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City?s organics pilot program will continue

A pilot program geared toward recycling organic material in Madison will move forward after city officials approved funding for a new piece of equipment.

The Madison Streets Division has been given the funding to purchase a screen that will be used to remove non-compostable plastics from material being collected in the organics pilot program, according to a release.

?We are extremely grateful for the support of the common council and the mayor in approving the funds we need to purchase a screen,? Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release. ?The screen will enable us to continue the current program and move forward with our expansion plans.?

The Streets Division previously announced plans to suspend the pilot program on Sept. 30 because of problems with non-compostable plastics.

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Portable toilets, vehicles damaged in overnight fire

Two vehicles were damaged and portable toilets were destroyed in an overnight fire on a University of Wisconsin-Madison parking lot, police said.

UW-Madison police said officers responded to a report of a vehicle on fire at about 4 a.m.

Police said someone lit a portable toilet on fire in Lot 51 on North Mills Street. The fire quickly spread to another portable toilet and a nearby vehicle. The vehicle was badly damaged and another nearby UW fleet vehicle sustained heat damage due to the fire. The Madison Fire Department quickly extinguished the fire.

Police said the city of Madison responded to a trash can on fire at about 3 a.m. two blocks from the North Mills Street fire. It wasn't clear if the two incidents were related.�

UWPD asked anyone with information on the fire to call 608-264-2677.

Woman shot in hand during gun struggle, police say

A woman suffered a gunshot wound to her hand during a struggle with an armed man early Saturday, police said.�

Madison police said a caller reported hearing a woman crying followed by a gunshot, arguing and screaming at a residence on the 2100 block of University Avenue at 3:19 a.m.

A 20-year-old woman told police a 20-year-old Madison man was intoxicated and armed with a rifle and threatening to kill himself. Police Sgt. Ann Lehner said the man and woman knew each other.

At some point the two struggled for the rifle and the man fired the gun while the woman's right hand was over the muzzle, according to the report.

The woman was treated at a local hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound, police said.

Jeffrey C. Zhou was arrested on suspicion of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and taken to Dane County Jail.

Lehner said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident.

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

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Heroin use, after steadily decreasing through the early 2000s, is becoming more common, and in the last year led to an increased number of deaths due to overdose in both Dane County and across the nation.

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