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Planned burns on public lands for spring 2014

The Department of Natural Resources will be conducting burn on public lands this spring in south central Wisconsin, they said in a statement.

All planned burns are weather dependent. Crews are unsure if they will complete all panned burns this season, the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources said.

DNR biologists will start their spring burning schedule as weather permits. Typically, the spring burning season begins in April and extends into mid-May but local weather conditions can lead to an earlier start or a later finish to burning efforts. Burns not completed this spring may be done next fall or winter.

"Controlled or prescribed burning is an ecological and economical method of limiting exotic and unwanted brush invasions that crowd out native vegetation," the state DNR said.

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Police plan for possible Badger victory

Madison police plan to have extra officers available as the Wisconsin Badgers play for a shot at making the NCAA Final Four.

Madison police and University of Wisconsin police are asking fans to have fun but be responsible, respectful and safe.

Police said they don?t anticipate any problems.

Police: Man who exposed himself while peeping turns himself in

A man Madison police were looking for in connection to a peeping incident turned himself in to police on Friday.

Joseph A Kempen, 28, of Madison, was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious behavior and disorderly conduct.

A woman, in her 30s, who lives in the 200 block of Mifflin Street, reported the incident Tuesday morning.

A man was spotted exposing himself while he was peeping in the window of her apartment.

An image of the man was released Friday morning. Kempen later arrived at a police station.

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UW-Madison students want to talk about race

A new photo campaign at the University of Wisconsin-Madison features students calling for serious conversations about racial inclusivity on campus.

The "I, too, am UW-Madison" Tumblr site was started by the school's Asian American Student Union, namely by member Claire Zhuang.

Zhuang acknowledged talking about race is hard, but the Chinese American from Appleton and her student group want to talk about it.

"To show that sometimes these things that are being said really hurt people and affect their days and affect how we see ourselves," said Zhuang when asked about what the purpose of the site was.

The campaign has been in the works for roughly two weeks and stemmed from a similar one at Harvard called "I, too, am Harvard." Their campaign highlighted the faces and voices of black students.

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

City: Pothole season will be longer, not as severe

Madison potholes will become more prevalent as the weather warms up, and the city is already racing to fill more than 15,000 of them.

The cold and the rain put stress on the roads, causing potholes to pop up all over the city.

George Dreckmann with the Madison Streets Division said the year's winter will make the season longer, but that doesn't necessarily mean more potholes.

"Because the frost went so deep this year, the thawing is going to take a little bit longer and that means the pothole season is going to spread out, but it's not going to be quite as severe," Dreckmann said.

The city will temporarily fill potholes and then finish with something more permanent in the summer. They said they'll try to fill them within 24 hours of being reported.

Delays expected during East Johnson Street utility work

Delays expected during East Johnson Street utility work

Utility companies will start installing buried facilities on East Johnson Street at Butler, Hamilton and Livingston streets on Monday, according to a release.

The project scheduled to start on Monday is in addition to the East Johnson Street reconstruction project that has preliminary start date of May 6, officials said.

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Woman uses tracking technology to find stolen iPhone

Madison police said a 23-year-old woman used tracking technology to find her stolen iPhone.

The downtown resident told police she used her laptop to track her phone to a Fitchburg home after it was stolen around 2 a.m. from Genna?s Cocktail Lounge at 105 W. Main St. on March 22, according to a release.

The 23-year-old rode with officers to the home where a 29-year-old said he found the phone early last Saturday morning on a sidewalk near a hotel, officials said. He later told police he found it in a bathroom at Genna?s.

While the 29-year-old had the iPhone, he sent a friend request to the woman?s Facebook account and used her phone to accept the request, according to the release. The woman said she does not know the man, and the officer told him to not have contact with her.

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