In a part of the state where the military base is the largest employer, $500 billion in sequester cuts in 10 years for the Department of Defense, is cause for concern.
Those who operate Fort McCoy will see approximately 20 percent less in their paychecks thanks to mandated furlough days which have now begun. The civilian employees must take one furlough day every week between now and September 30th. That amounts to 11 days.
Linda Fournier, the Fort McCoy public affairs officer says that amounts to $3.7 million less spent in the area.
A hearing planned for today could provide the last chance for lawyers to offer motions before a double homicide trial begins in La Crosse.
Jeff Lepsch is scheduled to be tried two weeks from now for a double murder at May's Photo in downtown La Crosse. Store owner Paul Petras and his son A-J were shot inside the store last fall, during an apparent robbery. At a hearing in May, Lepsch's attorneys asked to have the murder charges dismissed, because police may have erased security video from the crime scene by accident. The motion was withdrawn later.
One person was stabbed this morning during an early morning fight and La