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City?s organics pilot program will continue

A pilot program geared toward recycling organic material in Madison will move forward after city officials approved funding for a new piece of equipment.

The Madison Streets Division has been given the funding to purchase a screen that will be used to remove non-compostable plastics from material being collected in the organics pilot program, according to a release.

?We are extremely grateful for the support of the common council and the mayor in approving the funds we need to purchase a screen,? Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release. ?The screen will enable us to continue the current program and move forward with our expansion plans.?

The Streets Division previously announced plans to suspend the pilot program on Sept. 30 because of problems with non-compostable plastics.

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Same woman first in line for iPhone 6 as last year's iPhone 5S launch

People lined up outside stores like AT&T, Best Buy and Apple around Madison, waiting to get their hands on a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The phones were made available in stores Friday.

Edna Miller was first in line at AT&T on the city's west side. She arrived at 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Because I want to leave right away. I want to be done. I don't know, maybe because I just want to be first in line," said Miller, laughing when asked why she stayed overnight.

This was Miller's second time being first in line for the newest iPhone at this location. She started the line last year when the iPhone 5S hit stores.

Employees underwent multiple practice sessions to prepare for this day. Many stores opened early at 8 a.m.

A spokesperson with AT&T said this year's enhancements include size, a faster processing chip and improved HD camera are some of the reasons why consumers were anxious to purchase the new smartphones.

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Badger fans asked to plan for traffic delays

Numerous construction projects in and around Madison are prompting state transportation officials to ask fans to expect delays getting to Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday.

Work on the Beltline will be on hold for five hours before and after the game, but lane shifts, ramp closures and reduced speeds are still likely to cause delays. Alternate routes are also likely to have extra game day traffic.

The game kicks off at 11 a.m.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends motorists plan for additional time to get to their destination.

State highway projects in the greater Madison area include:

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·         Lane shifts in both directions between Middleton and I-39/90

·         US 14 ramp to westbound Beltline is open

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Heroin use, after steadily decreasing through the early 2000s, is becoming more common, and in the last year led to an increased number of deaths due to overdose in both Dane County and across the nation.

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Person of interest in east side gas station robbery found

Madison police found a man they believe is connected to the robbery of a gas station on Madison?s east side Wednesday night.

Around 7 p.m. police were called to the Capitol Petro at 2702 E. Washington Ave. for reports of a man who implied he had a gun during a robbery.

The man left with an undisclosed amount of money, police said.

A 52-year-old Madison man is being held on a probation hold. He was taken into custody at 10:15 p.m. and is also a suspect in a robbery that took place about 15 minutes before at Deon's BP at 2310 Commercial Ave.

The robber in this incident demanded money, but grabbed a pack of cigarettes and left when the employee told him the store had video surveillance cameras, according to a release.

Police said the man's name will be released if he's arrested for the robberies.

Police: Burglar smashes window, takes cigarettes

A burglar used a rock to smash a glass door and steal cigarettes from a gas station, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the Mobil station at 3505 E. Washington Ave. at 1:30 a.m. Tuesday for a burglary alarm.

Police said the front door glass was smashed with a rock and cigarettes were among items stolen.

New development to feature grocery store, restaurants

Neighbors on Madison?s east side will soon have a new place to shop and eventually play.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday for the Galaxie and Festival Foods building in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue.

When the work is done, Madison?s first Festival Foods grocery store will open, and eventually the Galaxie building will be home to restaurants and rental units. There is also a planned renovation of Breese Stevens Field.

?The building is sandwiched between two great lakes. It is walking distance to both lakes. You?re in walking distance to the Capitol Square, farmers market and to great restaurants and entertainment features,? said Otto Gebhardt, with Gebhardt Development. ?The thing that is great about this neighborhood, it?s a live-work neighborhood. Cars are almost optional.?

The developers said there are other projects planned for the same area, and they credit Madison?s vibrant economy for the success of the development.