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TOO MUCH RAIN HAS CAUSED PROBLEMS AGAIN WITH BLISS ROAD, WHICH TAKES TRAFFIC UP AND DOWN THE LA CROSSE SIDE OF THE BLUFF. ANOTHER LANDSLIDE HAS FORCED THE CITY TO SHUT DOWN THE ROAD. SIMILAR SLIDES HAPPENED DURING FLASH FLOODING PERIODS IN 2007 AND 2008, LEADING TO EXPENSIVE REPAIRS. THE CITY IS EXPECTED TO INSPECT THE WASHED-OUT PART OF BLISS ROAD TODAY.
If the La Crosse city council stays evenly divided on the backyard chicken issue, one guys vote could become all important. Mayor Matt Harter could kill or save the backyard chicken proposal. We asked where he's at on chickens right now. He says he believes very strongly in property rights but when you choose to live in a city you give up some of those rights. At the same time, Harter likes a provision of the proposed ordinance that would require a yearly renewal of an application for chickens and that neighbors would have to agree to the application. Harter says he'll wait to see how the debate on chickens goes tonight before the final vote on the issue. He doesn't believe that vote will be split evenly as it was on Tuesday.
Viagra on public employee prescription plans? They had it in Milwaukee schools and want it back. La Crosse city employees get Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and other erectile dysfunction drugs on their plan. We asked mayor Matt Harter if those drugs should stay in the plan considering the city's financial straits. The mayor says the human resources department is evaluating all such expenditures. Harter says his aim is to make the city health plan resemble those that are available in the private sector.
A DOUBLE MURDER SUSPECT IS FOUND COMPETENT...
JUDGE TODD BJERKE ACCEPTS A DOCTOR'S REPORT, FINDING THAT ERIC KOULA OF LA CROSSE IS MENTALLY FIT TO BE TRIED FOR THE SHOOTING DEATHS OF HIS PARENTS BACK IN MAY. KOULA MAY ENTER A 'NOT GUILTY' PLEA AT HIS NEXT HEARING ON AUGUST 27TH. KOULA IS ACCUSED OF KILLING DENNIS AND MERNA KOULA TO OBTAIN SOME OF THEIR MONEY, TO HELP HIM GET OUT OF DEBT.
ABOUT 17-HUNDRED XCEL CUSTOMERS IN HOLMEN HAVE LOST THEIR ELECTRICITY THIS MORNING...
XCEL SPOKESWOMAN LIZ WOLF GREEN SAYS AN EQUIPMENT FAILURE AT A SUBSTATION CAUSED AN OUTAGE JUST BEFORE 8 A-M. SHE DENIES REPORTS OF AN EXPLOSION AT THE SUBSTATION, BUT SAYS THE EXACT CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM HAS NOT BEEN DETERMINED. POWER COULD BE RESTORED BEFORE NOON. MEANWHILE, THE HOLMEN FIRE DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING TO LET PEOPLE STAY AT THE AIR CONDITIONED FIRE STATION FOR A WHILE, IF THEY CAN'T STAY COOL INSIDE THEIR HOMES WITHOUT ELECTRICITY.