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There would still be the same number of school days, but at Hamilton Elementary School instead of a long summer break there would be a number of shorter, strategic ones. That's the plan being looked for 2013. So why is year round school being looked at now?
Superintendent Randy Nelson says the schedule being explored is known as the 45-15 model. That means there would be 45 days in sessions, followed by a 15 day break. There would still be a summer break, but likely in the neighborhood of five weeks. Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha all currently have a year-round school. But the school being most closely looked at is in the Rochester district because of the similarities in the make up of students and size of the school.
Medical professions are on the rise in the La Crosse area. After two years of market studies and gathering input from focus groups made up of local business and industry partners, a new curriculum at Western Technical College has been established and students are being accepted into a new Medical Administrative Professional associate's degree program. And it comes with three levels.
Gary Brown, Dean of Western's Business division, says the new course, which is supported by the entire medical community, will be available this spring semester, which starts January 16th. They are taking enrollments for the course now.
After counting up tickets and tallying arrests, turns out it was kind of a quiet New Year's Eve for La Crosse police. There were a few fights. A few broken windows. Somebody on the southside swears he saw a guy shooting six rounds out of a gun though police never found casings. Not really that many drunk driving arrests. There was that one 20 year old Army vet who kicked in the door of a garage on the southside because he was cold, underdressed and trying to get warm. Not surprisingly, police say, that guy was pretty solidly drunk.
A La Crosse woman faces charges after taking some money from a hotel. Police say the 22 year-old is staying at the Affordable Inn on the northside. They say the owner of the Affordable got video of the woman taking the money out of his cash register last week. Apparently the woman used the same wad of cash to pay some of what she owed on her hotel bill there. Police say she admitted the crime and called the theft a "lapse in judgement."
If you ask lawmakers, chances are they'll tell you they're in favor of making a crime of first time drunk driving in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, says John Vose with the Wisconsin chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, costs of changing the law make the idea not such a winner
Which means the idea is likely a non-starter again this year in Madison. Wisconsin is the only state that treats a first time drunk offense as more of a traffic ticket than a crime.