Madison365 Week in Review for May 23


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    The positive coronavirus test rate in Wisconsin has remained low even as testing has ramped up.



    Dane County will begin the first phase of its reopening plan on Tuesday, May 26.




    UW-Madison has closed the Memorial Union Terrace and much of its lakefront.




    Local artist Jenie Gao will host a virtual studio tour this week.




    “MadCity Night In” Saturday night will be a virtual music and comedy show raising money for the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and The River Food Pantry.



    A Black-owned business in Rock County is making custom masks and matching accessories.



    Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison will open in a limited capacity this week.




    The state of Wisconsin is offering $75 million in aid to small businesses.




    Dane County announced a $10 million eviction prevention fund.




    The first-ever Loud & Unchained Black Theater Festival has been cancelled due to COVID19.




    And in non-COVID news ….


    A Madison teen will be featured on the show “Project Pitch It” with his bamboo-based business.




    One year in, Urban Triage is making an impact with Black families in Madison.




    Former Madison alder Brian Benford announced his candidacy to succeed Fred Risser in the State Senate.

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