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New Hilldale shops to open in June

A west Madison shopping center is expected to open its latest redevelopment in June, including several new stores.

A spokesman for Hilldale Mall said the North Midvale Boulevard expansion would have its first two new stores, Lucky Brand and Morgan's Shoes, open on June 2 after a ceremony with Mayor Paul Soglin.

Work on the $15 million expansion began in early September, when mall officials said the project would add 53,000 square feet in an area between Metcalfe’s and Macy’s on the mall’s north end, making room for a new restaurant and numerous new retailers.

Lucky Brand and Morgan's Shoes will open at 10 a.m. June 2. Sur la Table and Stride Rite are expected to open June 3, New Balance June 4, Kate Spade and Mes Amies June 5, and multiple other retailers later in the month, according to a project spokesman.

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Waunakee stops Madison Memorial, 2-0

Jada Dayne and Grace Lujan scored to lead Waunakee to a 2-0 win over Madison Memorial in a non-conference girls soccer game at Mansfield Stadium Friday night.

After a scoreless first half, Dayne headed in a corner kick in the 61st minute to give Waunakee a 1-0 lead.

Then, shortly after, Lujan chipped a ball into the Memorial goal to provide the final margin of victory.

Mallards ready to open 2015 season

The Madison Mallards open the 2015 Northwoods League season Tuesday night at Warner Park against Kalamazoo.

Manager Donnie Scott begins his third season with the Mallards. After winning the Northwoods League Championship in 2013, the Mallards finished in the middle of the pack last season.

Scott says he's ready to get to work and get back to that championship level.

"I know I can't wait for this thing to get started," Scott said. " I want to get out the gate. I mean I'd like to put a pretty good run together  right off the bat, try to win the first half.  And once they get comfortable with things, things really seem to start clicking."

WATCH: Get a first look at Arctic Passage at Henry Vilas Zoo

Mary Jo Ola was at Henry Vilas Zoo Wednesday morning to share a preview of the new Arctic Passage that opens this weekend.

The Arctic Passage is the zoo's biggest renovation in its history. Crews broke ground on the project in March 2014. The passage spans nearly two acres of land and features environments for twin polar bears Sakari and Suri; and a pair of grizzly sisters known as the Grizzly Girls; and harbor seals. 

A restaurant in the addition offers diners a look at the polar bears, who can also watch you have your meal.

For more information about the opening weekend event, visit vilaszoo.org/arcticpassagegrandopening.

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Woman injured in crash of speeding car, police say

A car speeding down Raymond Road clipped a parked car, jumped a curb and crashed into a ditch Tuesday evening, according to a release from Madison police.

Officers were called to the crash near Reetz Road at 7:22 p.m.

The 23-year-old driver was taken to a hospital and was listed in critical condition.

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: