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Nurse survives stroke, emphasizes identifying signs 'FAST'

Nearly 800,000 Americans suffer from a stroke every year. It's the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, and it can happen to anyone.

"Patients didn’t really realize that it could happen to them," stroke survivor Becky Stowers said. "A 26-year-old didn’t realize that it could happen to them and it did. And as a 46-year-old I didn't really believe it but when I went to the hospital, I really thought I did."

Stowers has been a nurse for more than two decades but in her 40s she never thought she would become a patient herself.

"The neurologist that saw me in the hospital told me I would never go back to work again, and I told him that he didn't know who I was," Stowers said.

Stowers had a right thalamic stroke caused from a medication she was taking, a symptom that affects only one in 250,000 people.

Deputy strikes pedestrian with squad car, police say

A Dane County sheriff’s deputy struck a pedestrian with a squad car on Madison’s north side Wednesday afternoon, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said the pedestrian was crossing Aberg Avenue in a crosswalk on a walk signal when the light turned to a flashing warning sign before he made it to the other side of the street. As that happened, an SUV turned from North Sherman Avenue onto Aberg Avenue with the deputy directly behind it. Police said the deputy didn’t see the pedestrian.

The 63-year-old pedestrian suffered bruises and road rash.

The deputy will be cited for failure to yield.

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

STAR Credit Union helps kids learn how to save

Kelsey Johnson earns money by babysitting her neighbor's two children; it is her main source of income. She also earns a little money at home by cleaning her room, “which I hate,” she said.

Johnson just entered the sixth grade, and has had a savings account for four years. She banks through STAR (Save to Achieve Results) Credit Union, the only kids-chartered credit union in the world.

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

Madison school board delays implementing Cheatham's discipline changes

The Madison Metropolitan School District’s board of education delayed implementing changes Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham calls key to making the district's discipline policy, known as the Behavior Education Plan, work effectively.

Cheatham told board members based on staff, student, parent and community feedback, changes can be made to correct massive misunderstandings surrounding the BEP, such as disruptive or unsafe students being kept in classrooms and teachers being unable to ask students to leave their class.

The proposed changes include:

MPD: Man arrested for sex assault near school, suspected in another

A Madison man has been arrested in connection with a sexual assault near East High School in April and is suspected in another incident the same day, Madison police said.

Micknvgm M. Keodouangsy, 32, was arrested Monday on a tentative charge of second-degree sexual assault of a child.

The two incidents were originally reported April 27 after two Madison students said they were groped in separate incidents.

Police said a couple of East High School students spotted a man following them near North Fourth Street and Johnson Street around 8:05 a.m. as they walked to school April 27. As they sped up, he grabbed one by the buttocks in a parking lot behind the school, police said.

Police respond to second shots-fired call over weekend

Madison police responded to a report of shots fired Saturday night, which was the second incident of reported gunfire over the weekend.

Officers were sent to the 500 block of Tompkins Drive around 10:35 p.m. where five shots were reportedly fired into a residence that was occupied, according to a release.

Police found five bullet holes and two shell casings. No one was injured in the incident, and no one has been arrested, officials said.

The first report of shots fired happened early Saturday morning when at least 10 bullet casings were found in an east Madison parking lot after people reported hearing gunshots in the area, police said.

Madison police said officers responded to numerous calls reporting shots fired at 3520 East Washington Ave. in the Prime Quarter restaurant parking lot just before 1 a.m. Saturday.

New ladder truck joins Madison Fire Department's fleet

New ladder truck joins Madison Fire Department's fleet

A new ladder truck has joined the city of Madison Fire Department's fleet, according to a release.

A Pierce aerial platform ladder truck with a 100-foot ladder and 1,500 gallons-per-minute fire pump will improve the working area's safety for firefighters, the release said.

The truck will be kept at Fire Station 8 on the east side of Madison.