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Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Friday, 18 August 2017
Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Van plowing into pedestrians killed at least 13, injured over 100 

Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

Friday, 18 August 2017
Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

The new plans for enlarging the La Crosse Center are getting good reviews from members of the city p...

La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

Friday, 18 August 2017
La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

This year, jail has seen 13 fights, almost 100 suicide threats 

Monday - February 21, 2011 10:40 am

Local Cuts From State Budget Looming

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Few doubt that governor Walker's budget for the next two years will include a number of cuts for local governments. La Crosse city council president Audrey Kader can only imagine how deep those cuts might be. But some of the impact on the city's budget would likely be in economic development areas. Problematic in the long run, says Kader, because it's that development that keeps growth occurring and the city's employment relatively high compared with the rest of the state.   Kader says, while taxpayers may not see the immediate impact of economic development programs, they have great benefit for the city over time.

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Monday - February 21, 2011 10:36 am

TC Prez Says Dorm Deserves Exemption

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WTC's new dorm in downtown La Crosse isn't owned by the college. Not yet. The building is privately owned on private property. That's why the city says the tech school needs to pay up for property taxes on the $8 million building. Leading to problem number one, says TC president Lee Rasch; the university can't legally pay property taxes and so that burden would fall on the students who live in the dorm.  But,  Rasch also contends that the dorm is operated like a college program and so should be exempt from taxes. That dispute goes to the city council next month.   Nearly a quarter million in property tax dollars is at stake in that dispute. 

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Friday - February 18, 2011 10:27 am

NEA Watching Wisconsin

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Not only is Wisconsin making headlines all over the state with what's going on in Madison, but across the country in newspaper headlines and on TV. And it sure has caught the attention of one 6th grade teacher from Utah. Oh ya....she is also the Vice President of the National Education Association.

So is this big news we're making here in the Badger state, Lilly Eskelson? YES!

 

Officials in other states are also keeping a close eye on the situation, mainly because they're attempting similar legislative measures in their states. Leaders in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Tennessee and Michigan are all considering limits to public employee pensions and benefits.

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Friday - February 18, 2011 10:26 am

16 Cars Damaged In Tomah

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Someone in Tomah was quite bored Wednesday, so they went around smashing out car windows. Tomah Police say they have recieved 16 complaints of windows being taken out.

Police say it appears as if the windows had been shot out with a pellet gun or similar weapon.

Tomah Police are investigating.

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Friday - February 18, 2011 10:10 am

Hundreds of Thousands At Stake in La Crosse Tax Disputes

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A couple of big dollar property tax disagreements could be decided by the La Crosse city council in the next month. One involves WTC and its new dormitory on La Crosse street. Worth eight million, says city assessor Mark Schlafer, but not actually owned by the tech school which had entered into a lease agreement with an option to purchase with a corporation called Paul and Pauline's corner which owns the land and the building. TC says the building's property exempt, Schlafer disagrees. Nearly a quarter million dollars in taxes are in play with that dispute. Tens of thousands also could be at stake regarding a dispute involving the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The shrine wants the entire pilgrim's center to be tax exempt. Schlafer says only a portion of it deserves that consideration.

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About five percent of Minnesotans really, really don't like governor Mark Dayton's proposals for their future. Dayton wants lawmakers to agree to a new top income tax bracket of nearly 11 percent for those earning over $150 thousand, plus an additional 3% for those bringing in over a half million a year. And that, says the legislature's tax committee chair, Preston representative Greg Davids, is how you soak the rich.   And how you drive them out of the state.   Davids says giving Minnesota the top income tax bracket in the nation will only drive those top earners to other states.  He predicts failure for Dayton's proposals in the house and senate .

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Thursday - February 17, 2011 1:35 pm

No Referendum For Monroe County

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The Monroe County Justice Center referendum is a dead deal for the time being. County Board Chair Rick Irwin says there is just not enough time to draft one before the February 22nd deadline. But he says its not a step back.

Iwrin says he is confident the process will remain on track as long as the board is moving forward.

An unofficial show of hands showed 23 supervisors thought something had to be done with the justice center in Sparta, and 20 would consider a downtown site for a new jail and justice center.

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Thursday - February 17, 2011 7:14 am

Area Schools Closed Today in Anticipation of Protests

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Several schools in the area have called off school in anticipation of protest actions against governor Walker's proposal to strip most public workers of much of their collective bargaining rights.  La Crosse, West Salem, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau, Bangor, and Holmen are among the districts that are closed as teachers are expected to convene on the state capitol.   A vote is nearing in the capital on the collective bargaining rights issue as well as other proposals to have union workers pay more of their own pensions and health care costs.  Law enforcement and firefighter unions are exempt from the proposed changes.

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It's hard to think of $350 million as being an insufficient amount of money.

 

But it might be a little less than necessary when it comes to cleaning up the Great Lakes. $350 million is how much president Obama's new budget has in it for lake clean-up. Actually, a 25 percent cut from funding last year. The group, Clean Wisconsin, is pushing for congress to approve at least $300 million for Great Lakes clean-up. Ezra Meyer, with the environmental group, says those hundreds of millions are really just a portion of the billions that is needed to do clean up of generations of industry, toxicity and invasive species in the lakes.

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Wednesday - February 16, 2011 4:25 pm

County Libraries Could Have Been Faster

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Currently, network connections for the La Crosse county library system are a bit of a snarled mess of copper wires.

 

County library director Chris McCardle Rojo says she's connected to the La Crosse city library which is trunked through city hall before heading to county buildings and then to Holmen and then to the rest of the county library branches. She says planned fiber optic updates would have cleaned up the nest a little and saved money on internet service besides. Which explains why she's disappointed that Wisconsin this week refused a $23 million fed grant that would have paid for those fiber optic updates. McCardle Rojo says it limits the future potential for the internet at library branches but the average user probably won't notice much different in speeds.

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Illinois could benefit from Foxconn without the risk

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The states of Wisconsin and Illinois may be neighbors, but not always friendly neighbors. Soon after taking office, Governor Walker ratcheted up the rhetoric when he posted a sign along...

Radio, movies, music that were popular 53 years ago

Friday, 18 August 2017

In 1964, local radio stations broadcast lots of high school sports. WKTY in La Crosse was broadcasting the WIAA basketball playoffs at all four levels, from regional to state. In...

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