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Analysis: Congressional GOP coming to grips with failure

Friday, 21 July 2017
Analysis: Congressional GOP coming to grips with failure

McConnell promised Senate will finally vote to open debate on a health care bill. 

Woodland and marsh trails closed in La Crosse

Friday, 21 July 2017
Woodland and marsh trails closed in La Crosse

City parks and rec. dept. working with volunteers to clear areas. 

Holmen police warn of man selling books door-to-door

Friday, 21 July 2017
Holmen police warn of man selling books door-to-door

He told one young girl he was there to tutor her. 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Lightning strike causes fires, gas leaks

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A lightning strike on two trees on the southside is impacting, so far, dozens of homes. Lightning hit two trees during storms this morning. The strike caused fires and then gas leaks in several homes around Fairway street off of Broadview. The situation has fire department and Xcel energy crews going from house to house looking for leaks which could take a couple of hours. Xcel is asking those who smell gas to contact them at 800-895-2999. Two houses suffered fire damage. Nobody hurt.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Clements to head global chaplains

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The global head of police chaplains now has a La Crosse link. La Crosse police chaplain Mark Clements has become president of the International Conference of Police Chaplains. Clements started the chaplain program for the La Crosse police department nearly 15 years ago and now heads an organization that locally serves about ten law enforcement agencies and involves about two dozen active and reserve chaplains. Clements is pastor at Living Word Christian Church in La Crosse.

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Governor Walker is riding high since announcing a run for president earlier this month. Polls show him near the top among the long list of presidential candidates. But critics contend he got there by making damaging changes to institutions like the UW system and the state's Badgercare health system. Unacceptable, says Robert Kraig, from Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  He says Walker's political maneuvers and ambitions should take a back seat to the needs of the people in the state. 

 

 

 

Latest polling shows Walker trailing only Donald Trump nationwide among likely republican-leaning voters but still leading in the all-important state of Iowa.

 

 

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Over the last decade, La Crosse's Irish population has set aside a weekend in August for celebrating the Gaelic heritage. That happens again in a couple of weeks, when Irishfest returns to the southside festgrounds. There will be music and dancing, an Irish comedian, and Irish food and drink. And along with the usual sheep-shearing, fest president Pat Stephens this year promises a demonstration of sheep herding.

 

The pre-Irishfest activities begin tonight with a special Irish trivia contest at Dublin Square on Main Street. The actual three-day festival opens on Friday, August 7th.  The fest will provide golf cart rides in order to deal with ongoing road construction around the festgrounds.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Report: Nursing needs more diversity

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Western Wisconsin has the lowest number of nurses relative to the rest of the population. That's the conclusion from a new state nurse survey. The annual survey finds that, in the western part of the state, there are seven nurses per thousand people. In northern Wisconsin, the ratio is 15 nurses per thousand people. The survey also finds that the nursing population is nowhere near as diverse as the rest of the population. 95% of nurses are white, according to the survey.

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The La Crosse metro area joined just about every other large population area in the state with a rising unemployment rate for June. Numbers from Madison show the La Crosse area's June unemployment rate at 4.2%, up three tenths from the month before and just slightly lower than June of last year. Though the state also shows La Crosse with a few hundred fewer people employed than last year. The Madison and Appleton areas were the only ones to not show an increase in unemployment for June.

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There's maybe a reason the roads are bad around here. Just look to the southeast corner of the state. Wisconsin's beleaguered roads and massive building projects are the subject of study just published this week in Politico magazine. The study says vast highway expansion projects are undertaken especially around Milwaukee at expense of basic maintenance in the state. the study says that, between 2009 and 2011, Wisconsin spent only 39 percent of its highway dollars on maintenance versus 61 percent on new highway capacity. The biggest one completed: the Marquette interchange. At the time, the most expensive project in the state. The zoo interchange in Milwaukee is expected to cost twice as much.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

New rest area planned for French Island

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It's less than 40 years old, but for a publicly-used building, that's old age. The DOT welcome center on French Island will be taken down soon, to be replaced by a new and larger center. 

 

Ben Wolf, with the Short Elliott Hendrickson architects of La Crosse, says the existing building is in need of maintenance and repair because of its age.   He and the Wisconsin DOT showed off designs for a new welcome center and Mile 1 rest area at a public meeting last night. Construction of a newer rest stop should begin next May, and take about five months to complete.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Court says Houston sand mine may reopen

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A court ruling this week in Minnesota will permit a silica sand mine in Houston County to reopen, if the owners choose to operate it again. The court of appeals overruled the DNR, which had blocked mining at the Erickson mine in Houston.

 

Rick Frank, environmental service director for Houston County, says the mine is considered small, because it would only produce up to 10-thousand cubic yards a year. The court ruling has no effect on other projects in Houston County, where the county board rejected a sand mining ban in March and allowed a moratorium to expire.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Tomah mayor upset with Roadsnacks ranking

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The Website Roadsnacks recently did a study of best and worst Wisconsin city's to live and some of the areas listed are somewhat shocking. Especially Tomah Mayor Shannon Hough who's city is listed 22nd on the Worst places to live in Wisconsin list.

Criteria for the ranking included highest unemployment rates, education levels and crime rates. Hough backs up that criteria....and says it's all basically wrong.

 

Hough also has a tough time dealing with the fact that Milwaukee, who's population is not even comparable to Tomah's, was also ranked with her city. A little higher up the list though as Wisconsin's largest city was ranked the 13th worst to live in.

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Higher income limits for voucher school students a bad idea

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The state of Wisconsin doesn't have an unlimited amount of money to spend. We see that with the billion dollar hole in the state's transportation budget our lawmakers can't fire...

The word on the street was "Wait!"...9 years ago

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Nine years ago, in the fall of 2008, a new traffic signal was installed at the intersection of West Avenue and Pine Street. The signal had an electronic voice telling...

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