Wednesday - February 24, 2010 5:40 pm

Rides for Elderly and Disabled

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Getting old can be tough.  Especially when you can't drive anymore.  LaCrosse county aging unit director Noreen Kuroski says getting to the grocery store, the bank or even to visit a spouse in the nursing home can be a challenge. The MTU offers special rates for the elderly and disabled.  The county also has a mini bus that picks you up at home and takes you to your destination for a reasonable rate.  There is also the the Find a Ride Program where volunteers will give you a lift in their car.  Kuroski says they need more of those volunteers.

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Wednesday - February 24, 2010 1:38 pm

Ace on Agenda Between Mayor, Police

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A meeting on river drownings today in La Crosse city hall. Mayor Matt Harter says he's meeting with police on issues surrounding drowning deaths in the waters around the city. The mayor says he'll meet with members of the alcohol compliance team as well as other police brass. Members of the "Ace" team were recently assigned to additional duties as the police department dealt with budget constraints. The Ace team was something that came about after other recent drunken river drownings

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Wednesday - February 24, 2010 12:45 pm

MILITARY LOUNGE PLANNED AT AIRPORT

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THE IDEA IS THAT TRAVELING SOLDIERS WAITING FOR A PLANE FLIGHT DESERVE BETTER THAN HAVING TO SIT ON HARD AIRPORT CHAIRS, OR SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR.

THAT'S WHY THE LA CROSSE AIRPORT IS MAKING PLANS FOR A SMALL MILITARY LOUNGE ON THE MAIN FLOOR OF THE TERMINAL. DAN WRUCK, THE AIRPORT MANAGER, SAYS THE SPECIAL LOUNGE IS BEING PLANNED FOR THE EXTREME SOUTH END OF THE TERMINAL.  ONE REASON FOR THAT LOCATION, ACCORDING TO WRUCK...IT'S CLOSE TO A BUS STOP NEAR THE TERMINAL ENTRANCE. THE LA CROSSE CITY COUNCIL COULD GIVE ITS OKAY NEXT MONTH.

 

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Wednesday - February 24, 2010 11:40 am

Onalaska Hockey

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A junior hockey franchise is coming to Onalaska.   The city has been negotiating for about five years with a team in Iowa trying to get them to relocate to the Omni Center. Mayor Mike Giese says an agreement was reached with the team after the Omni Center agreed to keep their ice available for a longer period of time to accomadate the hockey schedule.  The Mayor expects the Omni Center to break even if they can attract over 800 fans per game. Junior hockey is a stepping stone for young players looking to catch on with college hockey programs.  The Onalaska franchise will begin their first season in September.

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Tuesday - February 23, 2010 8:42 pm

Lakeview Business Park

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LaCrosse county set up a business park in West Salem and then the recession hit.  Community development coordinator Brian Fukuda says businesses like the first to move into the Lakeview business park and doing well.  Select Trusses and Lumber was the first to move into the park and Brian tells us they've been a great tenant.  Since then a number of other businesses have moved into the park and Fukuda says there's plenty of room for more.  He admits inquiries have slowed down during the recession but he feels that will pick up along with the economy.

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Tuesday - February 23, 2010 8:30 pm

Flu Shot Update

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Has the idea of two or three shots kept you from getting vaccinated? Starting next fall one shot will vaccinate you against both the seasonal and swine flu.  LaCrosse county nurse Brynai Weigel.  She hopes more people will get the shot if they only have to go through the experience once a year.  Weigel says cases of H1N1 are low right now.  But, a third wave of the virus could still hit the region.

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Tuesday - February 23, 2010 6:38 pm

Former Principal Tapped as New West Salem Superintendent

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A West Salem Schools veteran is back. But this time as the boss. Longtime former high school principal Troy Gunderson will be the new superintendent for West Salem. The school board made the pick this week. Gunderson was principal from 1993 to 2008, leaving the district to become superintendent for GET schools. Gunderson will start his new superintendent job at West Salem on July first.

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Tuesday - February 23, 2010 6:37 pm

Senate Stall on BadgerCare Expansion

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The Wisconsin Senate has temporarily delayed action on a bill to create a new health insurance program for more than 20,000 Wisconsin residents.

Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker says lawmakers want to take a ``longer look'' at the bill, which had been expected to be be approved Tuesday. Senators said they expected to consider the bill with some changes on Thursday.

The plan, known as BadgerCare Basic, would cost enrollees $130 per month and is designed to pay for itself without additional tax dollars. The benefits for low-income adults with no children could cover basic primary and preventive care.

Gov. Jim Doyle's administration pitched the program after more than 20,000 people were put on a waiting list for the BadgerCare Core Plan, which suspended enrollment in October after running out of money.

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Tuesday - February 23, 2010 6:36 pm

Historic Veto Override Fails

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It looks like the governor will go on appointing Wisconsin's chief outdoors leader.

The state Assembly has failed to override Gov. Jim Doyle's veto of a bill that would have stripped governors of their power to appoint the Department of Natural Resources secretary. The bill would have handed appointment power instead to the Natural Resoruces Board, a citizen panel that controls DNR policy.

The bill's supporters claimed board appointment would keep politics out of conservation decisions. Doyle countered the DNR is stronger and more accountable with the governor clearly behind its leader.

A successful override takes a two-thirds vote of members present. With 96 representatives voting Tuesday, an override would have taken 64 votes. Democrats who introduced the bill could muster only 58 votes.

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Tuesday - February 23, 2010 6:36 pm

You Gave Me Promises, Promises

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Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker is offering a bold promise of jobs for the state if he's elected governor.

The Republican says the state's business climate is hurting because of too much government interference. He says his six-step plan will bring 250,000 jobs and 10,000 new businesses to the state by 2015.

Walker's plan includes lowering taxes, limiting regulations and improving health care and infrastructure.

Walker spoke Tuesday at the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce business day in Madison. He offered few specifics of his plan, saying he wanted to introduce the key points now and will revisit them in coming weeks.

Earlier Tuesday his Democratic rival, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, pledged to attract employers through tax credits for job creation

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