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In the end, all of those union endorsments might not do Kathleen Falk any good. The former Dane County executive proudly touts endorsements from basically all of the unions in her run for governor in the Wisconsin recall election. La Crosse county democratic party chair Vicki Burke says those early endorsements often simply amount to recommendations to union members and maybe shouldn't be taken as seriously as Falk sees them
Falk collected early endorsements from unions as soon as she entered the race for governor with promises to restore collective bargaining to public unions. That was months before Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett entered the race.
We don't know yet whether two women on the Wisconsin Supreme Court would recuse themselves from a possible disciplinary hearing against fellow justice David Prosser.
The two that Prosser doesn't want hearing the case are Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson, and the justice Prosser is accused of trying to choke, Ann Walsh Bradley. Both women spoke in La Crosse last week, but did not declare whether they would stay out of a hearing in the Prosser case. Abrahamson admits it's a "troublesome" situation.
The Wisconsin Judicial Commission says Prosser violated three ethical rules, but a group of appeals court judges is deciding now whether to send the matter to the Supreme Court.
One particular group of foreign students will get special recognition at the U-W-La Crosse International Banquet this weekend.
Students from Vietnam will get to meet their country's ambassador to the U-S at the dinner Saturday night. International Education director Jay Lokken says the Vietnamese students take a wide range of majors, with two programs being especially popular...pre-med and business.
During his visit to Wisconsin, ambassador Cuong Nguyen also will meet with the state's agriculture secretary to talk about trade between the U-S and Vietnam.
Dr. Troy Harcey, Associate Superintendent of Instruction for the School District of La Crosse is this year’s recipient of the Burt and Norma Altman Award for Community Service from the Office of International Education at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
A very interesting spectator showed up at the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway this morning....though racing does not start for 2 more weeks. A black bear was spotted roaming the grandstands inside the track, according to track Marketing Director, Dave Noelke. The 100 pound or so bear, was trapped by the hospitality area after a while, and track officials opened a gate to let it back into the wild. The DNR was called, but the bear was long gone by the time they showed up. They, along with a wildlife biologist, were tracking the bear around 12:40pm today, near Elm Street and West Ave. The West Salem High School was placed on lock down for the time being.