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Friday - June 19, 2015 12:00 am

Local Banker Frustrated with Nation's Debt

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Not that it's completely unexpected, but new numbers on the nation's growing debt bring condemnation this week.  On the national stage.  And locally.  Bruce Zmolek is president of Firefighters Credit Union in La Crosse.  He's stunned by the new debt predictions for the nation.  Just bad policy, says Zmolek, because every government operates better with less debt and America's debt just keeps growing.

 

The Congressional Budget Office this week projects the nation's overall debt--something around 20 trillion dollars now--to increase to more than a hundred percent of the nation's GDP in the next 25 years due to higher anticipate expenditures for health care and an aging population.

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Won't be pretty if the US Supreme Court takes down Obamacare.  That's the evaluation from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.  A new report from the group says Wisconsin has more to lose than many of the other 34 states that would lose federal health exchange insurance subsidies if the court finds those subsidies to be unconstitutional.  That's because people getting insurance on the exchange take advantage of those subsidies more in Wisconsin than in many of the other states that haven't set up their own exchanges.  About 180 thousand in the state get their insurance through the exchange.  More than 90 percent get subsidies.  

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As long as there's been an agency to control pollution in Minnesota, there's been a people's group to watch what that agency is up to.  Both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and its Citizen's Board were formed at the same time nearly fifty years ago.  But the board has been dissolved by lawmakers.  Which likely means no oversight of the agency, says board member and Winona farmer, Jim Riddle who calls the change, "a bad day for transparency and a bad day for government." 

 

Republicans in St Paul had pushed for dumping the board, saying, among other things, it was no longer useful.  Last meeting for the board is on Tuesday.   

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Group Works Towards Embracing Construction Changes

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Don't complain about construction, embrace it.  That's essentially the message from La Crosse city hall and the Downtown Mainstreet group about downtown construction.  Together, they've launched a campaign to focus on the positives of construction.  "Great City, Growing Greater" is the message.  The campaign is largely focused towards downtown businesses.  But highlights the huge economic impact of the construction and how all of the building projects will positively transform the city.   

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

New Speed Limit Signs Posted

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Road crews in this area didn't take too long to post the new 70 mile an hour speed limit signs on I-90.  We're told that the higher limit was already posted by about 9 o'clock this morning between La Crosse and Tomah, and the increased limit was in effect as soon as the signs went up.  By the end of the week, it will be legal to drive 70 on about 800 miles of interstate in Wisconsin.  That leaves Oregon as the only state between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Michigan with an interstate speed limit lower than 70.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Tomah Standoff Ends With Surrender

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Police in Tomah have seized several firearms from the house of a man who was arrested after a standoff early today.  The Combined Tactical Unit of Monroe County responded to Alan Pisarek's house after getting information that Pisarek was drunk and armed.  He's a convicted felon.  Pisarek gave himself up after speaking on the phone with negotiators, and was taken to jail to face possible charges.  The arrest happened in the 14-hundred block of Butts Avenue in Tomah.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Bomb Squad Detonates Pipe Bomb in Sparta

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Sparta Police Chief David Kuderer said that over the weekend there were four separate incidents involving suspicious minor explosions in the city which likely were from fireworks, so didn't want to take any chances on what was found Monday morning. Kuderer said that around 8:00 a.m., a garbage man found a pipe bomb in front of a home on Julie Avenue. After notifying police, several homes near the device were evacuated as a precaution.A bomb squad robot shot the end of the device off so they could look inside the tube. Their investigation continues into the incident. No injuries were reported.

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Kind Says Trade Bill Comes With Benefits

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On Friday, Congressman Ron Kind voted to pass Trade Promotion Authority. Kind also voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance, which did not pass. KInd says both bills give our workers and businesses even more wind at their backs to do what they do best: imagine, invent, build, and sell goods made in America to the rest of the world.  

 

Kind says the passage of Trade Promotion Authority is simply the first step in the process that gives President Obama the same authority every President since Franklin Roosevelt, except for President Nixon, has enjoyed. The House of Representatives passed the authority bill but failed to reauthorize Trade Adjustment Assistance.   Another vote may come this week.

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Accused Perpetrator Free to Teach Class

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A La Crosse man accused of sexually assaulting a minor has been released from jail...which means he'll be able to teach a class at U-W-L next week.  University chemistry professor Paul Miller was given a signature bond of 10-thousand dollars in court on Monday.  Miller is facing a second-degree assault charge.  A criminal complaint is expected tomorrow.  In order to avoid going back to jail, Miller has to avoid contact with anyone under 18, except for his own family.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Special Olympics Torch Relay Stop in La Crosse

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It was just two weeks ago when the annual Torch Run for the Wisconsin Special Olympics went through the La Crosse area.  Tonight, an even bigger torch relay in honor of Special Olympics will be celebrated at Copeland Park.  The Unified Relay Across America began just after Memorial Day, and is taking three separate routes through the U-S, according to local Special Olympics volunteer Kerry Gloede, all starting at various points to the east.

The Flame of Hope arrives at Logger Field for a ceremony at 6 p-m.  The three relays will end at Los Angeles in early July for the start of the Special Olympics World Games.

 

 

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