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🏥 The county has picked a site for its new mental health crisis center.

  • Dane County officials plan to refurbish and remodel the Huber Detention Center into the new Mental Health Crisis Triage and Restoration Center.
  • The new center will provide 24/7 rehabilitation and stabilization services, which local experts say will help fill a much-needed gap in support. The County Board has already approved more than $14.3 million dollars for the project's construction and opening, according to WORT.
  • For decades, the detention center off Rimrock Road was used as a work-release jail. In recent years, most residents were moved to downtown jail facilities or became part of the Dane County Sheriff’s electronic monitoring program, freeing up the space for use.

🏀 Badgers men’s basketball won't be going to the Big Dance.

🗳️ Two chances to hear from Madison's mayoral candidates this week.

💸 Madison College tuition could be going up.

A twenty four year old woman smoking medical marijuana to relieve symptoms of PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
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🤑 Your lunchtime read: Wisconsin's neighbors are raking in hundreds of millions from weed taxes.

  • Via The Badger Project: "Illinois and Michigan again raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue on recreational weed sales last year, and Minnesota is planning to join the party by fully legalizing the drug.

    Meanwhile, Wisconsin sits on a near-island of cannabis prohibition, surrounded by states with legal weed. But, as medical marijuana inches toward legalization in the state, experts say policymakers would have the benefit of hindsight from the states who went first."
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🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison

Ali Treviño-Murphy demonstrating self-defense techniques. Photo courtesy of Underground Self Defense.

This Class Could Save Your Life

Domestic violence in Wisconsin is at an all-time high. Just a few weeks ago, another event shocked Madison. Police chased a man into the Kwik Trip on East Wash, where he shot at police before locking himself in the bathroom and taking his life. He was suspected of strangling his girlfriend days earlier.

Statistically, most intimate assaults are committed against women. And that’s why a local martial arts studio has focused on teaching women self-defense skills. Ali Treviño-Murphy, co-owner of Underground Self Defense, says when women fight back, they are more likely to survive an assault. And she’s here to tell you how.

And if you need help, text the Domestic Abuse Intervention Services hotline anytime: (608) 420-4638. If you prefer to speak with someone over the phone, call their Help Line: (608) 251-4445.

🏦 Finances 101

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