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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.

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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.

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

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Neighborhood conference stresses connection and community

Neighborhood conference stresses connection and community

Arbor Hills and Leopold residents talk about successful projects at Neighborhood Conference

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Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Heroin use, after steadily decreasing through the early 2000s, is becoming more common, and in the last year led to an increased number of deaths due to overdose in both Dane County and across the nation.

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MPD chief to hold 2 community forums next week

Madison Police Chief Mike Koval will be holding two community forums in the South Police District next week.

The forums are for Koval to hear directly from the people of Madison on anything they want to share about the Madison Police Department and safety in the community, according to a release.

The first meeting will be Monday from 6-7 p.m. in the Villager Mall Community Room at 2234 S. Park St. The Monday night meeting will be held in conjunction with the South Madison Planning Council meeting.

The second meeting will be Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. in Predolin Hall/Anderson Auditorium on the Edgewood College Campus at 1000 Edgewood College Drive.