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Madison Water Utility crews brace for broken water mains

With temperatures set to drop below zero midweek, Madison Water Utility repair crews are preparing for a long and cold week.

"I'm going to pack a bigger lunch and probably hope that we're going to be here a little bit longer than an average eight-hour day," said Troy Coogan, an MWU employee.

While this week will likely be a busy one for repair crews, this year has been a relatively slow one so far.

"Last year we had something like 250 main breaks in the first three months of 2014. This year we're sitting right around three dozen," said Amy Barrilleaux, public information officer for MWU.

Repair crews responded to three water main breaks Monday and were investigating a possible fourth. With temperatures expected to fall below zero by midweek, MWU crews are asking for help from the public.

"The biggest thing is if people come across water running down the road they need to call our phone number," Coogan said.

Soglin, Resnick come out swinging after winning primary

Current Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and Madison Alder Scott Resnick came out swinging Tuesday night, as the race to be the next mayor of Madison entered a new phase.

Soglin and Resnick beat out former Alder Bridget Maniaci, Richard Brown and Christopher Daly in Tuesday's primary election. Soglin got 53 percent of the votes, and Resnick got 23 percent.

"While all of us deserve to celebrate tonight, come tomorrow it's going to be time to get back to work because I have news for you, we are in striking distance and we're going to make sure I will be elected the next mayor of Madison, Wisconsin," Resnick said Tuesday night.

Soglin said he expects a very tough campaign, and immediately went on the offensive Tuesday. He accused Resnick of supporting the Koch brothers agenda by supporting Uber's push into Madison.

Protesters decry Walker budget cuts at UW-Madison rally

Several hundred University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty and staffers braved subzero temperatures to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut $300 million over the next two years from the UW system.

They rallied on campus Saturday on the fourth anniversary of the beginning of large-scale demonstrations against a Walker plan that eliminated collective bargaining rights for most of Wisconsin's public employees.

Protester Yogesh Chawla says the UW system is the economic engine of Wisconsin, so cutting it will hurt the entire state.

UW-Madison police estimated the crowd at between 500 and 600. Many protesters carried signs with slogans such as "Bucky is burning mad" and "Walker is heartless."
Walker and his supporters describe the cuts as a modest 2.5 percent decline in overall support for the UW system.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

'Fifty Shades of Grey' movie draws protests

Outside of the Marcus Point Theater on Madison's west side, Mary Jo Walters unloaded a piece of red poster board out of her trunk.

"The main thing is to show up at all. I think it's really important for us to go out into public and speak about women and violence," Walters said.

One hour before the first showing of "Fifty Shades of Grey," Walters set up with her sign.

"A ban of the movie would be great," Walters said.

Based on a sexually charged book, Walters said the plot of the erotic novel is more like a horror story than anything romantic. She said the violence and abuse portrayed in it doesn't empower women or portray an accurate depiction of love.

"I don't think it should be promoted as a love story that's seen as a gift basket for Valentine's Day," Walters said.

On the other side of town, Ellen Barnard runs a small shop filled with lingerie and other items meant to add to someone's sex life. She also lectures on the touchy topic.

WATCH: Madison natives discuss current state of civil rights

As the nation celebrates Black History Month and honor those who fought for civil rights, the current fight for racial justice is also on many people's minds.

WATCH as News 3 Reporter Velena Jones sat down with lifelong residents of the Madison community to get their take on how we have improved in Madison and where the community needs to go next.

Phone scam asks for donations for Shop with a Cop

Phone scam asks for donations for Shop with a Cop

A phone scammer claiming to be with Shop with a Cop might be soliciting for donations from residents in several communities throughout Dane County.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office said Friday that Shop with a Cop doesn't solicit funds by telephone. The program seeks donations by letter between July and December. The letters are mailed or hand-delivered to Dane County businesses from several area law enforcement agencies.

The agencies currently participating include the Dane County Sheriff's Office and the police departments in Madison, Middleton, Monona, Oregon, town of Madison, University of Wisconsin and Waunakee.

Donors can also contribute via the organization's website, www.shopwithacopdanecounty.org, or at any Madison Credit Union location.

Anyone with questions about the authenticity of a solicitation from Shop with a Cop is asked to contact the agency mentioned in the letter.

Longest married couple in Madison celebrates 76 years

A Middleton couple's marriage has withstood several decades and was recognized this week.

Veronica and Donald Harrop of Middleton are the longest-married couple in the Madison diocese. They received a certificate Wednesday noting their 76th wedding anniversary.

Donald Harrop said there are a few things that he believes has helped the marriage last.

"We believe in the Lord, go to church, and love each other," Donald Harrop said.