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Same woman first in line for iPhone 6 as last year's iPhone 5S launch

People lined up outside stores like AT&T, Best Buy and Apple around Madison, waiting to get their hands on a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The phones were made available in stores Friday.

Edna Miller was first in line at AT&T on the city's west side. She arrived at 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Because I want to leave right away. I want to be done. I don't know, maybe because I just want to be first in line," said Miller, laughing when asked why she stayed overnight.

This was Miller's second time being first in line for the newest iPhone at this location. She started the line last year when the iPhone 5S hit stores.

Employees underwent multiple practice sessions to prepare for this day. Many stores opened early at 8 a.m.

A spokesperson with AT&T said this year's enhancements include size, a faster processing chip and improved HD camera are some of the reasons why consumers were anxious to purchase the new smartphones.

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Police: Sub store employee attacked, robbed

Police said a sub store employee was attacked and robbed of cash in downtown Madison Saturday morning.

The Madison Police Department said a 27-year-old Cousin's Subs employee was walking on the 100 block of East Main Street at about 9:30 a.m. when a man grabbed her and kneed her in the stomach.

The attacker stole a bank bag containing Cousin's Subs' cash, though police did not indicate how much money was taken.

The robber fled on foot toward the Capitol, according to the report.

Police described the robber as dark-skinned, with some facial hair and an average build. He was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and light-colored blue jeans.

The Cousin's employee did not need medical attention, police said.

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Numerous construction projects in and around Madison are prompting state transportation officials to ask fans to expect delays getting to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

Work on the Beltline will be on hold for five hours before and after the game, but lane shifts, ramp closures and reduced speeds are still likely to cause delays. Alternate routes are also likely to have extra game day traffic.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends motorists plan for additional time to get to their destination.

State highway projects in the greater Madison area include:

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·         Lane shifts in both directions between Middleton and I-39/90

·         US 14 ramp to westbound Beltline is open

Woman robbed in downtown parking ramp

Madison police said a woman was robbed of her cellphone by two people she had hoped to hang out with after work.

The incident happened in the Overture parking ramp in the 300 block of West Mifflin around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, the woman was walking with two men to the ramp when one of the men grabbed her purse. She snatched the purse back and tried to call police when one of the men grabbed her cellphone and fled the scene.

Police describe one of the men involved as a white man in his 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, with dark brown hair, last seen wearing a T-shirt with a black and white logo on the front and the back. The other man involved is a black man in his 20s.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call Madison police.

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Police release surveillance footage of Saturday morning battery

Madison police are looking for help identifying several persons of interest seen in surveillance footage of a battery incident Saturday.

A man was hospitalized after he was knocked unconscious in a fight early Saturday morning, police said.

A 24-year-old was walking with a friend when he began arguing with several men on the 400 block of West Mifflin Street at 3:30 a.m., Madison police said.

The argument turned into a physical fight and the 24-year-old was knocked unconscious, police said.

The men were between 18-23 years old. Police said there were several men involved in the fight, though it wasn't clear how many. The attackers were traveling in a Chevy Suburban, which is also visible in the surveillance footage.

Police ask anyone with information on the incident to contact the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at 608-266-6014.


State’s report cards show MMSD meets expectations

State education officials say the majority of Wisconsin public schools and school districts meet or exceed expectations for student achievement.

The Madison Metropolitan School District was rated at 69.8, which is meeting expectations. That score is an improvement over last year’s score of 68.5.

While Madison remained in the bottom third of districts statewide, it moved up from 11th to eighth among districts located in cities.

“As a school district, we’ve been very focused on the school improvement process. That means tightening up the process by which we set measurable goals for them to choose a few powerful strategies for meeting those goals and then consistently monitoring them along the way so they can make adjustments,” MMSD Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said. “We believe this is how you raise student achievement to narrow achievement gaps.”

Bicyclist struck by Jeep, suffers concussion

A 22-year-old Madison man suffered a concussion when he was struck by a Jeep while biking on University Avenue Monday evening.

Madison police said the bicyclist was in the bike lane pedaling west around 6 p.m., and had a green light at North Randall Avenue when a 38-year-old Madison man was turning his Jeep from University Avenue onto North Randall Avenue. The man driving the Jeep didn?t have an arrow to make the turn and the bicyclist went onto the roof of the Jeep and shattered the windshield, according to police.

The driver of the Jeep was cited for failure to yield at an intersection causing injury.