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For La Crosse Lawyer, Brent Smith, serving on the UW Board of Regents is a big thing. Becoming President of the Board...a bigger thing. But Smith does admit...sometimes it's just a title.
Smith finds out later today if he will become President of the board after regents elections are held at their meeting on the campus of UW-MIlwaukee.
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Boots on the Ground conservation program has teamed up with the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department to host Take Kids Fishing Day, a free community fishing event. One of four events being held nationwide, Take Kids Fishing Day will take place on National Get Outdoors Day, which coincides with National Fishing and Boating Week this year. Registration is tomorrow morning from 8:30 – 9 a.m. and fishing runs from 9 – 11:30 a.m at the Pettibone Lagoon. It's open to the public but limited to the first 150 kids. The even is sponsored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department.
The last year has seen a big surge in graffiti in La Crosse. In an apparent response to the tagging, the city council is expected next week to pass new rules that aim to crack down on graffiti vandals as well as defining the timelines within which property owners have to clean up the graffiti. The proposed rule changes say that the city can do the clean-up after 24 hours and bill the property owner. Fines also will balloon: a thousand dollars for the first tagging. Two thousand dollars for each subsequent violation.
Autopsy results in the Eric Koula murder case are being heard by the jury today.
Information about the deaths of Dennis and Merna Koula could suggest how the shootings took place. Forensic pathologist Lindsay Thomas took part in the autopsies of the Koulas. She believes that Dennis Koula was shot from a distance...contrary to the defense theory that the shots were from handguns at close range.
Prosecutors think Eric Koula may have used a rifle from his parents' house to commit the murders. Thomas supports the police conclusion that the shootings occurred late on the afternoon of May 21st, 2010...three days before Eric said he found the bodies.
Funding to the UW system was cut by $250 million over two years in the 2011-13 budget. And with more money having to be returned to the state, UW-La Crosse finds themselves in an $8 million hole. Now, they can find $3 milion of that.......the rest? A tuition increase that La Crosse Regent, Brent Smith, will vote on today.
Under the tuition increase proposed for in state students at the 13 four year campuses and two year campuses in the UW system, increases would range between $247 at the two year colleges to $681 at UW-Madison. $300 at La Crosse.