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Morning update: Tuesday, Sept. 27

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Happy Tuesday, Madison.

What's the coolest thing made in Wisconsin?

Seriously, the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce group wants to know. The group, which is made up of the state chamber of commerce, state manufacturers’ association, and state safety council, has put on the competition for the past seven years.

Nominees for this year's title include plenty of beer-and-cheese-centric novelties as well some out-there candidates, like a yacht made in Oconto and a zero-emission electric fire truck from Appleton.

The first round of voting runs through 5 p.m. today. From there, the 16 finalists will face off in a March-Madness style tournament.

Personally, I'll be voting for the snakes.

— Hayley

Correction: In yesterday's newsletter we incorrectly stated the vote count by which the Dane County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that prohibits the county from contracting with agencies that investigate, arrest, or prosecute people who violate the state’s abortion ban. The ordinance passed with a 29-5 vote.


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🚙 You're not crazy, gas prices are really that high.

  • The cost of gas in Madison jumped more than 40 cents in the past week, bringing the average cost to $3.73 a gallon.
  • The cause? Per NBC15, GasBuddy says the spike is due to "unexpected refinery disruptions," like fires and maintenance.  The news outlet also reports that prices are likely to go up again before falling.

🔥 Expect higher heating costs this winter, too.

  • Wisconsin residents could pay hundreds of dollars more to heat their homes this winter due to the rising cost of natural gas.
  • MGE and and Xcel Energy project increases of up to $200 for an average household, the State Journal reports.
  • People earning less than 60% of the state median income are eligible for financial assistance from the Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program.

🇮🇷 Madison's Iranian community is showing solidarity and support for the country as protests persist.

“Standing in solidarity goes a long way. You might not know it, but you might have neighbors, you might have coworkers, you have have people who go to school with your children that are affected by this.” — Kiana Mousavi, Madison Iranian community member, told NBC15

🎭 The controversy surrounding Fredric March continues at UW.

🐶 Happy Take Me Home Tuesday! Meet Alfredo.

  • Via Dane County Humane Society: Alfredo is a 2-year-old pup who was recently transferred to DCHS from an overcrowded shelter in Alabama in the hopes that he’ll find a new home. Alfredo is deaf, but he knows a few signs for sit and down. He’s a friendly and sweet pup.

    Alfredo is looking for a patient family who will give him lots of love and teach him more sign language so he can continue his positive reinforcement training.
  • Learn more about the sweet boy here.

🗽 Your lunchtime read: How do Madison monuments represent our community?

  • Via Madison Magazine: "The statue’s physical appearance is as multi-dimensional as its meaning. While it’s a contemporary rendition of statues that have stood in our cities, capital seats and other public spaces for years — some of which have been removed or torn down in protest — [Faisal Abdu’Allah’s State Street statue titled] Blu³eprint represents something new entirely. It poses more questions about our shared humanity.

    What significance should a statue have? Who decides what or who is honored? And what does it say about us? It took many conversations with several community leaders and experts to find answers."
  • Related: The empty honorings of 'Forward' (Tone Madison)
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