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Madison officials finish lead pipe replacement project

An 11-year project to replace all the lead pipes in the city of Madison has finally ended, according to city officials.

The Madison Water Utility said it has successfully replaced more than 6,000 customer water lateral pipes from lead to much safer copper pipes.

Utility officials provided reimbursements to homeowners of half the cost of replacing the lines. Owners that refused to replace the pipes could face fines, but the utility said they didn't hand out many to customers.

The utility was ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace all the lead pipes back in 2000. Virtually all buildings built before 1927 had lead pipes going from the city's main water pipe to homes and businesses, officials said.

Recent testing done after the pipes were removed has confirmed that Madison?s water is in full compliance with federal regulations, they said.

Nerad waiting for contract after Michigan job offer

Madison Metropolitan School District Superintendent Dan Nerad is waiting on a contract proposal from the school board in Birmingham, Mich, after receiving a job offer on Monday night.

The Birmingham public school board approved an offer. The administrators in the Detroit suburb said that they want him to start July 1.

Although Nerad's contract with the Madison district doesn't end until next spring, he said he hopes for a smooth transition.

"We don't know who that is. We don't know where that person is coming from," Nerad said. "But again, I can't underscore enough, for whatever time I have here, I'm going to remain focused on our priorities in the Madison Metropolitan School District and I'm going to do whatever I can to assist this school board in ensuring a good transition and leadership."

School Board President James Howard said district officials hope to have a permanent replacement for Nerad by next year.

Shots fired at West Side home Friday

Madison police were called out Friday morning after several concerned citizens called to report hearing five to seven gunshots on the city's West Side.

The incident happened at around 2:50�a.m.�in the 5300 block of Hammersley Road, according to police.

Witnesses reported hearing several more gun shots a short time later but from further away.

Responding officers didn't find any evidence of a shooting.

Around 10:40 a.m.�Friday, officers were sent to a duplex in the 1400 block of Theresa Terrace.

Residents reported hearing gunshots earlier in the morning and had found several bullets had penetrated a door to one home.

No one was hurt and shell casings were recovered.

Museum explores '80s, '90s music recorded in Madison

A Wisconsin museum is exploring punk, alternative and grunge music recorded and produced in Madison in the 1980s and 1990s.

The exhibit is called "Smart Sounds/Alt Music/Mad Scenes" and it runs from June 19 to Sept. 15 at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison.

It's expected to explore how the music being played, recorded and produced in Madison during those decades created a music scene with national impact.

The exhibit centers around Madison's Smart Studios, starting with its founding in 1983, its rise to fame in the 1990s and its closing in 2010.

Bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Madison's own Grammy-nominated band Garbage recorded there.



Beach on Lake Waubesa closed because of blue-green algae

A beach in the Town of Dunn was closed this weekend following a report of blue-green algae in the water.

Goodland County Park Beach on Lake Waubesa was closed to swimmers after public health officials tested the water and found it positive for blue-green algae.

The algae can sicken people and pets.

To check the status of other Madison-area beaches, visit http://cityofmadison.com.

Police seek public's help to catch serial bank robber

Madison police are asking for the public's help to stop a brazen bank robber who is responsible for nearly a dozen heists in the Madison area.

Police said that the latest robbery was last Friday on Madison's West Side.

Investigator s said that what's unusual about this thief is how often he's striking. They said that often times, bank robbers will strike more than once but typically months apart. The robber has been striking weeks -- even days -- apart, they said.

Madison police aren't the only ones investigating a string of robberies. Authorities said that they believe he is responsible for bank heists in Madison, Middleton, Rock County and even Dubuque, Iowa. The suspect has hit eight times in the last month alone, they said.

Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that the thief follows a similar pattern.

Madison West tops Middleton in girls soccer sectional finals

Madison West High School girls' soccer team rallied to best Middleton on Saturday.

In the 30th minute, Middleton got free kick and Kirsten Gunderson scored to make the game 1-0 with the Cardinals in the lead.

In the second half, at the 58th minute, the ball was loose in the box and Rose Brown scored to tie up the game.

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It looked like the game was headed to overtime when in the 78th minute, West's Sarah Mondschein set up Brown for the goal that sends the Regents to state championship for Division 1.

West won with the final score, 2-1.

In Division 1, West will play Divine Savior Holy Angels in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 5 p.m.