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Money's tight and getting tighter in the city of La Crosse. Latest indication of that; the police department is cutting hours at its walk-up lobby area in city hall by more than half. Starting this week, the lobby will close at six and re-open at six in the morning. The lobby will also be closed on week-ends and holidays. Police chief Ed Kondracki says, the change is being made in order to meet increased demand for other services with fewer resources.
The senate recall elections in Wisconsin were expected to be big money affairs and they certainly haven't disappointed. Nine state senators in all face recalls this summer. Fallout from the spring fight over collective bargaining in Madison. La Crosse's Dan Kapanke is one of the half dozen republican senators who will be on recall ballots next month. Campaign finance reports due Monday show that Kapanke has raised over $700 thousand this year and spent all but a hundred thousand of that to defend his seat. Democratic state rep Jennifer Shilling, meanwhile, has raised over a quarter million dollars to try and unseat Kapanke.
Calling it reasonable and predictable, University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly is recommending a 5.5 percent tuition increase for the state's 13 four-year universities for 2010-11. This is the fourth consecutive year that Reilly has recommended a 5.5 percent tuition hike. Something UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow does not want to do. Tuition at UW-Lacrosse would increase by $380 per year. The rates do not include mandatory fees or room and board, which vary by campus. The 18 members of the UW Board of Regents will vote on the measure Friday morning.
A solider found dead at Fort McCoy during the weekend was identified today as 40-year-old Felicity Binnier of East Stroudsburg New Jersey.
The death remains under investigation, and almost no other details were released.
Binnier was found unresponsive at the base on Saturday, during annual training. Binnier was part of the 78th Training Division based at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst New Jersey.
Police let you go from getting your first OWI, you'd probably go home and lick your wounds, right? Not Ben Hanson. He's the La Crosse guy who got arrested twice for drunk driving on Saturday. First time, he blew a .40 at the scene. Four and a half hours later cop got him at a .31. For OWI number two, Hanson told the cop he was driving because he needed some cigarettes. Well provisioned for the trip; police counted a case of beer, a twelve pack and three icy cold six packs in Hanson's car. Three cold cans were already missing.