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2008-08-06 12:00:57

By David Wahlberg, The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 6--Madison hospitals are adding eco-friendly touches to their food services, joining a growing number of hospitals treating food as "preventive medicine," a national group says. Meriter and St. Mary's have started buying produce from local farmers, and UW Hospital plans to do so soon, moves designed to offer healthier, fresher food to patients and workers. St. Mary's, which got rid of Styrofoam cups last year, stopped offering water...

2008-08-05 21:00:20

By The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 5--Wisconsin Public Power Inc., Sun Prairie, is buying 30 megawatts of wind energy from Barton Windpower, owner of a 40-turbine, 80-megawatt wind farm in Worth County, Iowa. The project, in north-central Iowa near the Minnesota border, is under construction and expected to be operating in December. That brings the total amount of wind power WPPI will be buying to 153.5 megawatts. WPPI provides electricity to 49 customer-owned utility companies in...

2008-08-05 21:00:16

By The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 5--Six airline flights were diverted from Chicago's O'Hare Airport to Dane County Regional Airport on Monday because of severe thunderstorms in the Chicago area. Two flights were diverted to Madison between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and were able to leave Madison about two hours later, said airport spokeswoman Sharyn Wisniewski. She said four other flights were diverted to Madison between 7:30 p.m. and midnight. Three were able to leave the same night...

2008-08-05 21:00:13

By The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 5--Why does Madison need a municipal swimming pool when it has so many lakes? Critics of a city pool were fond of asking that question over the last half century. Well, this summer is providing the clearest answer yet: Madison needs a pool because its lakes are in terrible shape. The city has closed a slew of public beaches this summer for days at a time because of blue-green algae that can produce toxic blooms. Warner Park and Spring Harbor...

2008-08-04 21:00:03

By Jason Wilde, The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 4--GREEN BAY -- Like a soon-to-be divorced couple with seemingly irreconcilable differences suddenly deciding to stick it out for the sake of the kids, the Green Bay Packers and Brett Favre are, improbably, staying together -- at least for now. After six weeks of ugly back-and-forth had the Packers and their iconic quarterback apparently headed for one of the most bitter partings of ways in modern sports history, the team did an abrupt...

2008-08-02 03:00:17

By Judy Newman, The Wisconsin State Journal Aug. 2--A group representing public access TV channels says "no deal" to Charter Communications' plan to move the channels high up in digital territory. Charter has said that in order to free up bandwidth to add six high-definition channels to its Madison-area lineup, the public, education and government (PEG) channels will be shifted to digital channels numbered 978 and above. In exchange, the local cable TV provider offered to publicize the...

2008-07-31 21:00:27

By Deborah Ziff, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 31--The Anders-Beatty family arrived home this afternoon to find their rickety farmhouse replaced by a 21st century 5-bedroom home, all while being filmed by ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Rochelle Anders, a first-grade teacher in Richland Center, and her children were chosen to be featured on the popular ABC television show. As the show's ritual requires, the crowd of hundreds yelled "Move that Bus! Move that Bus!" revealing...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

By The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 31--The Madison area has a lot of heart. Madison ranks third among 75 mid-sized cities nationally for volunteerism, according to a study released this week by the Corporation for National and Community Service. Being No. 3 is a great honor and tribute to the 189,000 people in Dane, Columbia and Iowa counties who donate 16.2 million hours of their time to deserving causes each year. Yet the region can do even better. Getting involved is easy, and...

2008-07-31 12:00:59

By Judy Newman, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 31--Wisconsin Power & Light 's proposal to build a coal- and biomass-fired power plant at Cassville would not be the least expensive option or the least polluting way to meet the Madison utility 's electricity needs, and it could disrupt an eagle-nesting area, mussels habitat and a culturally significant site, a state report shows. But the final environmental impact statement on the proposal, made public Tuesday, does not recommend for...

2008-07-30 12:01:16

By Devin Rose, The Wisconsin State Journal Jul. 30--To aid critically ill patients in need of round-the-clock care, UW Hospital unveiled a system Wednesday called the e-ICU that will allow physicians to remotely monitor patients' conditions with a camera, microphone and several computer screens. The electronic intensive-care unit monitoring system, which will be manned 24-7 by a critical-care nurse and physician, is able to monitor functions such as heart activity and blood pressure from...