Morning Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27

Morning Update: Wednesday, Oct. 27

School board update + bike theft + non-stop flights

Good morning Madison.

Let's just dive right into today's stories!

— Hayley

🎒 The Madison School Board said no more detentions for kids in 4k-5 grade.

  • The board unanimously approved a resolution to create a suspension moratorium for students in grades 4K-5.
  • For more: Scott Girard of the Cap Times has a nice explainer that covers everything the board did and approved at its Monday meeting.

🚴‍♀️ Lock up your bike and check it twice.

✈️ Now boarding non-stop flights from Madison to Washington, D.C.

🚧 The University of Wisconsin is looking to the real estate development world as a source of funding.

  • The UW Board of Regents recently approved a general agreement that will allow UW-Madison to sell some of its land to University Research Park, who would in turn lease the space out to developers. Revenue from rent would go to an endowment, a percentage of which the university would receive annually for operations. This process has the potential to be replicated at other UW campuses.
  • The State Journal reports that leased land could be used for housing, retail, or commercial space. The move is part of a long-term approach to diversify the university's revenue streams as it receives less and less in state funding — a pattern that is likely to continue in the future.

👮 The city rejected a move to cut the police department's budget in order to help fund the newly launched emergency mental health response team.

🍕 Paisan's and the rest of 131 W. Wilson is back open for business — but at what cost?

  • Paisan's Restaurant owner Wally Borowski told WKOW that he and other tenants of 131 W. Wilson are looking to sue the building's owners for damages incurred during the 40-day building shutdown. Several tenants plan on leaving the building for good.

🛒 Expect construction: The city broke ground on a $43 million S. Park Street project.

🏊 Dive right in, the water is fully funded.

🚄 Your lunchtime read: Madison critical for high-speed rail service between Chicago, Twin Cities, feds say.

  • From the Wisconsin State Journal: "Madison and Milwaukee will be critical markets in any high-speed passenger rail corridor between Chicago and the Twin Cities should the project go forward, a new federal study says. In the long term, the corridor could see train speeds of at least 125 mph, electric-powered engines, dedicated tracks and 99% on-time performance, the Federal Railroad Administration’s long-term plan for the Midwest through 2055 says."

🦠 Covid-19 Resources

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 55%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 71.8%

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

Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.

Are you eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna? Find out here.

📅 Events: Wednesday, Oct. 27

  • Panel: Clean Air, climate, and equity organized by the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Learn about the major sources of air pollution in Wisconsin, the communities most affected, and the potential for a multi-solving approach to address air quality, climate, and equity concerns. 4:30 p.m. Virtual. Free.
  • “Casper” screening on the 100 Block of State Street. 5:30 p.m. Free.
  • “Decoding the News” with David Wallace, former business/tech reporter. Learn how to go beyond the headlines and skip the bias, hype and noise with effective tools and tactics. Hosted by Dreambank. 6-7:30 p.m. Free.
  • Mad City Story Slam at State Line Distillery. A night of drinks and spooky stories. 6 p.m. Free.
  • Public Information Meeting: Fire Station 6 Remodel and Addition. 6 p.m. Virtual.
  • Bleachers at The Sylvee. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show: 8:00 p.m.Tickets start at $36.
  • Speaker: David Brooks of The New York Times hosted by the La Follette School of Public Affairs. 7 p.m. In-person tickets sold out. Virtual option available for free.