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Badgers fans invited to send-off event at Kohl Center

Badgers fans are invited to a pep rally at the Kohl Center Wednesday to send the team off to the Final Four in Indianapolis.

The men’s basketball team will depart for the Final Four after the send-off event at 5:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center, according to a release.

Gates will open at 5 p.m. with a brief program featuring head coach Bo Ryan and the team starting at 5:30 p.m., organizers said. Admission is free.

Madison Mallards will host Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt at the 'Duck Pond" this weekend

Madison Mallards will host Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt at the 'Duck Pond" this weekend

The Madison Mallards will host the free Great Dane Easter Egg Hunt at the "Duck Pond" April 4, according to a Mallards release.

Gates open at 9 a.m., and the hunt begins at 9:30 a.m. in the outfield grass. Kids of all age are welcome.

The hunt will be divided into the the three age groups 4 and under; 5 and 6; and 7 and above. Kids can bring their own egg collecting baskets, and the Great Dane will provide age appropriate gift bags

Madison considers future restrictions of tobacco, vaping businesses

The city of Madison is considering an ordinance that would restrict the future locations of stores that primarily sell tobacco products and vaping supplies and paraphernalia.

The ordinance is currently being looked at by the city planning commission, and as it is currently written would apply to businesses where 20 percent or more of its display area is for the sale of tobacco products, vaping supplies or paraphernalia.

Businesses falling into that category would be restricted from opening within 1,000 feet of schools, day care centers, health care facilities or residences. They would also be restricted from opening within 500 feet of other tobacco retailers.

Businesses falling into that category that are currently operating would be allowed to stay open and would be grandfathered in under the new ordinance. Those businesses could be sold to a new owner and continue to operate as long as there is not a 12-month gap in which they cease to do business.

Mayoral candidates debate racial disparity, crime, homelessness

Madison mayoral candidates Paul Soglin and Scott Resnick debated topics including racial disparity, crime, job creation and homelessness in Tuesday night’s debate hosted by WISC-TV3.

In the candidates’ only televised debate, fireworks erupted between Soglin and Resnick, with Soglin lecturing Resnick on his policy positions and using the term "lack of understanding" many times.

Resnick emphasized a new police station needs to be built and prioritizing a crackdown on gang activity, but Soglin said dollars spent on a new police station are unnecessary and money should go toward real racial disparity solutions like job creation.

Resnick said the key to dealing with racial disparity is spending $250,000 more on early childhood care, scholarships and city resources.

Vera Court residents outraged to learn sex offender will move in this week

A sex offender’s community placement is sparking outrage for some north side residents, who say a loophole in a law will allow a man convicted of multiple sexual assaults involving minors to live within feet of dozens of children.

Vera Court residents say the sex offender, Jason Fenske, who the state warns could offend again, should not be living so close to their backyards.

One of the most tense moments of the community notification meeting Monday night was when residents learned, for the first time, that Fenske will be moving in this week.

Despite angry pleas from more than 75 Vera Court residents, Department of Corrections employees explained that under state law, they were only required to inform local law enforcement and not residents.

Neighbors upset over plan to house sex offenders

Plans for sex offenders to move into a rental property on Madison's north side have residents looking for a way out of the neighborhood.

"They want to put a whole building full of sex offenders. You're dangling our kids as eye candy," said Lori Hanson, who lives on West Karstens Drive.

It's a fear Hanson has never had in the eight years she has lived in the Vera Court Community with her grandson Xavier, but now she is thinking of packing her bags.

"What happens if one of them walks out the door one day and just happens to say, 'I want to grab one of them.' I'm not willing to take any risk," Hanson said.

Uncle believes Robinson took hallucinogenic drugs before shooting

Tony Robinson's uncle said he believe his nephew took hallucinogenic mushrooms shortly before he was shot and killed by a Madison police officer March 6.

Turin Carter told News 3 Robinson made a mistake because of his inexperience with the drug.

According to Carter, Robinson asked his grandmother Sharon Irwin to "cleanse" him earlier in the week.  Carter said Irwin burned sage and drew a bath with sea salt for her grandson the Wednesday before the shooting. However, he also confirmed Robinson was high on mushrooms the night he was killed by a Madison police officer.

Carter said he believes Robinson was using the hallucinogenic drugs to find his spiritual way.

He also wants to make sure the public understands he doesn't think the mushrooms are to be blamed for Robinson's death.