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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.

QB Rodgers comes to UW for good cause

QB Rodgers comes to UW for good cause

Star power came together on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to raise awareness about the Congo.

Emmanuelle Chriqui, an actress from the TV show Entourage, and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers were at the Memorial Union Terrace on Monday night thanks to The Enough Project and UW?s student chapter of the Conflict Free Campus Initiative.

Their goal is to bring peace in Congo where blood diamonds help fund brutal wars and children are often kidnapped and trained as soldiers.

Rodgers spoke about how students can urge companies that make the electronics they use often, like cellphone, to use materials that do not come from conflict zones.

?We can say to those tech companies and those people, we want to live in a world where our electronics do not fund rape and war,? Rodgers said.

The Conflict Free Campus Initiative is currently on more than 150 college campuses across the country.

Award-winning journalist is first WUD lecture speaker of year

Award-winning journalist is first WUD lecture speaker of year

The first speaker of the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series this year is award-winning journalist Michele Norris, according to a release.

Norris will be speaking Monday in Varsity Hall at Union South at 7:30 p.m., according to the release. Tickets are not required to attend the free event.

Norris has more than two decades of experience and is currently a host and special correspondent for National Public Radio, organizers said. Previously, she served as co-host for NPR’s All Things Considered, public radio’s longest-running national program, with Robert Siegel and Melissa Block. Norris hosted from 2002 to 2012.

She released her first book, “The Grace of Silence: A Memoir,” in September 2013, according to the release. It focused on how America talks about race in the wake of Barack Obama’s presidential election and explores her own family’s racial legacy.

State well represented in UW-Madison freshman class

State well represented in UW-Madison freshman class

The incoming freshman class at the University of Wisconsin-Madison boasts the most Wisconsin residents in 12 years.

This year's class includes 3,837 students from Wisconsin, according to figures released Thursday. That's the largest number of state residents since the incoming class of 2001, which had 3,947 Wisconsin residents.

The university says the percentage of Wisconsin residents who were offered admission increased 9.5 percent over last year.

This year's freshman class of 6,339 students is also the largest in the school's history.

Students hail from every county in Wisconsin, from 45 states and Washington, D.C., and from 34 countries.

Competitive eating helps UW student pay for school

Competitive eating helps UW student pay for school

A University of Wisconsin student with a nickname of "Silo" is eating his way through school competitively.

Computer engineering student Eric Dahl ranks No. 3 in the world of competitive eating as determined by All Pro Eating rankings. He's earned more than $18,000 in prize money or merchandise to help pay for his education. Dahl's first paycheck came from Dickey's Barbecue Pit in suburban Minneapolis. He earned $250 for inhaling nine pulled-pork sandwiches in 6 minutes.

Dahl walks a few miles a day, lifts weights twice a week and plays intramural soccer and hockey to maintain his 220-pound weight. The State Journal reported "Silo" will try to win $1,000 at a national pizza-eating contest on Library Mall at UW-Madison Saturday.

Dahl appeared on News 3 This Morning on Friday.

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Police: 2 arrested for alleged armed robbery, shot fired ID'd

Police: 2 arrested for alleged armed robbery, shot fired ID'd

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Madison police said two 17-year-olds were arrested in connection to reports of a shot fired Wednesday evening near 124 Langdon St. in downtown Madison.

A 19-year-old told police he was robbed at gunpoint in the 100 block of West Gilman Street around 6:20 p.m., officials said. He said the robber took his backpack, wallet and keys.

Police believe someone who knew the man chased the robber on foot as he headed towards Langdon Street, according to a release. One round was fired in the 100 block of Langdon Street by one of the robbers.

"We've got witnesses that see this suspect, the one that fired the round, run towards Lake Mendota. Later we have a police dog that tracks and we recover the backpack that was stolen, the handgun and some other evidence," said Joel DeSpain, Madison police public information officer.

UW, city ask for resident help on Library Mall design

UW, city ask for resident help on Library Mall design

After almost two years of construction, Madison residents and UW students are finally getting a glimpse of what a new State Street Mall could look like.

UW held an open meeting tonight at the Memorial Union asking for public input and answering questions for multiple designs. Plans for the joint space between the 700 block of State Street and Park Street were explained to about a dozen people.

According to Madison's Principle Planner, Bill Fruhling, the last two blocks of State Street are under city jurisdiction. Everything west, is owned by the University.

Residents and students have asked more lights be put in to make the mall safer at night. Fruhling said there are also plans to add a bike lane and more shade for pedestrians. He added there will also be a new design to manage food cart lines.