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Bullets strike residence with mom, children inside

Bullets struck a parked car and a residence where a mother and her children were inside sleeping early Friday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the 4700 block of Crescent Road at 1:23 a.m. after several callers reported hearing gunshots. Police said shell casings were found outside a duplex.

The 41-year-old woman told police she didn’t know why someone would shoot at her home. Her 16-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter were home at the time. No one was injured.

A police dog was brought to the scene, but no suspects were located.

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Chief, coalition members debate policing in south Madison

Chief, coalition members debate policing in south Madison

Madison police Chief Mike Koval and members of the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition, which seeks to call attention to what they say are racial disparities in policing, debated at a public forum held Thursday at the Catholic Multicultural Center on Madison's south side.

The forum was the last in a series of community meetings held by Koval throughout the city.

In a crowded room, members of the YGB repeatedly accused Madison police of racial profiling.

“Most white people and most people that work in the system are conditioned to think less of us, and assume that we're inferior, which leads to an arrest ratio of 8-1,” said Brandi Grayson of YGB during the forum.

Eric Upchurch, also with YGB, said “your parents and your parents' parents had the belief that we were undeserving people, and innately they passed that down to you.”

Zoo announces new polar bears

The Henry Vilas Zoo announced the addition of two polar bears to the new "Arctic Passage" exhibit set to open this summer.

Suka and Sakari are 2 1/2-year-old twins that will come from the Como Zoo in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Once they arrive, the Henry Vilas Zoo will house two of only 60 polar bears in Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited zoos in North America.

A release from the zoo states that the new exhibit is designed to meet or exceed "the most stringent standards in bear care."

The Arctic Passage exhibit is on schedule to open Memorial Day weekend.  About $270,000 is still needed to pay for the project.

WATCH: Cold-weather zoo visits worth bundling up

There's no hibernating for Henry Vilas Zoo; the zoo is open 365 days a year and even in the middle of a Wisconsin winter, there are many reasons to take a stroll through the exhibits.

WATCH Leah Linscheid's report on winter-loving zoo critters.

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Moonlight Movie Series to premiere in late February with "Frozen"

The Madison Parks Moonlight Movie Series will start Feb. 27 with a showing of the movie "Frozen."

Residents are encouraged to bring their families and blankets to Tenney Park for the movie showing at 6 p.m.

The movie showings will continue with other family-friendly classics, like "Battleship" and "The Incredibles," in the coming months at various Madison parks.

Madison Parks, Madison Mallards, the Madison Parks Foundation present the event, which is sponsored by Zimbrick Honda.

Worker dies after masonry collapse

One person was injured and later died when a concrete wall fell at a construction site on John Nolen Drive in Madison early Friday.

The accident occurred at about 7:38 a.m. in the 1100 block of John Nolen Drive and was reported as an entrapment. Firefighters said workers were working on a stairwell when it collapsed.

Workers had cleared the rubble and the man was unconscious when authorities arrived.

The man had no visible injuries, but he might have suffered internal injuries.

The worker was taken to UW Hospital. The Dane County Medical Examiner confirmed later that the man died.

The accident happened at the Watermark Lofts, which is scheduled to open this summer with apartments and retail space. It's being built at the site of a building that was destroyed by a large fire in 2012.

Madison police are investigating the cause of the collapse.

Madison Water Utility crews brace for broken water mains

With temperatures set to drop below zero midweek, Madison Water Utility repair crews are preparing for a long and cold week.

"I'm going to pack a bigger lunch and probably hope that we're going to be here a little bit longer than an average eight-hour day," said Troy Coogan, an MWU employee.

While this week will likely be a busy one for repair crews, this year has been a relatively slow one so far.

"Last year we had something like 250 main breaks in the first three months of 2014. This year we're sitting right around three dozen," said Amy Barrilleaux, public information officer for MWU.

Repair crews responded to three water main breaks Monday and were investigating a possible fourth. With temperatures expected to fall below zero by midweek, MWU crews are asking for help from the public.

"The biggest thing is if people come across water running down the road they need to call our phone number," Coogan said.