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UW Health to offer free physicals for uninsured high school athletes

UW Health officials will be teaming up with the Dane County Sports Medicine Council to offer free physicals for high school athletes without insurance in the Dane County area.�

?For student-athletes who have no health insurance or very limited financial resources, this eliminates a hurdle to participation and ensures that they can stay active and do what they like to do,? said Joe Greene, athletic trainer and administrator with UW Health.

The free clinic is Wednesday, August 8 at the South Madison Health and Family Center at 2202 S. Park St.�

Organizers said parents should attend with their children and must be present for their child to receive immunizations. Parents also need to bring their child?s immunization records.�

Vehicle strikes pedestrian in Madison

A vehicle struck and injured a pedestrian on Madison's south side Wednesday.

Madison police said the vehicle was traveling inbound on South Park Street in the left lane and the pedestrian came from the east side of the street and was struck by the vehicle near West Lakeside Street at about 4:40 p.m.

Police said the 29-year-old pedestrian was transported to hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening.

Police said they are continuing to investigate.�

Father wants allegedly abused teen to testify

The Madison teen who wasted away to 68 pounds after her parents allegedly locked her in the basement and denied her food will almost certainly have to take the stand if her father and stepmother go to trial.

The father's lawyer filed motions this week asking that the girl be compelled to testify in person.

Attorney William Hayes wrote that having the girl testify live rather than by videotape allows his client his constitutional right to confront his accuser.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne declined Wednesday to go into specifics about his plans for that specific case. However, he said whenever he gets ready for a trial he makes sure all potential witnesses are prepared to take the stand.

The girl's father, stepmother and stepbrother all face child-abuse charges.�

Online court documents show Chritton's lawyer also filed a motion for a change of venue.�

The suspects are due back in court Aug. 31.

Hot, dry weather push road projects forward

It's the season for traffic projects, and this summer is no exception. There are a number of road work sites in and around Madison, and the drought has actually helped crews work ahead of schedule.

University Avenue is one of the spots where construction continues to dominate the street. By Halloween, there is scheduled to be two lanes on both sides of the road open to traffic, as well as bike lanes in both directions and a median. The project is about to enter stage four of five.

Chris Petykowski with the city of Madison's Engineering Department said road work is ahead of schedule at a number of sites across the city thanks to the heat.

"It's helped a lot. You can see all throughout the city, most of the projects have been finishing on time or earlier because there are just not very many rain days where they have to stop working," Petykowski said.

Interim chief of staff position created for Madison schools

On Dan Nerad's final day as the Madison school superintendent, the school board decided to hire an interim chief of staff.

The new position will report to Interim Superintendent Jane Belmore.

The board unanimously approved the $170,000 position, a school board member says. The salary will come from reallocated funds, not new taxpayer dollars.

The position is also temporary and the new superintendent can hire his or her own staff.

The interim chief of staff position includes coordinating the district achievement gap plan, alternative programs, and community partnerships.

Madison schools' interim superintendent talks with WISC-TV

Jane Belmore, a former teacher and principal, has taken over the Madison Metropolitan School District as its interim superintendent.

Belmore, who was most recently the dean of education at Edgewood College, told WISC-TV she would work to make structural changes to make the district "more nimble."

She also said there would be some challenges because she's made it clear that she doesn't want to permanently succeed outgoing superintendent Dan Nerad, whose last official day at the district is Friday. Belmore sat down with WISC-TV's Theo Keith to talk about upcoming challenges and opportunities for the district.

WISC-TV: You've left a good job at Edgewood College for a district that's been in the news. You'll know there's been some controversy around issues like the achievement gap. Why would you leave that position to come over here?

Dane Co. upgrading emergency warning system