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Monday - November 7, 2011 10:43 am

Unwanted Guest Removed From Southside House

An unwanted guest for a guy on La Crosse's south side this week-end.  Police say Todd Alesh wound up on an unknown couch just before four in the morning on Sunday.  Homeowner says he had no idea who Alesh was.   But he did ask the drunken and belligerent 26 year-old to leave multiple times.   Cops finally got him out of the house.   Blew a .32 on the scene and police collected a bag of marijuana as well. 


A La Crosse guy put up a heckuva fight this week-end, but still wound up in the back of a squad car, with taser probes in his back and a spit hood on his head.   Police say Shawn Xiong wasn't even the guy they were after when they responded to a domestic throw-down on Saturday night.  But, they say, he was drunk and belligerent and causing problems, so they pulled out the handcuffs.  But Xiong didn't want to go quietly.  A scuffle ensued.  They tumbled down some stairs.  They tased him.  Three times.  Finally got him in the back of a squad.  And he spit in a cop's eye.   Thus the spit hood.   Xiong faces a number of charges. 


Monday - November 7, 2011 10:40 am

Special Election Tomorrow

Special election tomorrow for La Crosse's state assembly seat.   Democrat Jill Billings faces Republican DAve Drewes.   Drewes is a fan of changes that governor Walker has pushed for in Wisconsin




Monday - November 7, 2011 10:39 am

Hearing Today on Bus Fare Increases

A public hearing on proposed fee increases for La Crosse's public bus service today.  



The transit utility wants to boost all fares, senior citizens and disabled riders included.   Proposed fare for a regular adult rider would be $1.50.  A quarter higher than it is now, but still in line with fares in other like-sized Wisconsin cities.  Eau Claire and Janesville are currently at a $1.50.   Sheboygan's a little higher at $1.75 for regular bus fare.  Other cities like Wausau and Fond du Lac are at $1.25.   Oshkosh appears to be the lowest; bus ride there is still just a buck.  Fare increase hearing is at 5:15 in city council chambers. 


Friday - November 4, 2011 5:53 pm

Late Sessions Bring Out The Tempers In Madison

Members of Wisconsin's Assembly might be sleeping in today. That's after back to back days of late nights and early mornings in the state capitol. And it was apparent that some were getting fiesty around 1:30 this morning.

Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca accused the GOP of ignoring the Assembly's tradition of not interrupting the other party's caucuses. After Republican Jeff Fitzgerald responded to Barca, someone in the audience then yelled an obscenity at Fitzgerald, and the speaker pro-tem had the gallery cleared.


Friday - November 4, 2011 5:52 pm

GOP Backs Off Vinehout Recall

Democratic State Senator, Kathleen Vinehout, has had a bullseye on her back ever since she and 13 others left the state back in February to protest a Republican plan to sharply curtail union rights for public employees. Since then, she has been the top Democrat on the republican's list of recall candidates. Until this week.... when the GOP said they have backed off that pledge. Vinehout says she is keeping her ears and eyes open.


Thursday - November 3, 2011 6:00 pm

Vinehout Asks Where The Jobs Bills Are

Last week Senator Jennifer Shilling said she was all prepared to talk jobs in Madison. Nothing. Now, Senator kathleen Vinehout is repeating those words.

And with the special session out now until Tuesday, Vinehout says she has no clue WHEN jobs will make the senate floor.


Thursday - November 3, 2011 5:46 pm

Local Hall Of Fame Coach Dies

A longtime area baseball coach has died.

Jim Mason, a former coach at Viroqua High School and 1986 inductee into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame died Thursday at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday in Viroqua. 


Thursday - November 3, 2011 3:56 pm

Will There Be Sex Ed Changes In La Crosse Schools

Changes in the Doyle administration sex ed bill passed last year are coming. On Wednesday, the state senate passed the GOP bill by a 17-15 vote. Democrats called the legislation foolish and unrealistic, but Republicans forced the measure through. It now goes to the state Assembly, though it's unclear whether the chamber will consider the bill this year. So will it change the way sex ed is taught in the Lacrosse School District?


College students in Wisconsin don't graduate with as much debt as many of their peers around the nation.  That's part of a new report on college debt released today.   Average college debt for Wisconsin is around 24 thousand dollars for public and private students who graduated in 2010.  That's the 15th highest debt load in the nation and about one thousand dollars below the national average of $25,250 for 2010 graduates.   UW-La Crosse  graduates have significantly lower debt levels than that, about 21 thousand dollars for those who graduated in the spring.  Some schools in Wisconsin did not report their graduates' debt load for the report.   Viterbo University in La Crosse is one of those.