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There is something uncomfortable about watching the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner. And it's not just the room was filled with narcissists pretending to love one another. It was uncomfortable...
MADISON, Wis. (AP) Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a measure designed to help crack down on food stamp trafficking.
The bill that passed with bipartisan support in the Legislature would expand definitions in state law of what constitutes illegal food stamp trafficking. Walker signed it privately in the Capitol on Monday.
The law brings Wisconsin into line with the federal government's new expanded definition of food stamp trafficking. That refers to the illegal buying, selling or transferring of food stamp benefits for cash or other unlawful purposes. Trafficking occurs in most cases when food stamp recipients sell their benefit cards online and in the open market and then apply for free replacements.
In any given month about 15 percent of Wisconsin's population, or 850,000 people, receive food stamp benefits.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota churches are deciding whether or not to perform gay marriage ceremonies with Minnesota's law about to change. Gay marriage becomes legal August 1. One United Methodist minister with a long history on the issue won't be able to perform gay weddings.
Roger Lynn is a retired Methodist pastor who lives north of Brainerd. In 1971, he performed a wedding ceremony for two Minneapolis men whose legal fight to get married was among the nation's first. But after his actions were publicized, the United Methodist Church defined marriage as between a man and woman only.
That church rule still stands today. Lynn says he's disappointed he won't be able to perform any more gay weddings, but doesn't want to risk his pension.
A big traffic tie-up on I-90 north of La Crosse this afternoon, if you're headed toward Minnesota...
All westbound lanes on the interstate are blocked because of a multi-car accident near Exit 2 on French Island. The DOT reports that cars are backed up as much as three miles. It could take until about 5:30 to clear the scene.
Wisconsin Rapids Police are looking for a A 34 year old La Crosse woman has been missing since Tuesday and police are asking for your help in finding her.
Jennifer Wilson told her family she was leaving La Crosse Tuesday night to head to Wisconsin Rapids but as of noon Thursday, she was a no show. Police say Wilson might have stopped to visit friends in La Crosse. She walks with a cane and is driving a 2004 beige Chevy Malibu.
If you have any info, contact the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department.
The La Crosse County Board takes a big step toward selling the old courthouse...
By an 18-to-5 vote, the board decided last night to accept a 250-thousand dollar offer from two developers who want to turn the Administrative Center into a college dorm. But that doesn't mean the sale is final. Thursday's vote opens the door to negotiations with the developers, which could take weeks or months. Some opponents of the sale argue that the county is 'fast-tracking' the deal, with supervisor Ralph Geary calling the six-figure offer 'ridiculously low.' Backers of the plan point out that the dorm offer is the only offer the county has received for the 50-year-old building.
They don't like the decision, but they'll go ahead with it...
Leaders of La Crosse County are getting ready to allow former Sheriff's Deputy Trisha Stratman to return to work at the end of this month. Stratman was fired almost two years ago, after causing a collision that killed a teenage driver near Holmen. County corporation counsel David Lange says there didn't appear to be any solid grounds to appeal the decision to return Stratman to her job. Last night's announcement fell on the third anniversary of the accident in which Brandon Jennings died. Stratman was acquitted of reckless homicide in a trial a year after the crash.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota's unemployment rate is continuing its downward trend. The Department of Employment and Economic Security announced Thursday that the state had a 5.2 percent jobless rate in June. That's a tenth of a percent lower from where it was in May.
The department says Minnesota employers added 400 jobs in June. That was thanks to a 2,500-job increase in the private sector, which was offset by a 2,100-job loss in government employment.
The state has added 54,100 jobs in the last year, for a growth rate of 2 percent. The U.S. growth rate during that time was 1.7 percent.
Minnesota's economy has consistently outperformed that of the U.S., which in May had a 7.6 percent unemployment rate. Minnesota has now regained 95 percent of the jobs lost during the recession.