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Police investigating morning gas station robberies

Two Madison gas stations were robbed Saturday morning within four hours, according to police. The robberies took place about four miles apart, though police said they are not yet sure if the incidents are related.

One robbery took place at the PDQ on West Broadway about 7 a.m. Lt. Stephanie Bradley Wilson, a spokeswoman for the Madison Police Department, said a black man in his 30s showed the PDQ clerk a gun and demanded money.

Another robbery took place about four miles south at the BP gas station on Atwood Avenue at 11 a.m. Wilson could not confirm details about the suspect in the BP incident but said more information would be released later today.

Wilson said police investigating the two robberies are not yet sure if they are related.

WPS Health Insurance to lose 600 jobs

One of Madison?s largest employers announces it?s laying-off several hundred employees.

According to information released late Friday, WPS Health Insurance will eliminate about 600 jobs. Employees will start getting notices this month and layoffs will continue in phases over the next year.

In all, 280 positions will be cut at the Madison location, and another 250 in Wausau, according to an e-mail sent to WPS employees. Wausau Mayor Jim Tipple says, he?s confident many of the employees who were laid off will find other jobs within the city.

Only 50 jobs will remain at the Wausau location, where the news hit especially hard. Over the phone, other officials there say three other major businesses have recently closed, taking about 1,000 other jobs with them.

Early voting wraps up with big turnout

Early voting wraps up with big turnout

Early voting wrapped up across Wisconsin Friday evening, and the turnout was significant in and around Madison.

While most clerks' offices shut their doors to early voters at 5 p.m., Madison stretched its deadline to 7 p.m. Everyone who was in line at that time could get in to cast a ballot, and in the end, 2,395 people came out to the polls in Madison on Friday.

Man threatens woman with knife

A 33-year-old Madison man threatened a 28-year-old woman with a knife on the south side Thursday, according to police.

Thomas Jackson was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct while armed and felony bail jumping.

The incident happened on Cypress Way at about 5 p.m. The victim, told police the suspect -- someone she is acquainted with -- told her he would kill her. The incident stemmed from an earlier dispute, though police did not indicate the issue from the earlier quarrel.

Jackson was out on bail when the incident took place, police said. A court order forbade him to possess weapons or alcohol; police said Jackson had a knife and a bottle of gin in his pockets.

Jackson denied using the knife to threaten the woman.

Woman knocked out with crutch, police say

Police said a Madison woman used a crutch to knock another woman unconscious in a fight that broke out during a Thursday evening gathering on the south side.

Diana Walker, 48, hit another Madison woman, 29, in the head with the crutch at a Moorland Road apartment after a dispute escalated into a ?wrestling match,? police said.

The younger woman allegedly suffered a cut above her eye and received stitches at a hospital.

The report also alleged both women were intoxicated.

Walker was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to property and battery.

Dane Co. dealing with bacterial infection

Dane County health officials are dealing with an outbreak of bacterial infection.

Eighteen cases of Shigellosis have been reported in the county since Sept. 20. That's one fewer case than all of last year.

The bacterial infection is associated with consuming water or food contaminated with fecal matter. Most of the Dane County cases are in children and young adults. Only one person sickened has been older than 40.

The disease can cause fever, stomach cramps and diarrhea. Health officials are advising people to wash their hands and stay home if they are ill.

Red Cross blood donation schedule

Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available during a disaster, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver?s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.