The times are changing (literally)

Here is your reminder to change your clocks this weekend!

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The times are changing (literally)
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Happy Friday!

Here is your reminder to change your clocks this weekend!

Daylight saving time begins Sunday (March 12) at 2 a.m. For better or worse, we spring forward an hour.

Have a great weekend and enjoy your hours of sleep while you can.

— Hayley

a laboratory worker takes a swab test
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😷 Public Health is closing its Covid-19 test clinic.

  • Public Health Madison & Dane County will close its community Covid-19 testing clinic April 14.
  • The clinic has been open since May 2020 and has provided more than half a million free Covid-19 tests to the Dane County community. The closure coincides with the conclusion of the federal Covid-19 emergency declaration, which expires May 11.
  • You can still get free tests: Health insurance companies are required to reimburse up to eight tests per month. You can also order free at-home rapid test kits from the state Department of Health Services every month through May.


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🚫 More street closures of note.

  • South Patterson: Starting March 13, South Paterson Street will be closed to traffic between East Washington Avenue and East Main Street for underground utility construction. The closure is expected to last five days.
  • Sheboygan Avenue: Also starting March 13, Sheboygan Avenue will be closed to traffic east of Eau Claire Avenue for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) construction. The closure is expected to last four months. A sidewalk will be open and bus routes through the area will be detoured.
  • Related: There will be a BRT public information meeting on Tuesday.
What exactly is BRT?

Bus Rapid Transit, or BRT, is the new transit system has been years in the making. Compared to Madison's current transportation system, BRT will travel in dedicated lanes with fewer stops but more frequent service.

🍀 Madison's St. Patrick's Day Parade is back.

Left: Satya Rhodes-Conway, Right: Gloria Reyes. Images via campaigns.

🗳️ Two upcoming mayoral debates.


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🎬 A look at the Wisconsin Film Fest lineup.

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🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison

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City Alder Attacked via Graffiti, Meningitis Vax Debate and TikTok Ban

It’s your Friday news roundup. City Cast Madison producers Dylan Brogan and Molly Stentz bring you nuggets of news from our fair city.

Homophobic graffiti slandering City Alder Mike Verveer surfaced near his home in Madison over the weekend.

And anti-vaxxers have a new target: the meningitis vaccine. Gov. Tony Evers made it mandatory for seventh graders, but now some voters and lawmakers are pushing back.

Plus, Senator Tammy Baldwin signs onto a bill that could ban TikTok.

And hey, we have a race for Madison Mayor! And really, shouldn't we have a better name for Bus Rapid Transit?

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