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Wisconsin income gap widening between top 1%, everyone else

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Wisconsin income gap widening between top 1%, everyone else

Income of top 1% has increased 130% since 1979, as compared to 9% for everyone else 

Democrat ‘incredibly frustrated’ with leader over Foxconn

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Democrat ‘incredibly frustrated’ with leader over Foxconn

Barca plays both sides, criticizing process and supporting deal 

Solar eclipse hype for La Crosse likely to meet with rain

Sunday, 20 August 2017
Solar eclipse hype for La Crosse likely to meet with rain

Total solar eclipse in La Crosse area in 2099 

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Monday - July 20, 2015 12:00 am

DNR says endangered reptiles will die

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They might kill a few snakes and turtles, but crews rebuilding a power line in western Wisconsin won't destroy the reptiles.  The DNR says the rare wood turtle and massasagua rattlesnake will take a hit when Dairyland power rebuilds the line in Trempealeau and La Crosse counties.  It's between the Marshland Substation in Trempealeau County and the Briggs Road Substation in La Crosse County.  Old and decrepit and in need of repair, apparently.  The rattlesnake is listed as endangered and the turtle is listed as threatened.  The DNR says the population of neither species will suffer lasting damage.  

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It's being called a big victory for Scott Walker, as he starts his official campaign for president.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court has halted a John Doe probe into Governor Walker's campaign activities during the 2012 recall election.  Rick Essenberg from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty calls the decision a victory for everyone, because it should discourage prosecutors from starting investigations for partisan reasons.

The conservative majority of the Supreme Court voted to stop the probe into whether Walker's campaign was illegally involved with groups that supported him.

 

 

 

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Wednesday - July 15, 2015 12:00 am

No local hordes for new Harper Lee book

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Book-buyers have been lining up at bookstores around the world today to get a new novel from the author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'  In La Crosse, we're told that a few people were waiting for Barnes and Noble to open this morning, so they could purchase Harper Lee's book 'Go Set a Watchman.'  The store received several advance orders for the book that continues the storyline of lawyer Atticus Finch and his family from 'Mockingbird.' 

 

 

 

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Wednesday - July 15, 2015 12:00 am

MN lawmaker: No MNSure bills yet this year

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180 thousand Minnesotans are wondering what is going on with MnSure, the state health insurance exchange. Medicaid and MinnesotaCare insurance renewals have been held up by technical problems. State Representative Matt Dean says that has caused some major issues.

Dean says all of those people have yet to get a bill from MNSure for this year, leading to frantic calls to state offices which come with assurances but ongoing confusion.

 

Dean says although nobody has lost coverage as a result of the delay, MinnesotaCare patients are now concerned they will be hit with a bill for their premiums and any medical care they have had in recent months all at once.

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Wednesday - July 15, 2015 12:00 am

MVC director positive despite conservation cuts

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Relief from a La Crosse-based organization that uses state money to preserve bluffland.  Head of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Carol Abrahamzon is happy that the the final state budget includes continued funding for a key stewardship fund.  Even if the funding level is half of what it was during the last two-year state spending plan.  Abrahamzon says her group always has a strong application for funding from the state and she's confident that history of success will continue. 

 

The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship fund is budgeted for about $33 million per year for the next two years to buy up land statewide to be put into a conservancy.  

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Wednesday - July 15, 2015 12:00 am

Walker says day one priority is to dismantle Obamacare

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Some politicians win elections, but they don't fight.  Others fight, but they don't win.  Scott Walker says he does both, which is a major reason why he's running for president.  Wisconsin's governor launched his White House run in Waukesha yesterday, saying Washington needs new ideas, and the government should leave people alone.

Republican Walker had harsh words about President Obama, saying he's weak on foreign policy, and accusing him of passing too many 'bad' regulations, including Obamacare.  Walker vowed to work on repealing Obamacare on the very first day he takes office as president.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday - July 15, 2015 12:00 am

Forest Hills going to 9 holes

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As it turns out, redesign and construction of a hundred year-old golf course doesn't come without complications. Manager of La Crosse's Forest Hills course, Keith Stoll can tell you that.  Even the tunnel that goes under Burlington Northern's railroad tracks has had some unexpected setbacks. He says, after a heavy rain. water that was supposed to flow easily out of the tunnel inexplicably fills it up.  Stoll says Burlington Northern is figuring out how to fix that problem.  Meanwhile, he expects the rest of the revamped course to be completely ready for play by next summer.  On Monday, Stoll informed the city's public works board that Forest Hills would go from 18 holes to 9 on August 10th to accomodate the construction.  

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Monday - July 13, 2015 12:00 am

Power returns to many after storms

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About three-fourths of the La Crosse Xcel Energy customers who experienced outages after storms early today have their power back on, as of late morning. More than 14-hundred customers in La Crosse, mostly near the Lang Drive substation, lost their electricity at about 2 a-m. Some of them might not have power restored until late tonight.

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Monday - July 13, 2015 12:00 am

Walker's in for presidential run

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Governor Scott Walker tweeted this morning that he's running for president. "I'm in," says the tweet.  Shortly after, his first campaign video came out.

 

In the video, Walker says America needs new, fresh leadership with big bold ideas from outside of Washington to actually get things done. Walker is the 15th Republican to enter the race for the White House next year. The official announcement comes this afternoon in Waukesha.

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Monday - July 13, 2015 12:00 am

Deadly weekend accidents

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Two deadly accidents on area roads early Saturday morning. A driver in Shelby was killed after going off La Crosse County Road F and and hitting a culvert. The driver was thrown from the car.

In Trempealeau County, two cars collided on Highways 54 and 93 near Trempealeau. Thirty-year-old George Christie crossed the center line and collided with a second car. Christie was dead at the scene. Three people in the other car were transported to Gundersen for treatment. Those three are from Arcadia.

 

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Illinois could benefit from Foxconn without the risk

18 August 2017

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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