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Brat Fest adds zero waste initiative to 2015 event

The 2015 Brat Fest will not only feature the traditional brats, brews and bands, but the organizers are implementing a zero waste initiative this year, according to a release.

Brat Fest organizers said they plant on improving their current recycling program and will also be composting during the event, with the goal of reducing the amount of garbage in an effort to protect the environment.

“The zero-waste movement is all about creating waste management procedures with the ultimate goal that everything be recycled, reused or composted, with as little as possible remaining for disposal, the release said.

According to the release, Brat Fest organizers are proactively working with food vendors to choose compostable supplies so that more of the trash generated will be diverted from the landfill.

There will also be volunteers to help event-goers know which containers to put their waste into, organizers said.

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MPD plans new police station to accommodate growing city

Plans to build a new police station to alleviate Madison's West District have been talked about for years, but now construction plans are officially in the works.

With a growing Madison on the horizon, including the annexation of the town of Madison, and a west district already above average capacity, the Madison Police Department is preparing to expand along with its growing city.

"If you look at both this building, the west district and the south district, they are both bursting at the seams. We don't have enough room for the people that we have now and we just can't absorb that growth, so it needs to give somewhere and Midtown is the logical spot for it," Madison Police West District Capt. Vic Wahl said.

The West District covers more than 330 square miles and serves 84,000 people. The building that started out with 58 employees has now grown to more than 90 people.

Shredfest stacks up nearly 20 tons sensitive paperwork for destruction

Hundreds of people brought nearly 20 tons of papers to two shredding stops on Madison's west side Saturday morning as part of an identity theft prevention strategy.

The free Shredfest event invited people to drop off bags of documents at WISC-TV on Raymond Road or SVA Certified Public Accountants on John Q. Hammons Drive from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday.

The Wisconsin Better Business Bureau, which partnered with Pellitteri Waste Systems, WISC-TV and SVA for Shredfest, said "most identity theft occurs after personal information is lost or stolen, which is why the BBB encourages consumers to dispose of unneeded personal documents responsibly."

A total of 1,295 cars drove through the WISC-TV and SVA sites Saturday, and 19.14 tons of paperwork was shredded.

WATCH: Madison West tops Middleton 2-1

Madison West faced off against Middleton at Mansfield Stadium. 

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WATCH: Free kick goal lifts Memorial over Sun Prairie

Madison Memorial hits a free kick from 35 yards to defeat Sun Prairie Thursday.

Home team Memorial beat Sun Prairie 2-1.

Former Madison police chief: 'Stop the killing'

Echoing a recent blog entry, former Madison Police chief turned Episcopal Priest David Couper made a passionate recommendation for stopping police shootings.

"The issue of race is not going to go away. We’ve got so much work to do," Couper said. "There are some specific things I think citizens can do, working with police to improve things."

During his Edgewood College "New Police for a New Era" speech, Couper emphasized the decades-old community policing philosophy he used as chief, which he now believes should be a national standard.

In what he calls a "Prescription for Police to Change," Cooper said:

$300K grant to help MMSD open 4 full-service schools

The Madison Metropolitan School District received a three-year, $300,000 grant to support community planning and implementation for four full-service schools, according to a release.

Full-service schools integrate community services into schools sties and work to connect students and families with needed services to make schools hubs of support, officials said.

"Full-service schools take our support for children and families in Madison to a new level. Many of our families still struggle with access to community services, but by integrating coordinated services where our children and families are every day, we will be better able to support families and our students," Superintendent Jennifer Cheatham said in the release. "We are thrilled that thanks to the Madison Community Foundation, we’ll be able to work together to make full service schools a reality in Madison."