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Fake utility scams employee out of $850

Fake utility scams employee out of $850

Police said a Madison south employee lost $850 last week to scammers pretending to represent a local utility company. 

The Madison Police Department said a La Movida employee received a phone call at 11 a.m. Friday from people claiming to be with Madison Gas & Electric. The callers told the 24-year-old that La Movida was two months behind on the company electric bill and services would be cut in 24 hours if it did not receive payment. 

The scammer told the 24-year-old employee to load funds on prepaid Green Dot cards, then give the card numbers to the fake utility representative. After the employee provided the money through the cards, the scammers called again saying more money was needed. 

The employee then called police to report the fraud. 

La Movida is at 1823 S. Park St. 

Health care program recognized for work treating MS

During March, which is multiple sclerosis awareness month, an area health care program is recognized by a national group for its services related to treating the disease.

The Dean Multiple Sclerosis Program, which is housed within the Dean Neurological Institute & Spine Center, was recognized as a center for comprehensive MS care through the National MS Society's Partners in MS Care program. The recognition is part of a push for access to an array of medical, psycho-social and rehabilitation services to address the varied and often complex issues related to living with MS, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system. 

The recognition honors Dean's coordinated, comprehensive MS care and a continuing partnership with the National MS Society to address the challenges of people affected by MS.

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

Supporters: Despite spills, manure digesters make positive impact

In November, a pipe ruptured on Dane County's community manure digester, which converts cow waste into power. About 360,000 gallons of manure flowed through a dry ravine, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources spokesman Bob Manwell. The spill entered a creek and reached the village of Waunakee, located more than two miles away, bringing with it an odor.

"As far as environmental damages, there was no immediate fish kill, which is a good sign," Manwell said. About 90 percent of the spill was cleaned up within a week, he said, but some of the spill, located in areas unreachable by equipment, remains.

"We're not saying there were no damages," Manwell said. "This is going to take some time, and we'll continue to monitor to see what impacts there may be."

$24M pavilions to replace Alliant Energy Center's barns

$24M pavilions to replace Alliant Energy Center's barns

Dane County will replace the Alliant Energy Center’s barns with multi-use pavilions in a $24 million project set to begin early next year.

Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said Tuesday that the county will award a Middleton construction company a nearly $20.7 million contract to build the pavilions. 

The project is pending funding approval from the Wisconsin State Building Commission and the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

Middleton-based Miron Construction will build the pavilions that will create 290,000 square feet of multi-use space on the footprint of the Alliant Energy Center’s existing barns, according to a news release from Parisi’s office.

Demolition of the barns is expected to begin next year, with the project’s estimated completion in time for the 2014 World Dairy Expo.

St. Mary's receives accolade for care

St. Mary’s Hospital was named one of the nation's 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals in a study that focuses on care. It was the only hospital in the state of Wisconsin to receive the award from Truven Health Analytics.

The Truven Health 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals study evaluated performance in areas like risk-adjusted mortality, complications, process of care and 30-day readmission rates. This is the 15th year of the study.

The winning hospitals were announced in the Nov. 4 edition of "Modern Healthcare" magazine.

Local food options open in Dane County Airport

Local food options open in Dane County Airport

Local options to grab a bite to eat have grown at the Dane County Airport.

The new Metcalfe's "Local To Go" Market opened Monday alongside the Great Dane and a recently re-branded and expanded Ancora Coffee as food options at the airport.

"It's important to have these here. This introduces people to the personality of our county with some of our restaurants and one of our themed coffee shops. It also is a nice place for people either leaving or coming who live here," said Dane County Executive Joe Parisi.

The additions are part of a $250,000 investment.

The market and the second-floor Ancora can be found near gates 7 and 8. There's also an Ancora before the security check.

Madison park project goes back to drawing board

Madison park project goes back to drawing board

It's back to the drawing board for those creating a vision for Madison's Public Market.

Mayor Paul Soglin said the project may not be downtown and everything is back on the table. Soglin introduced a new consultant Tuesday who's beginning a new business plan for the proposed park.

Developing a new business plan could take six to eight months.

"We want to find a place for this that fits the vision and the program of uses and activities, and actual elements that will be in the market. We want a place that supports that," said Steve Davies, senior vice president of Project for Public Spaces.

The public will be invited to weigh in on the consultant's review, which is expected to cost $250,000.