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Colleges shift to part-time contract instructors

Peter Nelson worked in information technology for 20 years before leaving the business world to pursue what he calls his "truest love" " teaching. He has now taught mathematics at Madison College for 13 years and considers it his career. Yet Nelson remains a part-time faculty member, or adjunct. He has applied three times for a full-time position, which would also give him access to benefits, but has not made the final cut. "There are just not a lot of those jobs available," he says. >More
 Cheers at UW campus watch parties turn to heartbreak as Badgers lose to Kentucky Wildcats in Final Four

Wisconsin fans arrived as early as noon to get a good seat in the Sett at Union South to watch the Final Four matchup between the Badgers and Kentucky Wildcats. By tipoff time at 8 p.m. the place was packed. >More
 Madison police are prepared to ticket unlicensed Lyft and Uber drivers

Madison police say they are ready to issue tickets to drivers who work for such unlicensed rideshare app services as Lyft and Uber. "I urge that all drivers stop activities to avoid the citations which run close to $700 apiece for the violation," Madison Police Department Captain Carl Gloede said at the end of a public hearing Wednesday night before the city's Transit and Parking Commission. >More
 Festivals and concerts in Central Park concerns some neighbors on Madison's near east side

Festivals were always part of the grand scheme for Madison's Central Park but now that the space is under construction, some neighbors have concerns about loud music and unruly visitors. >More
 Rideshare app Lyft launches in Madison without required licensing

Though unlicensed transportation companies are currently prohibited under city law, the rideshare app Lyft launched Friday in Madison. The company is launching its Pioneer program in Madison, says spokesperson Paige Thelen. For the first couple weeks of Lyft's operation in the city, anyone who downloads the Lyft app receives two weeks' worth of free rides, she says. >More
 Mobile app rideshare company Lyft eyes Madison amidst regulatory hurdles

A mobile app rideshare company might be setting its sights on Madison. Lyft recently put up ads on Facebook and other social media looking for drivers in the Madison area. >More
 City committee approves buffer zone for Madison health clinics

When Wendi Kent got pregnant at age 13, she turned to Planned Parenthood for prenatal care. But after a few months, she scraped together some money to go to another clinic so she could avoid the harassment she faced outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, Texas, where she lived at the time. "I was harassed all three or four times that I went there for prenatal care,” says Kent. >More
 Judge Doyle Square panel green-lights JDS proposal for new downtown Madison hotel

Madison is one step closer to hosting a second convention center hotel. A city committee voted unanimously Monday night to move forward with the plan proposed by JDS Development to develop the two blocks next to Monona Terrace. >More
 How about a cafe on the Yahara River Parkway?

Madison will look to the Yahara River waterfront in the coming weeks as it considers plans to redevelop the scenic, open space into a hub for recreation and development. The Yahara River, which links lakes Mendota and Monona, runs about a mile across the isthmus. Roughly 50 feet of green space on either side make up the public Yahara River Parkway. >More
 DNR says no major problems reported during 2013 trapping and expanded hunting seasons in Wisconsin state parks

Trapping in Wisconsin state parks was allowed for the first time in 2013. Now, after one April season and one mid-November season of trapping and expanded hunting in most state parks, the Department of Natural Resources is holding hearings on making the rules, enacted under emergency orders last year, permanent. >More
 High-income parents in Wisconsin already get a break on child support

News broke last week that a wealthy donor to Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) helped draft legislation that would have capped at $150,000 the annual income upon which child support payments are based. Kleefisch has since pulled the bill. In a statement Tuesday he said the bill had run into "misinformation." >More
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