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Voter ID efforts focus on students, seniors

Preparations continue for a November election with voter ID, with special efforts focused on University of Wisconsin students and senior citizens.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said Monday that a number of ideas are on the table to try to make sure city residents can vote and don't have to stand in long lines on Election Day.

Soglin was joined by the Madison city clerk and other city staff for a news conference letting city residents know about 34 locations they can register to vote Tuesday on National Voter Registration Day.

Soglin also told reporters he's considering busing senior citizens to DMV locations to get IDs and having city staff spend part of Election Day working at the polls.

Construction detours interstate to Beltline traffic overnight

Beltline construction projects will cause several new traffic patterns starting this week, including a detour for northbound interstate traffic heading to the Beltline.

The northbound Interstate 39/90 exit to the westbound Beltline will be closed 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. nightly through Thursday, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

Signs will direct drivers to the detour route, which will use Highway 30 to Highway 51/Stoughton Road, officials said.

The eastbound Beltline exit ramp to Greenway Boulevard will be closed starting Wednesday for approximately a week, according to the release.

And Monday morning, the Old Sauk Road ramp to the eastbound Beltline reopened.

City?s organics pilot program will continue

A pilot program geared toward recycling organic material in Madison will move forward after city officials approved funding for a new piece of equipment.

The Madison Streets Division has been given the funding to purchase a screen that will be used to remove non-compostable plastics from material being collected in the organics pilot program, according to a release.

?We are extremely grateful for the support of the common council and the mayor in approving the funds we need to purchase a screen,? Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release. ?The screen will enable us to continue the current program and move forward with our expansion plans.?

The Streets Division previously announced plans to suspend the pilot program on Sept. 30 because of problems with non-compostable plastics.

Police: Driver hits vehicle, charged with 5th drunken driving

A 36-year-old man was charged with a fifth drunken driving offense after police said he hit another vehicle in an east Madison intersection early Saturday.

The Madison Police Department said Cory Floyd of Chicago was driving on North Stoughton Road at 12:50 a.m. when hit collided with another vehicle while making a left turn onto East Washington Avenue.

According to the reported, Floyd was intoxicated and taken to Dane County Jail.

Man shot in attempted armed robbery, police say

A Madison man was shot in the thigh in what police believe was an attempted armed robbery early Sunday morning, officials said.

Just before 1 a.m. Madison police responded to a report of shots fired in the 4300 block of Melody Lane on the east side, according to a release.

A 24-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound to his upper thigh, authorities said. He was taken to a local hospital where he is being treated for a non-life-threatening wound.

A preliminary investigation at the scene determined the victim was confronted by a man near a parking lot in what may have been a robbery attempt, police said.

The investigation into the shooting continues. The only description available of the shooter is that he was last seen wearing a T-shirt pulled over his face and he had a handgun.

Same woman first in line for iPhone 6 as last year's iPhone 5S launch

People lined up outside stores like AT&T, Best Buy and Apple around Madison, waiting to get their hands on a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The phones were made available in stores Friday.

Edna Miller was first in line at AT&T on the city's west side. She arrived at 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Because I want to leave right away. I want to be done. I don't know, maybe because I just want to be first in line," said Miller, laughing when asked why she stayed overnight.

This was Miller's second time being first in line for the newest iPhone at this location. She started the line last year when the iPhone 5S hit stores.

Employees underwent multiple practice sessions to prepare for this day. Many stores opened early at 8 a.m.

A spokesperson with AT&T said this year's enhancements include size, a faster processing chip and improved HD camera are some of the reasons why consumers were anxious to purchase the new smartphones.

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Numerous construction projects in and around Madison are prompting state transportation officials to ask fans to expect delays getting to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

Work on the Beltline will be on hold for five hours before and after the game, but lane shifts, ramp closures and reduced speeds are still likely to cause delays. Alternate routes are also likely to have extra game day traffic.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends motorists plan for additional time to get to their destination.

State highway projects in the greater Madison area include:

Madison Beltline

·         Lane shifts in both directions between Middleton and I-39/90

·         US 14 ramp to westbound Beltline is open