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Monday - July 13, 2015 12:00 am

Gavrilos realizes career goal

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A realization of a career dream is how La Crosse police sergeant Drew Gavrilos sees his appointment to the police chief's job in the town of Campbell. Gavrilos tells us everything he's done in his career has been with the eventual aspiration of becoming a chief of a department. Gavrilos has spent the better part of the last 20 years with the La Crosse PD with time off to be a secret service agent for a couple years. Gavrilos will officially become the town's police chief in early August

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

County art curator gets first approval

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The plan to hire an art coordinator for the new La Crosse County administrative building has made it through one committee. The downtown campus planning committee is endorsing the idea of setting aside 10-thousand dollars a year in the county budget to pay an art manager, and to acquire art works to be displayed in what is now the Associated Bank. Vicki Burke served on the study committee that recommended the coordinator idea, suggesting that if art is displayed in the building, somebody will have to be put in charge of it.

 

Two members of the planning committee voted against the idea out of concern that the county is already spending too much money on the office building project.

 

 

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Man who threatened to kill president charged

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A Tomah man who threatened to kill President Barack Obama while he was in the area last week, has been formally charged with a crime.

 

55 year old Brian Dutcher appeared in federal court in Madison on Tuesday. The complaint says that Dutcher traveled to La Crosse on July 1st, the day before President Barack Obama was scheduled to speak at UW-La Crosse on the economy. The complaint alleges Dutcher approached a security guard at the La Crosse Public Library and said he knew the president was in town and he would shoot the president if given the opportunity. He also told an investigator that he had stated the same thing on his facebook page. A detention hearing will be held later this week.

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Tech school first phase completion cheered

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Construction on the northern half of the Western Technical College Coleman Center is complete. Facilities Manager Jay McHenry tells us things have been smooth sailing for the most part so far.  He partially credits having "a very good team going into the project" for that success.

 

Phase two of the project will begin next week with fall of 2016 completion being the target date. Coleman Center remodeling and construction is part of the college s Vision 2020 facilities plan, funded through the $79 million referendum approved by voters in 2012.

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Group pursuing mystery of open records limit origin

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Bill Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council, says his organization wants to know exactly who was behind last week's move to gut the state's Open Records law something he will aggressively pursue. Lueders says the measure, inserted in the state budget bill late at night just before the long Independence Day weekend, brought immediate, harsh, and nearly universal push back .

 

The item was approved by the 12 Republican members of the powerful Joint Finance Committee, over the protests of the committee's four Democrats. Lueders says no one has said where the initiative for the proposal originated. Governor Walker has said the proposal will be discussed as a separate measure outside the budget bill.

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Duct tape child rapist says he didn't do it

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A sexual assault suspect pleads 'not guilty' today, to a charge of forcing a teenage girl to have sex with him while camping on an island. Last month, a La Crosse judge found probable cause to try 39-year-old Christopher John on the alleged rape charge. John's next court hearing is set for October. Police found evidence that John put duct tape on the girl's mouth and bound her hands together during the reported assault.

 

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Troopers alone in line for pay raise

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A bill that would give state troopers a 6% raise in exchange for higher health insurance premiums was approved this morning by the state senate. Another bill on the Senate agenda would set up a new 2 year compensation plan for about 31 thousand other state employees. On the floor, Democrat Fred Risser explained his no vote by reminding colleagues that none of the other 60 thousand state employees were getting raises. 

 

That plan contains no general wage increases. Most state workers got 1 percent raises in both 2013 and 2014. It was approved 19-14.

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Tech school president proud of grad rates

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The caps and gowns have been put away and the diplomas are being framed. What's in store for the thousands of recent college graduates in Wisconsin? While they are often anxious about finding a job, a recently released report suggests graduates of Wisconsin's technical colleges need not worry.

Western Technical College President, Lee Rasch tells us that some of their numbers are higher then the state's overall.

 

95 percent of 2014 Western Technical College's grads were employed within six months and 87 percent employed in occupations related to their degrees. Job placement rates for system wide graduates have been 86 percent or higher for the last 16 years.

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Indoor smoking ban anniversary cheered

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Doctors and other health professionals are celebrating five years of smoke-free laws in Wisconsin. Although the air is cleaner in public places, the bad news is that too many people are still smoking and young people continue to pick up the tobacco habit. The La Crosse Area Health Initiative continues looking for ways to get people to give up tobacco, and to avoid using e-cigarettes, which they argue are not helping smokers quit.

 

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Salvation Army tries new kind of kettle drive

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If you're seeing red kettles on counter tops in local stores.......don't think you've just woke up from a long winter's nap. It's a new fund raising drive for the Salvation Army to help pay for thousands of meals they will serve over the next few months.
 
Julie Nelson with the local Army says while donations of food are always helpful, The Salvation Army fund raising drive focuses on cash donations to help pay for the behind the scenes part of feeding the hungry.
 
 
 
Nelson says The Salvation Army is asking people for an average gift of $6 since the cost of providing one meal in the meal program is $6. She says giving $6 to help a feeding program is like taking a homeless person to lunch. Nelson says the big red kettles will be back out around the holidays.

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