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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:

Madison Beltline

·         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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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.

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.

Madison reaches top of 100 best places to live list

Madison has reached the top of Livability?s 2015 list of the Top 100 Places to Live.
The website announced the rankings on its website on Monday.

Madison ranked fifth on the list last year.

Mayor Paul Soglin told Liveability.com that he wasn?t satisfied with the No. 5 ranking and convened a task force to determine how to improve the ranking and make Madison a more livable place.

"I think the way we respect this award is to not simply accept a first place ranking, but to set a goal of everyone in our community being happy and believing that they live in the best place in the country," Soglin said.

Livability makes the rankings based on the local economy, health, housing, civic engagement, education, amenities, diversity and infrastructure. Madison has appeared in previous Livability rankings for top college town, foodie city and top music destination.