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La Crosse police have one man in custody from a robbery earlier this month. But they're still looking for accomplices. They say 22 year-old Jacob Foley was the point man in an elaborate scheme to steal thousands of dollars in cash from a woman. Police say Foley damaged the woman's tire and then later offered to fix it in return for a ride home. Instead, Foley led the woman to an ambush. They say Foley choked her, another guy stuck a knife in her face and somebody was waving a gun around. The guys got sixty bucks altogether.
(AP) The Minnesota House has unanimously passed a bill that would require teachers to pass a basic skills test before getting a teacher's license. Republican bill sponsor Andrea Kieffer says the legislation would keep unqualified teachers out of the classroom.
Current law allows teachers to hold a provisional license for three years while continuing to retake the test. The companion bill hasn't received a vote in the full Senate. Gov. Mark Dayton has not yet taken a public stance on the bill.
(AP) Frontier Airlines will cut nearly 500 Milwaukee area employees as part of a major service reduction in Milwaukee. Nearly half are flight crew members based at Mitchell International Airport. Those workers will be reassigned to bases outside Milwaukee. Frontier plans to make the job cuts in April, according to a filing Monday with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. Denver-based Frontier has about 1,000 employees based in Milwaukee. Many of the flight crews don't live in the Milwaukee area. But other employees live in southeastern Wisconsin, including maintenance workers, gate agents and baggage handlers. The news comes just four days after Frontier announced it will eliminate five nonstop routes from Milwaukee. Those cuts will reduce daily departures out of Mitchell International from 32 to 18.
(AP) Two Republican lawmakers want Minnesota's cigarette tax to more than double as a way to deter smoking and to repay Minnesota schools for aid delays during recent state budgets. Sen. Carla Nelson and Rep. Mike Benson, both of Rochester, outlined the bill Monday that they will formally introduce later in the week. Nelson acknowledged it cuts against Republican anti-tax orthodoxy but says she hopes her party and the public will embrace it because of the intended purpose. Minnesota's current $1.23 cent per-pack tax currently ranks among the middle of all states. The bill would boost that to $2.52. By supporters' estimates, a higher tax would generate $320 million in the next two years. Nelson says the bill would make it less likely that price-conscious young people would start smoking.