Morning Update: Thursday, Feb. 3

Good morning, Madison!

Sun Prairie's Jimmy the Groundhog couldn't see his shadow yesterday, indicating spring is around the corner. But famed groundhog weather predictor Punxsutawney Phil said otherwise.

So is spring on the way or will we have six more weeks of winter?

Your guess is as good as the groundhogs'.

— Hayley

👀 The City of Madison wants your input on these projects.

🔌 An electric vehicle bill floating in the legislature is drawing criticism from Madison officials.

"It comes as no surprise that the Koch Brother’s lobbying arm wants to preempt public progress in this arena, but it is unclear why public servants in the legislature would want to stifle this type of productive innovation." —  Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison mayor

🧪 Inside UW-Madison's newly completed $135 million chemistry building.

  • Students returned to campus last week for the start of the spring semester, and also making its debut is the university's shiny new chemistry building at the corner of University Avenue and North Mills Street.
  • The massive project began in the fall of 2018 and faced its share of setbacks before opening its doors. The nine-story building offers modern labs and learning spaces and plenty of major upgrades from its too-small and technologically challenged predecessor. For an inside look at the building, check out this piece from the Wisconsin State Journal.

🎶 Madison musicians are not here for your NFTs.

"If you want to own my music digitally, just pay the $2 asking price or download it illegally. I really don't like the idea of someone paying $100 for a song. It's laughably vile." — Cam Davis of Cicada The Burrower

🏆 Meet the Wisconsinites competing at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

  • There are 20 athletes headed to Beijing that have ties to the Dairy State. You can find the Badger-State athletes participating in curling, speed skating, ice hockey, biathlon, Nordic combined, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding. Read about the athletes in this feature from WPR.

🏫 Your lunchtime read: A ‘perfect storm'

  • From Isthmus: "With the ongoing pandemic, the staffing shortage in Madison schools has reached a breaking point. But it is a problem that has been building for years and just one sign of a troubled school district, according to 18 current and former Madison teachers and a number of local education advocates ... . The vast majority of educators interviewed say they feel ignored and not supported in the classroom. Many also say poorly implemented behavioral policy initiatives have created chaos in schools and that academic standards are slipping as a result."
  • Related: Meet the school board candidates (Isthmus)

🦠 Covid-19 Update

Source: Public Health Madison & Dane County

Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 59.4%

Dane County Vaccination Rate: 77.2%


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

📅 Events: Thursday, Feb. 3

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That symbol next to an event listing means that Tone Madison’s team of writers and editors recommends checking it out. Tone knows Madison’s arts and music landscape better than anybody else.

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