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Snuggle House continues to face obstacles before opening

Snuggle House continues to face obstacles before opening

Madison's first and only snuggling business faces another hurdle before opening its doors. In fact, it could be an issue that prevents the Snuggle House from opening at all.

Assistant City Attorney Jennifer Zilavy and Madison Police Lt. David McCaw walked through the Snuggle House facility Tuesday afternoon, specifically looking for safety concerns.

The Snuggle House was pitched to the city as a place where people could schedule an allotted amount of private time with a professional snuggler. In that time, the client can converse with the employee and cuddle.

Three female snugglers and one male snuggler have already been hired.

Zilavy said the business needs to submit proof of insurance before the city can move forward with licenses, permits and the certificate of occupancy. Once Snuggle House obtains insurance, Zilavy said it would be allowed to open.

Man adopts dog with secret sniffing ability

Man adopts dog with secret sniffing ability

There are thousands of successful adoption stories coming out of the Dane County Humane Society. Countless pets have found homes but News3 traveler Mark Koehn has a story not so much about adoption but about fate.

The story begins one morning this past July; Tim Stephenson was watching the news.

"I saw her on News3, the pet of the week. Then I hear a little bit of the stories that she's not really adoptable," Stephenson said.

Ten-year-old Sassy was brought to the news station but adoptees knew older dogs can sometimes be harder to place.

"Just because she's 10 years old and she has a few problems, it doesn't mean anything. I'm not going to let her die just because of all of that," said Stephenson.

Stephenson said he wasn't going to let her die just because she was 10 years old and had a few problems, but he expected to not have to keep up with such a fast pace.

B-cycle opens new location at Hilldale

B-cycle opens new location at Hilldale

B-cycle, a bike sharing program, has opened a new location in a retail shopping center on Madison’s near west side.

The new location inside Hilldale Mall is the first B-cycle location in a shopping center.

Madison has 34 B-cycle stations and 350 bikes people can rent, use and return. The majority of the stations are located downtown.

Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

Water Wagon pours H2O at area schools

As part of an effort to encourage healthy habits for kids, the city's "Water Wagon" will make stops at five Madison elementary schools in the next two weeks.

Madison Water Utility is taking its water unit to Chavez Elementary, Huegel Elementary, Van Hise Elementary and Marquette Elementary. The tour kicked off last week with a stop at Muir Elementary, the city said.

The Water Wagon tour is meant to promote healthy choices, like staying hydrated, as part of a challenge to students over two weeks to walk or bike to school, also called the Walk or Wheel Challenge.

Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Cancer survivor starts walk to raise awareness

Too many cancers are called the "silent killer" because so many of them show very little symptoms before diagnosis. Often, by then, it's too late.

It was six years ago that Fitchburg resident Jan McNally, then 44, saw the doctor about long-term symptoms. Doctors chose to look into her situation, and what was expected to be an exploratory surgery turned out to be ovarian cancer.

"I had told my kids, it was going to be a very simple, one-day surgery. I'd be home for dinner and everything would be fine," said McNally, "Well when he got in there, he realized my ovary was actually encapsulated with the cancer."

Jan was fortunate, in that she had a curable form of the disease with a very small likelihood of it metastasizing or recurring. She was able to beat the disease with the help of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center Gynecologic Oncology program, and five years later wanted to take her fight one step further.

Madison musician rescued from Colorado floods

Madison musician rescued from Colorado floods

Catastrophic flooding in Colorado stranded a Madison man and his family on vacation in the Big Thompson River Canyon.

Last week, the mountains north of Denver received an influx of rain that caused flash flooding in canyons. Mark Noxon was on a break from playing bass with his Madison-based group, the Mighty WheelHouse. He was spending time with family in the area that was ravaged by floodwaters. The unrelenting rain had washed out the road, leaving Noxon and his family stranded for three days.

"I never felt the way I felt last week when I was completely helpless," Noxon said. "There was no power, no nothing.  Just rationing food and water, surrounded by this raging river."

Rhett Miller to headline epilepsy org benefit

Rhett Miller to headline epilepsy org benefit

An organization created in honor of a man's son will hold an evening a music on the east side Thursday night.

A benefit concert will be held at the High Noon Saloon featuring Rhett Miller of the Old 97's, Miles Nielsen and Wynn Taylor. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and music begins at 7 p.m., organizers said.

Tickets are $20 at the door.

The Joey's Song organization, which was started by Mike Gomoll after the death of his son Joey in 2010, supports special needs kids and those suffering from seizures. The foundation raises money through CD's and concerts and donates the funds to charitable groups focused on seizure-related disorders.

Watch Gomoll discuss the concert and the mission of his son Joey's foundation: