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Madison police question benefits of body cameras

As a growing number of police departments nationwide equip officers with body-worn cameras, Madison police are issuing a report that questions some benefits of the devices.

Police plan to present the report to the Madison City Council on Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.

The report notes that studies have shown departments that use the cameras have seen fewer citizen complaints. But it also said more research is needed to see if the cameras actually bolster trust in officers.

Capt. Kristen Roman said the report examined the pros, cons and costs of body cameras. She said officers are not taking a position on whether to support their use or not.

Some Madison officers will start wearing body cameras in 2016 as part of a pilot program.

Goodman Community Center able to meet Thanksgiving goal

Goodman Community Center able to meet Thanksgiving goal

After concerns over being able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for 3,000 area families in need, the Goodman Community Center's executive director is happy to credit the community for helping them meet their goal.

"Today is great news," Becky Steinhoff said. "We provided to all 3,000 families who were on our list."

Even late last week, the Goodman Community Center's Fritz Food Pantry only had 2,100 turkeys. Thanks to the generosity of neighbors, more than 1,000 turkeys were donated over the last few days.

"It's probably 15,000-20,000 people who'll eat this Thanksgiving thanks to the generosity of our community. That's a lot of people," Steinhoff said.

With more than 100 extra turkeys, the Fritz Food Pantry has been able to also provide anyone who called-in or walked-in part of their meal.

23 new Madison restaurants you'll love

Each year brings with it a swath of new eateries, and with new eateries comes excitement. We love what?s fresh and untested but also untainted. Sure, some are more hyped than others (we?re looking at you, Sujeo, Cento, Rare and the Edgewater), but even the low-key taco joints and quaint caf�s offer intrigue?maybe this is the place we?ve been waiting for. Whether it?s a go-to date night spot, an equal parts convenient and tasty takeout joint on the way home from work or the perfect neighborhood bar, the following twenty-three places offer something in the way of excitement, many for more reasons than one, and we couldn?t be happier to welcome them to town.

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(price indicates cost of a dinner entr�e)




Water Utility Board delays rate increase decision

Wanting consultants to show greater detail on how a water rate increase would impact more Madison customers, the Madison Water Utility Board delayed a decision Tuesday on whether or not to send a requested rate increase to the Public Service Commission.

Water Utility officials said the increase is needed to pay for infrastructure improvements, like replacing water mains.

Based on the latest consultant presentation, if the current proposal is eventually approved, it would add about $40 per year, or $3.24 per month, to the average residential bill.

The proposal also includes what is called a conservation rate, recommending if residents use less than 6,000 gallons every month between June and September, their bills would be reduced by 20 percent.

However, for large water users, that would mean paying a much higher bill. Some board members equated that to a penalty fee.

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

Organization takes on racial disparities in incarceration

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families' “Race to Equity” report indicates that Wisconsin, and particularly Dane County, may have the worst racial disparities in incarceration in the nation. MOSES, a Madison-based interfaith social justice organization, is working to fix that.

In fact, it may go even farther than that. Amy Pooler, a leader in MOSES, said, “Dane County has the worst racial disparities in incarceration rates of African American rates in the country, and that means in the world, because the U.S. already incarcerates more of its population than any other nation on Earth.”

City of Madison officials look to ban e-cigarettes

E-cigarettes are not currently part of the Madison?s smoking ban but the city council is looking to change that. However, with little information to prove the potential effects of the vapors advocates say banning them would be premature.

"To ban them in public is silly because you are forcing people to go where smoking happens, which for a lot of people could cause a relapse," e-cigarette user Steven Fischer said.

It's been three months since Steven Fischer stopped smoking cigarettes, which was a 12-year battle he said he might have never won if it had not been for e-cigarettes

Madison city council is looking at including electronic cigarettes in the city's smoking ban, which prohibits smoking in most indoor places as well as parks and beaches. But supporters of the products believe restricting them may do more harm than good.

Water utility board to consider monthly base charge increase of $2.62

Representatives with Madison Water Utility will be holding a meeting to get input on a proposed rate increase from the public, according to a release.

MWU submitted a rate application last month with the Public Service Commission, asking for a 30 percent revenue increase, officials said.

Base charges would increase for most customers by $2.62 a month, officials said. Usage charges would transition to a conservation rate, which means they would vary depending on the time of year and the amount used.

Customers currently pay $2.81 per 1,000 gallons of water used, but under the conservation rate plan customers would pay $2.96 per 1,000 gallons used during the off-peak season from October to May regardless of how much water is used.