run through October and SNAP participants are eligible to obtain up to $25 in matching dollars at each market.

?Access to farmers markets, especially access to fresh, healthy and affordable food, should not be a luxury only enjoyed by those of means,? Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said in the release. ?Thank you to our supporters of this true public/private partnership and we look forward to continued growth of the program.?

Ice bucket challenge hits UW football team

It's a phenomenon that has gone viral across the country and has spread right here in southern Wisconsin; from local law enforcement, to the UW-Madison football team, and has even hit the News 3 newsroom. It's called the ice bucket challenge and it's all in an effort to raise awareness for ALS.

"It's 100 percent fatal and people lose their ability to talk, to eat, and to move and eventually breathe. People are only able to survive typically between two and five years, " said ALS Chief Communications Officer Carrie Munk.

Lou Gehrig's disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, attacks motor neurons, the cells that control the muscles.

In less than a month the ALS association has received $9.5 million in donations from the challenge. That's $8 million more than the association received last year during the same time period.

Multiple UW students receive threatening scam calls, police say

Multiple UW students receive threatening scam calls, police say

Police said multiple students received threatening spam phone calls Friday evening near campus.

The city of Madison and University of Wisconsin-Madison police departments said they received reports from international students of scam phone calls.

Police said the victims reported similar experiences, saying the caller, who sounded male, claimed to be a government representative trying to collect taxes. The caller threatened each victim, saying they could be arrested if they did not immediately pay the taxes.

Each victim who reported receiving a call realized it was a scam and did not give the caller money, according to the report.

Police reminded citizens to be wary of scam calls and never give out personal information over the phone. The IRS or other government agencies will not call citizens and require payment over the phone, police said.

Mallards program places players with families

Mallards program places players with families

Meet Craig and Sherry Barnsley of Madison, who are one of several families in the area that have a Madison Mallards baseball player staying with them for a few months.

City: Movers should take furniture, electronics to donation sites

There is plenty of trash and treasure showing up on downtown streets Thursday and Fridays as the annual move out and move back in melee gets underway.

Thousands of people are coming and going from apartment leases, and they are leaving electronics and furniture behind, but sofa sleepers and electronics, like TVs or computers, cannot be left on the curb.

Crews want residents to drop off reusable items at designated donation sites, like the U-Haul on West Washington Avenue, at Mills and Spring streets and at Goodwill donation stations in numerous apartment buildings.

?We want things picked up and we want to keep the neighborhoods looking clean. We want to keep it safe for not only our staff, but for the general public as well, because there are always problems that arise with stuff stacked out at the curb,? Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said.

Mini marathon will affect traffic, bus routes Saturday

Roads through downtown Madison will experience stop-and-go delays during parts of the Madison Mini Marathon Saturday.

The race will start at 7 a.m. on Langdon Street at Lake Street, officials said.

Police will be stopping cross traffic to allow runners through along the route.

Main roads that will be affected along the route include Langdon Street, Wisconsin Avenue, Mifflin Street, State Street, Lake Street, Monroe Street, Seminole Highway, Nakoma Road, University Avenue and Park Street.

Madison Metro will be detouring multiple routes throughout during different times of the race, including routes 2, 4, 7, 80 and 13.