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Voter ID efforts focus on students, seniors

Preparations continue for a November election with voter ID, with special efforts focused on University of Wisconsin students and senior citizens.

Madison Mayor Paul Soglin said Monday that a number of ideas are on the table to try to make sure city residents can vote and don't have to stand in long lines on Election Day.

Soglin was joined by the Madison city clerk and other city staff for a news conference letting city residents know about 34 locations they can register to vote Tuesday on National Voter Registration Day.

Soglin also told reporters he's considering busing senior citizens to DMV locations to get IDs and having city staff spend part of Election Day working at the polls.

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New housing unit aims to reduce young-adult homelessness

Some young adults are getting help in ways they?ve never seen before with new housing that will help them avoid homelessness.

Experts on the issue say young adults often get overlooked or lumped into adult services, which doesn?t always help them.

The Briarpatch Transitional Housing Cooperative, on Madison?s north side, will now be available to help young people get on their feet and get a job.

?It?s just kind of an overwhelming feeling of, ?I have a place that I might not have had before, and I?m surrounded by people who care about my future and care about my well-being,?? said Tyler Schueffner, who will be staying in the new housing unit.

Several groups are helping make the 10-bedroom home a reality. A grant is helping pay for the home, and Dane County will be leasing the land for $1 a year.

Man attacked, robbed in Warner Park

A 22-year-old man was beaten and robbed while walking through Warner Park early Saturday morning, according to a release from Madison police.

The man told police he encountered several men and asked them for the time before at least three of them began punching him. He said he was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head. Cash and a cellphone were taken.

The man walked to a convenience store and called police.

The four men are described as black and 18-20 years old. One is described as 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighing 150 pounds with short dreadlocks and wearing a blue warm-up jacket. Another is described as 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build, longer dreadlocks and wearing a yellow hooded-sweatshirt. Another is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall with a heavier build, dreadlocks and wearing a white T-shirt. The fourth is described as having a medium build and wearing a gray T-shirt.

City?s organics pilot program will continue

A pilot program geared toward recycling organic material in Madison will move forward after city officials approved funding for a new piece of equipment.

The Madison Streets Division has been given the funding to purchase a screen that will be used to remove non-compostable plastics from material being collected in the organics pilot program, according to a release.

?We are extremely grateful for the support of the common council and the mayor in approving the funds we need to purchase a screen,? Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said in the release. ?The screen will enable us to continue the current program and move forward with our expansion plans.?

The Streets Division previously announced plans to suspend the pilot program on Sept. 30 because of problems with non-compostable plastics.

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Police: Driver hits vehicle, charged with 5th drunken driving

A 36-year-old man was charged with a fifth drunken driving offense after police said he hit another vehicle in an east Madison intersection early Saturday.

The Madison Police Department said Cory Floyd of Chicago was driving on North Stoughton Road at 12:50 a.m. when hit collided with another vehicle while making a left turn onto East Washington Avenue.

According to the reported, Floyd was intoxicated and taken to Dane County Jail.

Same woman first in line for iPhone 6 as last year's iPhone 5S launch

People lined up outside stores like AT&T, Best Buy and Apple around Madison, waiting to get their hands on a new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. The phones were made available in stores Friday.

Edna Miller was first in line at AT&T on the city's west side. She arrived at 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Because I want to leave right away. I want to be done. I don't know, maybe because I just want to be first in line," said Miller, laughing when asked why she stayed overnight.

This was Miller's second time being first in line for the newest iPhone at this location. She started the line last year when the iPhone 5S hit stores.

Employees underwent multiple practice sessions to prepare for this day. Many stores opened early at 8 a.m.

A spokesperson with AT&T said this year's enhancements include size, a faster processing chip and improved HD camera are some of the reasons why consumers were anxious to purchase the new smartphones.

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Increase in opiate abuse calls for long-term community intervention

Heroin use, after steadily decreasing through the early 2000s, is becoming more common, and in the last year led to an increased number of deaths due to overdose in both Dane County and across the nation.

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