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Unemployment numbers, locally, dropped across the board from last month.
The city of La Crosse's unemployment rate was 7.4%, down from 7.6% in July, and La Crosse County's rate was 6%, down from 6.2%.
The La Crosse metro area's unemployment rate in August was 6%, down from 6.2% in July.
Wisconsin's unemployment rate for August was 7.9%, and the national rate was 9.1%.
Kids might not walk to school for exercise. Maybe not to relieve traffic congestion. But maybe they will for a free breakfast. At least that's the carrot behind one school's plan for a safe routes to school walk Wednesday morning. La Crosse's Lincoln Middle School is organizing a group walk starting at Weigent Park. The first of several Wednesday morning group walks scheduled for the fall. Kids who make the trek will get a free breakfast once they get to school.
Looking to recall Wisconsin governor Scott Walker? You're in the minority in the state. That's the findings of a new poll conducted for a free market group in New York. According to the poll for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 44% of Wisconsinites are in favor of recalling governor Walker but a solid 50% say no to that process. Meanwhile, the same poll finds that Wisconsinites are almost perfectly evenly split on the job Walker's doing. While slightly more than half are opposed to Walker's signature legislation in Madison, the law that added restrictions to collective bargaining for most public employees
La Crosse police have nabbed a couple perps for a several car break-ins. Cops say 25 year-old Shane Lancour and 27 year-old Eric Close are responsible for breaking into numerous cars in the city recently and for a burglary at a hobby shop on the city's northside. They're still looking for 33 year-old Jeffrey Michel for being involved with several other car break-ins.
A nineteen year-old college guy in La Crosse has caught a break after roughing up a classmate this week-end. Cops say Micheal Whayland was making moves on a young woman he's just met. Everything seemed to be going okay. Right up until he smacked the girl around, choked her, and, finally, ripped out her lip ring. Just an underage drinking ticket and disorderly conduct for Whayland, though, because the victimized woman opted not to press charges. Some additional justice perhaps in the end, though: Another guy broke Whayland's arm to avenge the woman's injuries.