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Mallards ready to open 2015 season

The Madison Mallards open the 2015 Northwoods League season Tuesday night at Warner Park against Kalamazoo.

Manager Donnie Scott begins his third season with the Mallards. After winning the Northwoods League Championship in 2013, the Mallards finished in the middle of the pack last season.

Scott says he's ready to get to work and get back to that championship level.

"I know I can't wait for this thing to get started," Scott said. " I want to get out the gate. I mean I'd like to put a pretty good run together  right off the bat, try to win the first half.  And once they get comfortable with things, things really seem to start clicking."

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East side shooting leaves woman shot in both legs

A Madison woman in her 20s is recovering from gunshot wounds to her legs following a shooting on the city’s east side Wednesday night, according to Madison police.

The incident happened inside a vehicle near the 5100 block of Milwaukee Street about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, the shooting was possibly the result of an accidental discharge inside a car by someone familiar to the victim.

Police said the wounds are non-life-threatening, and there’s no indication of any threat to the public due to the shooting.

WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

Kelsey Johnson earns money by babysitting her neighbor's two children; it is her main source of income. She also earns a little money at home by cleaning her room, “which I hate,” she said.

Johnson just entered the sixth grade, and has had a savings account for four years. She banks through STAR (Save to Achieve Results) Credit Union, the only kids-chartered credit union in the world.

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Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

The Madison Metropolitan School District’s board of education delayed implementing changes Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham calls key to making the district's discipline policy, known as the Behavior Education Plan, work effectively.

Cheatham told board members based on staff, student, parent and community feedback, changes can be made to correct massive misunderstandings surrounding the BEP, such as disruptive or unsafe students being kept in classrooms and teachers being unable to ask students to leave their class.

The proposed changes include:

MPD: Man arrested for sex assault near school, suspected in another

A Madison man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault near East High School in April and is suspected in another incident the same day, Madison police said.

Micknvgm M. Keodouangsy, 32, was arrested Monday on a tentative charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child.

The two incidents were originally reported April 27 after two Madison students said they were groped in separate incidents.

Police said a couple of East High School students spotted a man following them near North Fourth Street and Johnson Street around 8:05 a.m. as they walked to school April 27. As they sped up, he grabbed one by the buttocks in a parking lot behind the school, police said.

Police respond to second shots-fired call over weekend

Madison police responded to a report of shots fired Saturday night, which was the second incident of reported gunfire over the weekend.

Officers were sent to the 500 block of Tompkins Drive around 10:35 p.m. where five shots were reportedly fired into a residence that was occupied, according to a release.

Police found five bullet holes and two shell casings. No one was injured in the incident, and no one has been arrested, officials said.

The first report of shots fired happened early Saturday morning when at least 10 bullet casings were found in an east Madison parking lot after people reported hearing gunshots in the area, police said.

Madison police said officers responded to numerous calls reporting shots fired at 3520 East Washington Ave. in the Prime Quarter restaurant parking lot just before 1 a.m. Saturday.