The Brookings Institute releases a report ranking Madison one of the nation's worst carbon emitters. In a best-to-worst listing of the country's 100 largest urban areas, Madison places 81st, below Milwaukee and Minneapolis-St. Paul. The city's low ranking is primarily due to its dependence on coal.
Greg Francis, 52, of McFarland, is sentenced to 48 years in prison for repeated sexual assault of a child. Francis was a soccer coach and Boy Scout leader who gave teenage boys cash, drugs and alcohol in exchange for sex.
John Mulvihill, 57, is sentenced to two years in jail for breaking into a woman's apartment and trying to knock her unconscious with ether. Police says Mulvihill, a former UW-Madison lab worker, had a pattern of peeking into the windows of homes before the attack.
State Sen. Fred Risser (D-Madison) announces he will seek a 12th term. The 81-year-old Risser, already the nation's longest-serving state lawmaker, has been in the Legislature since 1956.
The Monona City Council approves an indoor smoking ban, to take effect June 1, 2009. No time like the future.
An arbitrator rules the Madison school district must reinstate four high school athletic directors, whose jobs were cut a year ago. The arbitrator says the district violated its union contract with the workers and must also compensate them for their lost wages, about $8,000 apiece.
The University of Wisconsin System announces a plan to hike tuition at its four-year schools by 5.5%. Tuition for undergraduate students at UW-Madison would rise by $348, to $6,678 for the next academic year; it's the second-lowest dollar increase in six years. The plan must now be approved by the Board of Regents.
The Madison Common Council decides to refer plans for a 48-room, four-story hotel on Monroe Street back to the Plan Commission. Ald. Julia Kerr, who represents the area, had appealed an earlier decision by the Plan Commission to approve the project because of questions about its deed restrictions.
David Worzala announces he's running for Dane County treasurer. Worzala, 42, is a current Dane County supervisor and a public policy consultant. The election for treasurer is in November.
Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk announces a $34 million initiative to expand a countywide emergency radio system, improving communication among emergency responders. The capital budget expense is the second-largest in Dane County history.
Compiled from local media