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MacKenzie environmental education program could be cut

MacKenzie environmental education program could be cut

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' decision to restructure funding could put the MacKenzie Environmental Education Center's school programs on hold.

The Poynette facility plays host to thousands of students every year.

DNR officials acknowledge the value of MacKenzie's school-based environmental education, but the state is questioning whether the current curriculum can survive without addressing cost concerns.

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Shot fired at apartment nearly hits sleeping child

Madison police said a shot fired at an apartment building Wednesday night came close to striking a sleeping 9-year-old.

Numerous officers were sent to the 4300 block of Melody Lane at 11:07 p.m. for numerous reports of gunfire.

Police said a bullet went through the window of an apartment in the 2300 block of Independence Lane and became lodged in a wall. A 9-year-old was sleeping on the other side of the wall, according to police.

A man living in the 4300 block of Melody Lane told police there had been a dispute over a drug debt before the gunfire. Police said the apartment that was struck had nothing to do with the violence.

Witnesses told police the gunman was outside and might have fled in a van.

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Sprinkler stops fire at senior living facility

A sprinkler at an east side senior living facility helped prevent a major fire from happening at the facility Wednesday night, according to the Madison fire department.

Firefighters were called to the Trinity Senior Community facility in the 550 block of Burke Road just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the fire department, firefighters found a haze of smoke in the hallway when they arrived. But they also found an activated sprinkler head that helped keep the flames in check until firefighters arrived.

Fire officials estimate the blaze did around $4500 in property damage to the facility. However, all residents were escorted into another building while firefighters battled the blaze, and they were all allowed back into their rooms after the fire was extinguished.

Retailer, nonprofit team up for clothing drive

Retailer, nonprofit team up for clothing drive

Area stores collect used business wear for women   

A Baraboo clothier will hold a charity clothing drive to benefit business women with economic challenges.

The Dressbarn at the Tanger Factory Outlet is asking area folks to drop off unneeded, new or nearly new suits March 7-10. The donated items go to Dress for Success, a not-for-profit organization that helps women who cannot afford professional attire for job interviews.

A spokeswoman for the national Dressbarn stores said the program helps women gain economic stability.

"A woman's professional wardrobe, or lack thereof, should not deter her from entering the workforce," Veronica Valladares, Dressbarn's AVP of marketing.

Baraboo’s Dressbarn assistant manager Toni Danalache said Wednesday that contributors will receive coupons for each item donated during S.O.S. weekend.

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Stabbing leads to Madison woman's arrest

A Madison woman was arrested on suspicion of first-degree attempted homicide after an investigation into a November stabbing, according to police.

Police said a 56-year-old man came to a Madison hospital Nov. 20 suffering from a puncture wound to his chest. He told police the injury happened when he fell on the knife while cooking in his Springview Court home.

He later told police he had been stabbed by his domestic partner.

Kellie P. McCoy, 44, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree attempted homicide.

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Lawmaker wants mandate for officer-involved shooting investigations

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin says he's open to considering a new procedure for investigating officer-involved shootings.

Soglin answered questions from WISC-TV for the first time Tuesday about the investigation into a November shooting death at the hands of a Madison police officer.

His comments came as a Republican state lawmaker starts a legislative effort to take investigative power away from an involved officer's department after a shooting.

Soglin called a news conference to "correct misconceptions perpetuated in a recent news report," according to a release from the mayor?s office.

WISC-TV aired a story Monday about procedures used in Knoxville, Tenn. to review police shootings. Soglin declined comment in the story in an on-camera interview Monday.

In a phone call with WISC-TV later, he reiterated an earlier press release saying he was "receptive" to independent reviews when it came to other law enforcement agencies conducting investigations.

Knoxville's police review committee could be model for Madison

Knoxville's police review committee could be model for Madison

When a police officer fires shots in Knoxville, Tenn., police investigate but, unlike in Madison, the people have the power of review.

It started 18 years ago when, just like in Madison in recent months, police shootings divided the Knoxville community.

After Madison police cleared an officer who shot and killed Paul Heenan in November, some in Madison are asking why the city doesn't have independent oversight of police shootings.

Knoxville has a lot in common with Madison -- a major university, a bustling downtown and an engaged police department.

In her fifth-floor office in Knoxville's city-county building, Avice Reid gets several copies of the police department's internal investigation reviews a month.

Reid, who doesn't wear a badge, is the executive director of Knoxville's Police Advisory Review Committee and can do everything from interviewing officers to watching squad car dash cams