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A bill passed by the senate and assembly this week, would would change eligibility standards for the scenic byway program to include non state roadways, such as Bliss Road in La Crosse. It was penned by Representative Jill Billings and Senator Jennifer Shilling, both of La Crosse. We asked Billings how she got the bill, which received bi partisan support, to go through.
Currently in Wisconsin, only state or federal roadways are permitted designation, leaving many city, town and county roadways unable to apply for this program. Expanding the program to non state roadways would not only preserve more of Wisconsin’s scenic and historical areas, but allow for additional state and federal funds to help with promotion and upkeep of these local roadways.
Bryan Stanley's future could be decided in the next 30 days...
And that future could mean that Stanley becomes a permanent resident of the Mendota hospital. Stanley...who killed three men at an Onalaska church in 1985...was jailed this week after reporting that he's been feeling anxiety. The district attorney's office has little involvement in the process to decide whether Stanley is recommitted, but D-A Tim Gruenke says he would participate in Stanley's upcoming hearing. Stanley was released from Mendota three years ago...angering families of his victims, because they were not told ahead of time that he would be freed.
(AP) Some of the Minnesota charities that operate pull-tabs and bingo games whose tax proceeds are being eyed to help pay for a new Vikings stadium believe the state's projections of how much money would be raised are too optimistic. The Vikings stadium bill would allow charities to offer new, electronic versions of their pull-tabs and bingo games. The hope is that increases gameplay, and creates a corresponding spike in tax revenue to finance the $400 million state share of a new, billion-dollar stadium in downtown Minneapolis. But some game operators are skeptical of the Dayton administration's projections. The CEO of the Hoffman Senior Citizens Club in that small western Minnesota town says she strongly doubts their gambling profits would more than triple in size, as the state estimates.
(AP) A La Crosse County man imprisoned for keeping his mother's body in a basement freezer and for shooting a neighbor is scheduled to be released from prison in a matter of weeks. The Department of Corrections says that Philip Schuth will move to Eau Claire when he's released from the Columbia Correctional Institution April 16th. Schuth will be under supervision for the next 10 years. Schuth lived with his mother, Edith, on French Island near La Crosse and in 2005 shot and wounded a neighbor who had come onto their property. The shooting led to an all-night standoff before Schuth was arrested. Police then discovered the body of Schuth's mother in a block of ice in the basement. Schuth told police she had died of natural causes in 2000.
(AP) A Wisconsin judge has signed off an agreement that would make May 8 or June 5 the dates for recall elections against Gov. Scott Walker and five other Republicans. Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess gave the agreement an official OK Wednesday. The tentative deal was reached a day earlier by lawyers for the state elections board, recall committees and recall targets. Under the deal, any required primaries would be held May 8 with a general election four weeks later, on June 5. Otherwise a primary election would have been May 1 and the general election May 29, near the Memorial Day holiday. Four Republican state senators face recall elections. It appears nearly certain that Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, will also stand for recall.