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One of the two men charged last week in a jailhouse beating in La Crosse is now headed to trial...
A county jailer testified today that he saw Andre Chamblis hitting fellow prisoner Jessop Maas from behind, while a third man also threw punches at Maas. Chamblis was already in jail on a drunk driving charge, and now he's accused of battery by a prisoner. The other alleged attacker, Kenneth Jackson, has been unable to find a lawyer for the case.
La Crosse will be the host city this year for the Statewide Jaycees Indoor Olympics that began in 2008. The event Saturday, is a charitable fundraiser that brings in teams from across Wisconsin as well as other parts of the United States. The La Crosse event will draw 50 teams in competition.
(AP) The state Department of Public Instruction is reporting that the number of teachers and other staff working in Wisconsin schools dropped 2.3 percent this school year. The data released today comes in the middle of an ongoing political fight with Gov. Scott Walker over the impact of cuts he made to public school funding last year and changes to collective bargaining rights that he says helped districts make up for the losses in aid. State Superintendent Tony Evers says in a statement there must be a bipartisan investment in public education because losses in school staff erode the public education system. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says that districts could have cut positions and saved money.
(AP) We Energies says it has started disconnecting Wisconsin and Michigan residential customers who are behind on their energy bills. A state-imposed moratorium on disconnecting customers ended Monday. Commercial and industrial customers are exempt from the Nov. 1 to April 15th moratorium and can be disconnected for nonpayment anytime throughout the year. The Milwaukee utility company is urging customers to keep their accounts current by making payment arrangements if they're behind. We Energies says it can offer payment plans, including a minimum payment option.
(AP) The state of Wisconsin is warning people that not all money raised by professional law enforcement and firefighting associations goes to local agencies. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection advises people to make sure they know where their donation is going before agreeing to give the money. Agency official Sandy Chalmers says the money raised by the campaigns is legitimate, but it can be confusing to people who think they are helping out their local departments. The Consumer Protection Bureau says if anyone has questions about where their money is going, they should simply ask. Solicitors are required by law to give out that information. The bureau says to be suspicious of any caller unable or unwilling to disclose that basic information.