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Madison No. 8 on list of happiest, healthiest cities in U.S.

A health and wellness website has listed Madison as one of the top 25 happiest and healthiest cities in the country.

Prevention.com evaluated 100 of the nation?s largest cities on 48 measures of health, happiness and well-being to compile the list, according to the article. Some of the things they looked at include access to green space, access to concert halls, number of farmers? markets, the average inclination to eat fruits and vegetables, disease incident, depression measures, unemployment rates and FBI crime statistic.

Madison was ranked eight on the list of 25 behind San Francisco, Fargo, San Diego, Anaheim, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Salt Lake City and San Jose.

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Films by Madison writer, director will be shown at Central Library

Four Phantom Moth Production films that took home awards for acting and cinematography will be shown at the Madison Central Library Thursday.

The films, from Madison’s Nicolas Alexander and Phantom Moth Productions, will be shown from 6:30-8:45 p.m. in meeting room 302, according to a release.

Over the past two years, Alexander has gathered local, multi-talented artists for his production troupe including cinematographer Evan Parquette and hip-hop musician and actor Carlos Christian, organizers said. “Keep Movin” and “Runnin” situate biographical elements from Christian’s life inside of pulp crime fiction stories.

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

MPD Mounted Unit officially announces newest member

The newest member of the Madison Police Department?s Mounted Unit will be announced Monday at a Community Corral, according to a release.

Torres is an 8-year-old Friesian Gelding that has spent the last two months in field training with the unit, and has now earned the right to start his solo career, officials said. Torres joins the unit thanks to a private donor working in conjunction with MPD?s nonprofit organization.

In March, Jack, a veteran horse member of the unit, passed away following a short illness, according to the release. But Torres has filled the void and is ready to carry on in Jack?s footsteps.

Torres will be introduced to the public at the Community Corral from 5-7 p.m. at Vilas Park. The unit?s team members will also be available to share information and answer questions about the horses and the responsibilities of being a mounted police officer.

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

Metro: Riders should exchange Quik Tix for passes

The city of Madison said Metro bus passengers will have about three months to exchange paper Quik Tix for a new pass due to an upgrade in equipment beginning next month.

Madison said in a release Thursday that Metro Transit will install new fareboxes on all fixed-route buses in August. The new system will accept cash and Metro fare items, but paper Quik Tix will not longer be valid as of Oct. 31.

The city said passengers are asked to trade in existing Quik Tix for two-ride or 10-ride cards.

City, VA leaders hope to end veteran homelessness by 2015

Homeless veterans could have new housing options soon with city leaders and Veteran's Administration officials setting a goal to end veteran homelessness in Madison by 2015.

City leaders said there is new assistance available in the form of 23 Section 8 housing vouchers.

Madison's Community Development Authority and Veterans Administration are working with about 110 homeless veterans, officials said.

"We have to get our veterans, as is the case with all homeless people, into permanent housing. If that is not done and we focus on programs that sustain life on the street we're basically undermining our best efforts," Soglin said.

The voucher program relies on private landlords to provide rental units.

Mounted patrol helps find missing Madison man

A 74-year-old man with memory issues was found Thursday afternoon after going missing Wednesday , police said.

Steven Nelson was found just before 4:30 p.m. in the area of Nakoma Road, officials said. Police said he appeared to be in good health, but was being evaluated by medical staff as a precaution.

Madison police said two officers on mounted patrol found Nelson in brush near a wall separating the Arboretum and Nakoma Road.

Nelsen suffers from memory issues and walked away from his home in the 3600 block of Nakoma Road Wednesday afternoon, police said.

Volunteers, first responders participate in mass casualty training

A mass casualty training exercise at Camp Randall Stadium Thursday morning shut down a section of Monroe Street.

Hundreds of volunteers worked with first responders to simulate a bomb going off at the stadium. The training exercise gave those involved a chance to develop skills they hope they never have to use.

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Operation Wisconsin Dawn started with some smoke rising near Camp Randall around 7 a.m., followed by first responders rushing to the aid of victims.

"As law enforcement we have an obligation to be ready and prepared for something like this," University of Wisconsin Police Department spokesman Marc Lovicott said. "And this gets our officers involved in a scenario that we make as real as possible with victims and everything else."