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Atlas hosts Madison's first improv festival, combines comedy with endurance

Atlas hosts Madison's first improv festival, combines comedy with endurance

Madison's comedy group Atlas Improv Co. will present the Endurance Improv Fest at their theater April 16-19, according to a release.

The event began Thursday night with a sketch comedy show, and will continue Friday with special shows at 8 and 10 p.m. The festival will conclude with an 11-hour improv marathon beginning 4 p.m. Saturday.

According to Atlas, all the events are free and take place at their custom-built theater at 609 E. Washington Avenue. The festival coincides with the company's 11th anniversary.

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DA: Expect 48-hour notice on Robinson case decision

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said Friday that he will give 48 hours' notice before he releases a decision on whether to charge a Madison police officer who shot Tony Robinson.

Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny shot Robinson on March 6. Police have said that Robinson attacked Kenny as the officer was responding to calls that Robinson had assaulted two people and was running in traffic.

Ozanne said he received final reports from the Division of Criminal Investigation and had a second meeting with the Medical Examiner's Office on Monday.

Sheriff: Midwest Horse Fair traffic may cause Beltline delays

Dane County officials are warning drivers of possible delays on the Beltline Friday morning because of extra traffic heading to the Midwest Horse Fair.

The Midwest Horse Fair starts Friday morning at the Alliant Energy Center, and hundreds of spectators and exhibitors are expected to be arriving during the morning commute, officials said.

Authorities expect east- and westbound lanes of the Beltline to be congested, according to the release.

Drivers heading to the event can access the Alliant Energy Center grounds via the Olin Avenue, Rusk Avenue or Rimrock Road gates, officials said. One lane of outbound John Nolen Drive and one southbound lane of Rimrock Road will be closed to help horse fair participants get onto the Alliant Energy grounds efficiently.

Police weigh rights of protesters, public during East Washington Avenue closure

Police weigh rights of protesters, public during East Washington Avenue closure

Police in Madison were expecting a local protest in conjunction with the national day of action against officer involved shootings. When 75 students from East High School walked out of class and stopped traffic on East Washington Avenue police made the decision to honor their First Amendment rights.

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Madison Water Utility billing, water usage tracking site down since March

Madison Water Utility’s customer care page that gives customers access to their bills and water usage data has been down since March 10, officials said.

MWU’s Public Information Officer Amy Barrilleaux said the city’s IT department felt the site should undergo a security upgrade and has been working with the software vendor and a security vendor for the past several weeks to make that happen.

4 arrested during protest that closed East Washington Ave. over 7 hours

A group of protesters outside East High School blocked the inbound and outbound lanes of East Washington Avenue for over seven hours Tuesday.

The students were part of a Young Gifted and Black protest regarding the police shooting of Tony Robinson.

The protest started around 10:45 a.m.

Police made an announcement just before 6:30 p.m. telling the protesters to vacate the roadway or they would be arrested for a city ordinance violation, according to the release.

Madison police said four people chose not to leave the street, and were arrested and taken to the Dane County Jail. Eleven people were also cited and released.

The Young Gifted and Black group said the protest was part of a national day of action against officer-involved shootings and minority incarceration rates.

By mid-afternoon the crowd reached a couple hundred, but it got smaller as the afternoon went on.

Warner Park event to celebrate Madison as a 'Bird City'

A Bird City Celebration will take place April 19 in honor of Madison's recognition as a "Bird City" by the Bird City Wisconsin Project, according to the city of Madison website.

The event is free, family-friendly and will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Warner Park shelter. Attendees can enjoy games and activities like planting a tree, taking a bird and nature walk, playing bird bingo and listening to the Wingin' It Bird Band.