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Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Friday, 18 August 2017
Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Van plowing into pedestrians killed at least 13, injured over 100 

Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

Friday, 18 August 2017
Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

The new plans for enlarging the La Crosse Center are getting good reviews from members of the city p...

La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

Friday, 18 August 2017
La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

This year, jail has seen 13 fights, almost 100 suicide threats 

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Friday - August 14, 2015 12:00 am

Council agrees to mayor's pay hike

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The mayor will get a raise in La Crosse.  Depending on a decision by the current mayor.  The city council on Thursday voted to approve a ten percent hike in the mayor's salary to $85 thousand a year.  
 
But you're getting plenty for that, says chief proponent of the raise, council member Jai Johnson, including someone who manages a $72 million operational budget, $7 million of capital improvement projects, 17 department heads and hundreds of employees.  She says the job is the most important.  More important, she says, than the county administrator or the La Crosse school superintendent, both of which make way more money than the mayor of the city of La Crosse.  
 
Mayor Tim Kabat has suggested he may veto the raise.  It would be the first veto since he took office.   

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Texas murder victims to be buried in La Crosse

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Valerie Jackson and her six children will be buried in La Crosse soon. Those seven people, along with Valerie's husband, were shot and killed at their Houston, Texas home last week allegedly, by Valerie's former partner. Funerals for the murder victims are planned for Monday at a church in Texas. The Jackson family wants to bring the bodies back to La Crosse, by way of Minnesota. Valerie Jackson and the shooting suspect, David Conley, used to live in La Crosse. Valerie went to court in La Crosse a few years ago to get a restraining order against Conley.

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Soldier dies at Fort McCoy

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A Soldier was found unresponsive Wednesday morning at one
of the training sites at Fort McCoy and transported to the Sparta Hospital by Fort McCoy Emergency personnel. The Soldier was later pronounced deceased.

The Soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

The incident is under investigation.

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Mom gets probation for leaving child in car to buy heroin

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Probation for a Galesville woman who left her toddler in a hot car, while she went into a La Crosse house to buy heroin. Katie Kaiser has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child neglect charge. The 3-year-old boy was in a car seat inside the car that was parked outside a house on Hagar Street last April. Police said the child was sweating. They found drug activity going on in the house, and Kaiser had admitted to buying drugs there. Two other women were arrested on heroin charges in that incident.

 

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Man cited for dog park threats

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La Crosse police are releasing information about a guy who was apparently threatening to shoot dogs in a dog park a week ago. David Schurhammer is the guy. They say a woman claims he brandished his gun, threatened to shoot her pit bulls and called her names while at the Houska park dog park. Schurhammer admits to threatening the dogs. But only if they attacked his dogs. Still worth a misdemeanor, according to police, for the threats against the dogs and name calling towards the woman who made the complaint in the first place. Police say they recommended to Schurhammer that he maybe find another dog park if he doesn't like pit bulls.

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

State panel approves new science building for UWL

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The State Building Commission has approved the design and construction of UWL’s new Science Labs Building and the renovation of the Center for the Arts main entrance with the addition of an ADA elevator. This is the final approval needed for both projects to move forward.

A new science facility will address a lack of space and severely deteriorating infrastructure in Cowley Hall. When the facility was built in 1963, and added on to in 1968, fewer science programs were offered at UW-L. The approximately 188 thousand square foot building will be constructed on the parking lot north of the existing Cowley Hall, commuter lot 3. Construction on the $82 million project, funded by state tax dollars, is scheduled to begin in spring 2016 and be completed in winter 2018.

The $1.4 million renovation project at the entrance of Center for the Arts will resolve safety hazards, accessibility issues and a failing retaining wall. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2015 and be completed in early 2016.

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The city of La Crosse and the DOT don't seem close to resolving some differences over the future of the Rose Street entrance into the city.  The state agency has agreed to consider moving some lanes on Rose if the city funds the redesign process to do that.  And then the city will have to pick up the bill for the extra costs.  Costs that wouldn't exist, contends mayor Tim Kabat, because the changes the city wants to make to the DOT design would actually save taxpayer dollars.

Kabat says he's frustrated at the agency's apparent intransigence on reconsidering construction plans.  He maintains that the whole project is early enough in the process that changes should be something the DOT can easily consider.  While a representative from the DOT tells us the property acquisition aspect of the project is actually behind schedule, blaming city hall for the delays.

 Kabat wants the DOT to fund the estimated $250 thousand redesign for Rose Street.  He says the agency should do its due diligence to consider all options for the street before committing to one design.  The DOT apparently will only consider some changes, but only if the city pays for the redesign process.

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Cougar sightings confirmed in Wisconsin

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First cougar sightings of the year have been confirmed in Wisconsin. The DNR says they've got positive IDs on cougars in Marinette and Langlade counties.  That means eight years in a row of cougars confirmed in the state. 
 
Biologist David MacFarland doesn't necessarily see a trend.  He says the sightings have been sporadic and so far the cougars seen in the state all appear to be males that come from the same area in the Black Hills of South Dakota.  MacFarland says the animals are on the move away from a densely populated area and on the prowl for females.  He says there has not yet been a confirmed female cougar in the state.
 
 MacFarland says the big cats have never attacked a human or a domestic animal in Wisconsin.  Cougars are a protected species and hunting is not allowed.
 
 

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Pothole work to slow I-90 traffic tonight

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Nighttime drivers on I-90 could run into delays this evening, if they travel near the Dresbach bridge. The Minnesota DOT says crews will be filling potholes tonight, between 9 and 11 p-m, on the bridge above the tracks at Dresbach. The work will affect only westbound traffic on the interstate, and cars could be stopped for a brief time. Crews will be working at night because of the low amount of traffic then.

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Thursday - August 13, 2015 12:00 am

Mayo to end water births

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They know that some mothers will be disappointed, but doctors and administrators at Mayo are ending the practice of letting babies be born underwater. Too risky to the health of the baby, according to two doctors' organizations. The CEO of Mayo Franciscan in La Crosse, Joe Kruse, says no harm has come to babies who went through water births in La Crosse, Tomah, or Waukon. An average of 30 water births a year are performed at Mayo in La Crosse out of four million done around the U-S. Mayo will still permit mothers to relax in a tub of water just before the actual birth.

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Illinois could benefit from Foxconn without the risk

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The states of Wisconsin and Illinois may be neighbors, but not always friendly neighbors. Soon after taking office, Governor Walker ratcheted up the rhetoric when he posted a sign along...

Radio, movies, music that were popular 53 years ago

Friday, 18 August 2017

In 1964, local radio stations broadcast lots of high school sports. WKTY in La Crosse was broadcasting the WIAA basketball playoffs at all four levels, from regional to state. In...

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