Cat O'Clock

This cat is TikTok famous and thats pretty cute.

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Cat O'Clock

Goooooooood morning, Madison!

Let's kick off this morning with a little fun "mews," shall we?

Meet Kokonut.

The Janesville cat is having a viral moment on TikTok where the furry actor plays a range of roles, from news anchor (AKA mews anchor) to Culver's cashier and Kwik Trip clerk.

"I ended up making a little desk for her just to have fun and play in because cats like to have boxes anyway to play... She got in there and kind of sat down and I went ‘wouldn’t it be kind of funny if she was doing the news?’" Kokonut's owner told NBC15.

If you need me, I'll be scrolling this cat's feed until further notice!

— Hayley


🏥 Overdoses are spiking in Dane County.

  • Local paramedics have responded to nine overdose incidents over the past few days, prompting Public Health Madison & Dane County to issue a public health alert.
  • PHMDC said it's not sure what exactly is driving the spike. Two people died in the recent incidents.
  • "When we talk about overdose trends and statistics, it's important to remember that every number represents a life. It represents someone's brother, friend, daughter, or neighbor. It represents someone who urgently needs to know this information," Madison Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway said in a statement.
  • Take action: You can find out where to get Narcan and fentanyl test strips here. Sign up to get email or text alerts about overdose spikes here.
Image courtesy of Hilldale

✨ Meet the new pop-up shop coming to Hilldale.


🚮 No trash or recycling pickup on Memorial Day.

  • There will be no recycling, trash, brush, or large item collections in Madison on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. Streets Division drop-off sites will also be closed.
  • Residents who normally have trash and recycling collected on Mondays should put their carts out for pickup by 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Image via City of Madison

🏖️ Blue-green algae has already forced the closure of a Madison beach.

  • Public Health Madison & Dane County closed Spring Harbor Beach Wednesday due to a large blue-green algae bloom at the West Side beach. Blue-green algae can cause illness in both people and animals. The blooms typically appear like "spilled paint" on top of lake water.
  • "We’re seeing early-season blue-green algae blooms this year — a trend we're noticing more often with changing weather patterns due to climate change," PHMDC microbiologist Jennifer Lavender-Braun said.

🐯 Your lunchtime read: Why can't you swear at Le Tigre?

  • Via Madison Magazine: It’s a rule that doesn’t match the seediness you’d expect from a strip mall bar right off the highway on the westside outskirts.
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🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison

How to Find Morels in the Madison Area

Each May, we Wisconsinites scour the woods for a seasonal delicacy: the morel mushroom. Discovering a flush of them can feel like finding hidden treasure. They can fetch $50 per pound at your local farmers’ market, but are free to pick in state parks and forests - if you can find them. So where do you look?

“Everywhere and nowhere,” according to Melissa Klotka, President of the Wisconsin Mycological Society. But don’t worry, she’s got tips for you.


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