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Madison property values show first increase in recent years

Increasing Madison property values for both commercial and residential properties are a sign of an economic recovery, according to city officials.

The city announced Friday a 3.2 percent increase for the average residential property and 4 percent increase for commercial properties. The overall increase is 3.5 percent.

Property assessments are being mailed to property owners on Friday.

City officials said properties appreciated in value $345 million during 2013 compared to a $31 million drop during 2012. In 2008-2009, property values depreciated more than $1.1 billion.

New construction in 2013 was 75 percent higher than in 2012, spreading the tax burden across more properties.

Also, the tax burden continues to shift from residential to commercial properties. It has increased from 31 percent to 35 percent since 2007.

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Edgewood bats too much for Madison West

After starting the baseball season 0-3, the Edgewood Crusaders were tired of losing. That was never more obvious than Monday at Warner Park when they beat Madison West 11-0.�

The Crusaders came out swinging. A four run first inning was sparked by an Aaron Mack triple. In all, Edgewod tallied four hits in the first.�

In the second, they continued the onslaught. Four more hits and four more runs, highlighted by a Bobby Dunn lead-off double, opened up an 8-0 Edgewood lead.�

The Crusaders added three more to win 11-0 and improve to 1-3 on the season.�

West High School in Madison is dedicating a new mural

West High School in Madison is dedicating a new mural at the school on Thursday May 1. Students in the Students part of the SAIL  (Student Achievement through Individualized Learning)  staff, students, and principle Ed Holmes along with artist Sharon Kilfoy will dedicate the painting at 1:30 p.m. in the “cafenasium” at 130 Ash St, Madison.

WBA offers reward for information on bank robbery

WBA offers reward for information on bank robbery

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who robbed a Home Savings Bank Feb. 18, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Bankers Association is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information about the robbery, officials said.

The robbery occurred at the Home Savings Bank at 7701 Mineral Point Road, according to the release. A black semiautomatic handgun was seen during the robbery.

The robber is described as a white man approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall to 6 feet tall with a medium-heavy build and a distinct walk, officials said. He was wearing an olive green jacket with black patches on the shoulder and sides, as well as a black vertical stripe on the hood.

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Madison ranked greenest city in nation

With Earth Day just around the corner, a website has ranked Madison the greenest city in the nation.

VIEW GALLERY OF TOP 25 GREEN CITIES

The website Nerd Wallet looked at the 95 largest cities in America and measured air quality, alternative modes of travel and natural attributes like lakes, biking and hiking trails and local parks.

Jessi Claringbole, community relations manager at Madison Environmental Group, a consulting firm that urges companies to build and think green, said she?s not surprised Madison made the list, but there?s even more the city can be doing.

?If we could expand the metro offerings, have it to be more available to outlying neighborhoods, and they maybe connect with other communities. Maybe starting in Dane County and then kind of expanding from there,? Claringbole said.

2 Madison businesses make top 101 cupcakes in nation

Two Madison bakeries have made the 101 Best Cupcakes in America list, according to a release.

The Daily Meal released the rankings Thursday with nationally-known and mom-and-pop shops both making the list.

Cupcakes-A-Go-Go in Madison is ranked 20th in the nation and Lucy Lou?s Cupcakes in Mazomanie is ranked 87th.

Other Wisconsin bakeries making the list include Miss Julia?s Bakeshop in Brookfield at No. 44 and Classy Girl Cupcakes in Milwaukee at No. 34.

The top five cupcakes places, according to the Daily Meal, are Fate Cakes in Columbus, Ohio; CamiCakes Cupcakes in Atlanta, Ga.; One Sweet Slice in Sandy, Utah; Pinkitzel Cupcakes and Candy in Oklahoma City, Okla.; and Pink Cake Box in Denville, N.J.

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Officers focus on 3 areas to enforce speed, red-light-turn laws

Police said officers are focusing on three areas of Madison this week to reduce traffic violations.

The Madison Police Department's traffic enforcement safety team will enforce speed limits on the eastbound Beltline Highway on Madison's west side and on the north side on Wright Street, according to a statement released Tuesday.

Officers will also be enforcing restrictions on East Washington Avenue in areas where right turns at red lights are restricted.

The special enforcement team regularly conducts targeted patrols to promote compliance with traffic laws.