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The jury sees what police saw at a murder scene in Barre Mills...
Jurors at the Eric Koula trial in La Crosse have been shown a video taken by police the day that Dennis and Merna Koula were found dead in 2010. The tape shows the couple's bodies...Dennis in the kitchen, and Merna at her computer. Investigator Fritz Leinfelder read from a written statement by Eric, about finding the bodies.
Eric Koula is accused of shooting his parents on a Friday, and calling police three days later to say he had just found them. Other police testimony today has dealt with finding a rifle and shells in the house.
Fresh from another rewrite, proposed garbage rules for La Crosse have been given the thumbs up by a city council committee. Landlord David Olson resists the trash disposal updates. Unecessary and ineffective, he says
The full city council will vote on the garbage rule updates next week. Among the changes are new restrictions on scavenging and expanded mandates for dumpsters at rental properties.
Some students will travel to our nation's capitol this summer...mostly for vacations. But for Rachel Carboni, an 8th grade student at Lincoln Elementary in La Crosse, her trip is not about vacationing...it's about winning a nationwide writing contest. Her statewide winning topic?
An 8th grader writing about the man who discovered The Miracles, The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and The Jackson 5?
Carboni, who plays the guitar, will travel to Washington, DC from June 11th to the 14th. She will present her paper to a panel of judges and answer questions on her topic.
La Crosse area Republicans have not had much to cheer about in recent elections...losing a state Senator in a recall, and seeing Democrats win two open Assembly seats.
But they did plenty of cheering Tuesday night, when Governor Scott Walker soundly fought off a recall 17 months into his term. We were speaking with county G-O-P chair Julian Bradley last night at the Days Hotel on French Island at the moment La Crosse County was counted in the Walker column.
Bradley and other party leaders were surprised by how quickly the race was declared in the governor's favor. He thought the vote might be as close as last year's Supreme Court race, which took a couple of days to sort out.
The state cut the UW System budget by $250 million over two years in the 2011-13 budget. To counter that, the UW System will vote Thursday on a 5.5% tuition increase. We asked UW-La Crosse Chancellor, Joe Gow if they really need the money.
Gow says to make matters worse, in October, the Department of Administration announced UW System had to return $46.1 million in state funding in the 2011-12 academic year to cover budget deficits and will have to return $19.6 million in the 2012-13 fiscal year.