Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds

Mitch Reynolds is the News Director at Midwest Family Broadcasting. He covers the internecine agonies of La Crosse city hall. He really likes basketball.

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Thursday - February 18, 2010 7:50 am

Meyers Investigation Continues

It may be some time before we have the whole story of the last hours of Craig Meyers' life. the 21 year-old WTC student was pulled from the Mississippi Tuesday afternoon after disappearing early Sunday morning. An autopsy will be done on the body but police say that procedure will take longer since water temperature where Meyers was found was around 28 degrees. After the autopsy, police say they'll likely release results of any toxicology report but a full report on the death of Meyers might not be complete for weeks.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2010 6:36 pm

Golf Course Work Starting Before Snow Thaws

It may not seem like the weather for it, but golf training is this week at Forest Hills in La Crosse. It's actually training for those who work at the city-owned course. Getting ready for a season start that's still months away. But course manager Keith Stoll, with Kemper Sports managemnet, is ready to get going.  He says going into spring involves a bunch of unknowns.   Stoll recognizes that last year's Spring at the course was a bit of a struggle and he's planning on making big improvements at this course this Spring.     The city council this month has approved extending Kemper's management contract at the course for another year.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2010 6:33 pm

Shilling Says 'Yes' to Fed Money for Rail

La Crosse's rep on a powerful legislative committee has agreed to the big rail money-grab.

 

Democrat Jennifer Shilling is on the state's joint finance committee. The committee has approved receiving 822 million dollars from the feds for high speed rail funding in the state. Shilling says the money's essential to invest in the future of rail in the state. The vast majority of the money will go to fund the Milwaukee to Madison corridor. Less than a tenth of one percent of the total cash will go towards studying the future of high speed rail that might go through La Crosse someday.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2010 12:43 pm

Supporters Have High Hopes for Veto Override

A veto override is a distinct possibility now. The assembly will vote next week to override governor Doyle's veto of a bill that would have restored DNR secretary appointment power to the state's natural resources board. Wisconsin Wildlife Federation's George Meyer hopes the override succeeds. He says the current system of governor appointees has led to a series of DNR secretaries with very little wildlife managment experience.
The legislature hasn't had a successful veto override since 1981.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2010 12:41 pm

Vigil for Missing Student Tonight

A vigil tonight for a missing college student in La Crosse. WTC an UWL will hold a vigil tonight for 21 year-old Craig Meyers who disappeared over the week-end. The vigil begins at 6:30 tonight on the TC campus at the Lunda center at seventh street on the downtown campus. TC says the vigil is open to anyone who wants to support the family and friends of Meyers. Meyers, also a former high school wrestling state champion from West Salem, is a student in TC's criminal justice program.

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Tuesday - February 16, 2010 12:40 pm

School Board Member Says Cuts Unavoidable

School cuts are absolutely necessary. The La Crosse school board certainly has no doubt about that. School board member, Neil Duresky says a combination of shortcuts in state funding, rising costs, a flawed state funding formula and the recession have left the district no choice but to make cuts. The board has approved cutting nearly three dozen positions for the coming year. Other cuts are coming in technology, and co-currilcular activities.

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Tuesday - March 2, 2010 9:56 am

New Ideas for Lieutenant Governor Catching On

Right now, Wisconsin's lieutenant governor isn't asked to do much. More than one candidate for the job this year is campaigning on the idea of changing that. Republican Brett Davis is one of those. He's looking at turning the job into the top taxpayer watchdog for the state. For good reason, he says; people in the state are taxed too much because of wasteful spending.  

 

 

 

Another lieutenant governor candidate, Rebecca Kleefisch, wants to use the office to create a taxpayer waste tip line

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Wednesday - February 24, 2010 1:41 pm

Doyle Signs Healthy Youth Act

Gov. Jim Doyle has signed a law that will require Wisconsin schools to teach about birth control as part of comprehensive sex education classes.

The law allows school boards to continue deciding whether to offer courses on human development and sex education. But those that do will be required to address the benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and several other topics.

Doyle says the law is a statement that Wisconsin ``isn't going to put blinders on or plug our ears'' when it comes to the difficult topic of teenagers and sexual activity.

He says the law will make sure students are given the medically accurate information they need to make smart decisions. He and other supporters say the goal is to reduce teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

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Wednesday - February 24, 2010 1:40 pm

Doyle Will Make Concessions on Clean Energy

Gov. Jim Doyle says he's open to approving a scaled-back clean energy bill as long as a key provision setting new renewable energy standards remains in tact.

Doyle says the crux of the sweeping measure being debated in the Legislature would require 25 percent of Wisconsin's energy to come from renewable sources by 2025. He says that provision is what's critical to creating new jobs in fields like solar and wind energy.

Doyle told reporters he is open to changes on other details that he didn't specify and that he expects ``significant changes'' as it moves through both houses.

The bill would lift Wisconsin's ban on new nuclear power plants and tighten auto emission standards, among many other things.

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Wednesday - February 24, 2010 1:37 pm

Another Shot at Veto Override Not Likely

The DNR secretary appointment issue is dead for now. La Crosse state rep, Jennifer Shilling doesn't expect lawmakers to give another shot at overriding governor Doyle's veto of a bill to restore DNR secretary appointment authority to the state's natural resources board. Shilling was among those who voted to override in yesterday's failed attempt. Says she's not necessarily angry at the governor for his veto.   Shilling tells us that she understands how the governor's perspective may have changed on the issue from supporting the change for several years to abruptly changing his mind last spring. 

 

 

 

The assembly override attempt fell six votes short of the two-thirds needed to be successful.

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