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Officials seek dog that bit woman at hospital

On Friday at 2:10 p.m., a woman was bitten by a dog near the Meriter Hospital parking ramp, police say.

The owner of the dog yelled to the victim to help catch the dog. When she tried to catch it, the dog bit her on the hands.

According to police, the dog is described as a small, white dog with a tight, curly coat, possibly a bichon or miniature poodle.

The dog owner is described as a black woman in her 30s.

Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact Madison's Public Health Department.

If the animal is not found, the woman may be required to complete a series of painful and costly injections to prevent rabies, police say.

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Detroit Lions say UW band donation will come next week

A Detroit Lions spokesperson said the University of Wisconsin-Madison band will see the significant donation promised to them by one of their players by next week.

Last year, the franchise said center Dominic Raiola would contribute to the program as part of an apology for yelling obscenities at band members.

UW band director Mike Leckrone said Thursday he had not seen a cent of that donation.

?I guess I did expect it for a while, but as the days went by the expectations grew less,? Leckrone said. ?As far as I?m concerned, it?s a done deal. I think from the very beginning our approach has been this was an incident that happened, and we?re moving on and we have since moved on.?

Leckrone?s Badger band is preparing to play at Lambeau Field this weekend.� That's where Raiola insulted the band last year.

Madison fire officials lay out Ebola response plan

Officials with the Madison Fire Department said Thursday they are working to ensure they have a safe and effective Ebola virus response plan in place.

Madison Fire Chief Steve Davis said in a blog post Thursday the department is actively working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dane County Emergency Management, local hospitals and the 911 Center.

?We recognize the significance of our role in safely transporting possibly infected patients to local hospitals while protecting our community from the spread of the Ebola virus,? Davis said in the release.

The Ebola response process starts with the 911 Center, according to the post. If a 911 caller complains of any symptoms similar to those of an Ebola virus infection, the 911 dispatcher will ask follow-up questions regarding travel locations and contact with any persons who have traveled. The questions are based on the most current CDC recommendations for location and time of travel.

Madison VA Hospital recognized as national LGBT leader

The Veterans Hospital in Madison has been recognized as a national leader in LGBT health care equality, according to a release.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognized the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital as part of its Healthcare Equality Index 2014, officials said. The annual index survey encourages equal care for LGBT Americans and recognizes health care institutions doing the best work.

The Madison VA Hospital earned top recognition in meeting non-discrimination and training criteria that demonstrate its commitment to equitable, inclusive care of LGBT patients and their families, according to the release.

?We are proud of the quality care we provide to all veterans, and we?re especially pleased to be recognized for the equality of top-notch care we provide to LGBT patients who are among our nation?s treasured veterans,? Judy McKee, director of the Madison VA Hospital, said in the release.

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Construction crew will close downtown street this weekend

A construction crew will close West Main Street this weekend to disassemble a tower crane, according to a release.

Starting Friday at 9 a.m. the 300 block of West Main Street will be closed, officials said. The closure is expected to last through Sunday afternoon.

Through-traffic will be closed between South Henry Street and Washington Place, according to the release.

Local vehicle access to residences, the parking structure and Washington Place on the 300 block of West Main Street will stay open from the west at all times, officials said.

Pedestrian traffic will be maintained on the south side of West Main Street and to all residences during the closure, according to the release. Motorists and bicyclists are encouraged to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Most area districts get increase in aid; Middleton gets 7th largest cut

Most area school districts will receive a small increase in general state aid, but the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will get the seventh biggest cut in the state, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.476 billion available under current law for general state aid.

General state aid for school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, but the actual amount of aid that the state?s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than last school year, according to the release. That is due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

$400K needed to keep Rhythm & Booms going

The organizers of Rhythm & Booms say they need $400,000 in donations and sponsorships by Dec. 1 to put on the fireworks show next year.

A statement released Tuesday states that Madison Festivals Inc. invested $345,000 from its reserves to keep the festival going the last two years, but can?t continue to keep it going without more money.

"Financially we did not get the type of funding from either corporations or the public that we hoped to get this year,? Madison Festivals President Rita Kelliher said.

Kelliher pointed to two main reasons for the funding shortage. When the event was moved from Warner Park to the downtown area in 2014, organizers had to pay significantly more for the barges, crane and tugboat necessary to shoot fireworks from Lake Monona. Also new in 2014 was the lack of funding from the city of Madison.