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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 - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Cop beater in court

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He's in court today for beating on a police officer. Two cops came to see Duane Thomas around 5 a.m. on the Fourth at a Fifth Ave. apartment. When asked to step outside, he refused. Punched one cop in the face. The fight sprawled to the hallway, where Thomas pulled the officer down a 15-foot flight of stairs. The 42-year-old La Crosse man was tased twice. Arrested for bail jumping, possession, batter to police and a slew of other charges.

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Meth-using car thief to face charges

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He will be in court today for admitting he stole a car. Benjamin Stetzer approached an officer parked in his squad off of James Street around 7 a.m. July Fifth. The 20-year-old La Crosse man told the cop he was still "tweaking" from meth two days prior and paranoid the police were following him. Cop offered him a ride, but he wanted to get his phone which was lying in the weeds. The officer followed him over, and questioned Stetzer about the 89 Buick that was parked there. Stetzer said he took it. Turns out, he did. Stole it the day before in Minnesota.

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Users of the La Crosse County landfill have been complaining about heavy traffic at the Highway 16 site. One garbage hauler has suggested thinning out the traffic by stopping citizen use of the landfill. Now, a county board committee is being asked to consider setting up a separate drop-off site for public trash disposal. The county says about 13-thousand private citizens use the landfill in a year, which is six times the number who used it only seven years ago. Fees from citizen use could bring in about 200-thousand dollars for the county this year.

 

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Hot dog eating robber expected to plea

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A guy charged with robbing a La Crosse area credit union last winter is expected to plead guilty today. Jonathan Smith was arrested in February just after a robbery at the Community Credit Union in Onalaska. Police say Smith was driving a stolen truck, and abandoned it. Cops followed footprints from the truck, leading them to Bridgeview Plaza, where they found Smith eating at Coney Island.

 

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On a day when the Republican governor of Wisconsin greeted the Democratic president arriving in La Crosse, that president had some cutting things to say about the Republicans who want to replace him.  President Obama briefly spoke to Governor Scott Walker at the La Crosse airport.  Later, at the U-W-L campus, Obama criticized the field of would-be successors as people with 'bad ideas' who will be 'makin' stuff up' about him.  To laughter and applause, Obama quipped that, while there was some healthy competition in the democratic field of candidates for president, he had, "lost count of how many Republicans were running for this job."

News stories yesterday reported that Walker officially will announce for president on July 13th.  Several Democratic lawmakers attended Obama's speech, including Senator Tammy Baldwin and Congressman Ron Kind. 

 

 

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Friday - July 3, 2015 12:00 am

Lawmakers Flock to Presidential Visit

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A strong showing for La Crosse area lawmakers Thursday as they greeted President Barack Obama at the La Crosse airport. Lining up to meet their chief...Steve Doyle, Chris Danou, Congressman Ron Kind and Senator Tammy Baldwin.

State Representative Jill Billings says La Crosse has been lucky to have been visited by each of the last four presidents and called it a very exciting day.

Billings says she was encouraged at what the president had to say. She told us that if the overtime package Obama presented at UWL doesn't fly federally wise...she may on board to introduce it state wide.

 

Meanwhile, some are still wondering why Obama picked La Crosse to outline new proposed overtime rules and trade packages. Word was that he was here due to the work Congressman Ron Kind put into a new Pacific trade deal. As the president flew away, Kind deflected those claims, saying they were largely overstated.  Kind also suggested that it was important for the president to travel to places like La Crosse to "get out of the bubble" of Washington.

 

As for the new overtime pay package, Kind said he shares President Obama’s belief that anyone who puts in a hard day’s work should be paid fairly, and he is looking forward to working with the Administration on this proposal as it moves forward.

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Friday - July 3, 2015 12:00 am

Walker Announcement Means Money Spigot Slows

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Governor Walker finally filing his papers to enter the presidential campaign.  He plans an official announcement on July 13th.  That means no more unlimited fundraising as a non-candidate.  Not by him.  Other groups are more than welcome to do that, says Jay Heck with Wisconsin Common Cause, and he's sure they will.  As Heck says, there will be shortage of money in the Walker campaign for president. 

 

As an official candidate for president, Walker himself can collect just 27 hundred dollars from individual donors for the primary election and another 27 hundred during a general election.  If he makes it that far.  

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Friday - July 3, 2015 12:00 am

Big Grant Funds Natural Area Improvements

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  Ten grand to help preserve some land near Prairie du Chien is a welcome gift for local conservationists.  The Mississippi Valley Conservancy has just landed a ten thousand dollar grant from 3M to help fund improvements to recently acquired land at its recently acquired property at the Sugar Creek Bluff state natural area, says Conservancy executive director Carol Abrahamzon.  She says the grant will be used to open up trails, improve accessibility as well as work on restoration of the property. 

The Sugar Creek property is close to a 3M plant and Abrahamzon says, the company is active in promoting conservation of the area. Abrahamzon says large grants like the one from 3M, though rare, are essential to not only preserving land but maintaining it as well.

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Friday - July 3, 2015 12:00 am

Secrecy Shrouds Budget Talks

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Supposed to be final details of a two year budget deal for Wisconsin getting hammered out in Madison today.  Which would be fine, says Jay Heck, from Wisconsin Common Cause; if there wasn't so much secrecy in the process leading up to the final version.  But it's all secret, he says; everything done behind closed doors and mostly with Republicans calling the shots. 

 

Republicans did announce a deal earlier this week that will leave a new Milwaukee Bucks arena and changes to the state's prevailing wage laws out of the new two-year spending plan.   

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A Tomah man arrested last year for his fourth drunk-driving charge is trying to get the state to nullify his first OWI, from more than 20 years ago.  But an appeals court says John Navrestad did not make a convincing case for dropping the 1992 charge.  Navrestad says his very first arrest should not count on his record, because the court mistakenly did not count it after his second arrest.  His most recent OWI case in Monroe County has not concluded yet.

 

 

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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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