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Wisconsin state Senator Van Wanggaard said this morning he will not challenge his loss in last month’s recall election, effectively conceding the race to his Democratic rival. Wanggaard, a Republican, lost to John Lehman by 819 votes in the June 5th recall. Wanggaard demanded a recount, which affirmed his loss. He said the time was not right to file a lawsuit. But UW-L Political Professor, Joe Heim, sees things a bit differently.
Wanggaard said he will challenge Lehman for the seat when the term ends in 2014. The win hands Democrats their lone victory out of last month’s six recall elections, and gives them a 17-16 edge in the state Senate.
Governor Scott Walker issued a state of emergency in 42 central and southern counties which had either had abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions as of last week. Donna Gilson with the state's department of ag, trade and consumer protection.
It has not rained very much in this territory this summer, if at all. And Walker’s order allows farmers to get faster approval of permits to divert water from streams and lakes. It includes La Crosse, Monroe, Jackson, Vernon and Trempealeau counties.
A plea hearing in a decade-old murder case has been cancelled in Monroe County...
The D-A's office in Sparta tells us that the attorney for Larry Schaffer has called off the hearing for a negotiated plea which was set for Tuesday morning. That means Schaffer will go ahead with a trial in August for the 2002 murders of Kale Kvistad and Connie de George. Police believe Schaffer shot the couple after a drug-related robbery. He was charged with the murders about 18 months ago.
In her 8 years as Executive Director of the Coulee Region Humane Society, Heather Schmid says she has seen the stray dog population go way down. As for cats? Well.....that's still another story.
She says education on the matter has gotten better over the years....but it will take the entire community to become educated on the dog adn cat populations to keep them down. Schmid's last day at the Humane Society is tomorrow.
A Sparta man, who was charged with vehicular homicide for a 2009 drunk driving crash that killed his brother, was back in a Monroe County courtroom this morning. 26 year old Jason Schodeberg was arrested 2 weeks ago for allegedly driving drunk and crashing a vehicle July 26th, 2009 on Highway 33 near Cashton. His brother, 30 year old Glenn Schodeberg of Leon, was found pinned beneath it. He was dead at the scene.
Schodeberg is still waiting for the county to appoint him an attorney. At the time of the accident, investigators could not determine who was driving the vehicle.