Morning Update: Thursday, Nov. 11

Morning Update: Thursday, Nov. 11

BRT update + Nurses fight for union + Local magic

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Good morning, Madison.

Happy Thursday and happy Veterans Day.

From 6-10 a.m. the Hy-Vee on East Washington is offering complimentary breakfast for veterans and their families. NBC15 reports more than 600 people came out for breakfast last year, and the store is preparing for large numbers again today. You can dine in or take food to go. Happy eating!

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— Hayley

🚌 City Council failed to pass an amendment that would have considered alternate BRT stations downtown.

🏥 Tensions are rising between nurses fighting for unionization and UW Health.

🦃 Madison College chefs are cooking up 2,500 Thanksgiving meals for River Food Pantry.

🏗️ Madison Property Management is eyeing the 500 block of West Washington for their next development.

🚗 Local governments are increasingly leaning on wheel taxes to generate revenue and Madison is no exception.

  • A new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum shows wheel tax revenues tripled between 2017 and 2021. If you live in Madison — and don't drive an electric vehicle — you paid $85 to the state, $40 to the city, and $28 to Dane County in wheel taxes this year, WORT reports.

🔮 Your lunchtime read: Madison magician makes national TV debut, earns praise from Penn & Teller.

  • From Madison365: "When Matthew Teague was 12, a trick with coins sent him “through the rabbit hole” of magic — which led to him becoming a world-class professional magician who just last week made his national television debut."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 55.1%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.7%

Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.

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📅  Events: Thursday, Nov. 11