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Mallards ready to open 2015 season

The Madison Mallards open the 2015 Northwoods League season Tuesday night at Warner Park against Kalamazoo.

Manager Donnie Scott begins his third season with the Mallards. After winning the Northwoods League Championship in 2013, the Mallards finished in the middle of the pack last season.

Scott says he's ready to get to work and get back to that championship level.

"I know I can't wait for this thing to get started," Scott said. " I want to get out the gate. I mean I'd like to put a pretty good run together  right off the bat, try to win the first half.  And once they get comfortable with things, things really seem to start clicking."

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Portion of Capital City Trail to be closed next week

Portion of Capital City Trail to be closed next week

A portion of the Capital City Trail will be closed next week for crews to work on ATC poles next to the path, according to a release.

Henkels and McCoy will close the trail between Sugar Avenue and Walter Street from 7 a.m. Tuesday until 7 p.m. Thursday, May 28, officials said.

A detour for both directions of traffic will be signed following Hargrove Street to Starkweather Drive through O.B. Sherry Park to Ivy Street to Fair Oaks Avenue, according to the release.

WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

Kelsey Johnson earns money by babysitting her neighbor's two children; it is her main source of income. She also earns a little money at home by cleaning her room, “which I hate,” she said.

Johnson just entered the sixth grade, and has had a savings account for four years. She banks through STAR (Save to Achieve Results) Credit Union, the only kids-chartered credit union in the world.

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Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

The Madison Metropolitan School District’s board of education delayed implementing changes Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham calls key to making the district's discipline policy, known as the Behavior Education Plan, work effectively.

Cheatham told board members based on staff, student, parent and community feedback, changes can be made to correct massive misunderstandings surrounding the BEP, such as disruptive or unsafe students being kept in classrooms and teachers being unable to ask students to leave their class.

The proposed changes include:

MPD: Man arrested for sex assault near school, suspected in another

A Madison man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault near East High School in April and is suspected in another incident the same day, Madison police said.

Micknvgm M. Keodouangsy, 32, was arrested Monday on a tentative charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child.

The two incidents were originally reported April 27 after two Madison students said they were groped in separate incidents.

Police said a couple of East High School students spotted a man following them near North Fourth Street and Johnson Street around 8:05 a.m. as they walked to school April 27. As they sped up, he grabbed one by the buttocks in a parking lot behind the school, police said.

New ladder truck joins Madison Fire Department's fleet

New ladder truck joins Madison Fire Department's fleet

A new ladder truck has joined the city of Madison Fire Department's fleet, according to a release.

A Pierce aerial platform ladder truck with a 100-foot ladder and 1,500 gallons-per-minute fire pump will improve the working area's safety for firefighters, the release said.

The truck will be kept at Fire Station 8 on the east side of Madison.