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The U.S. Government has not passed a budget in 961 days. That's a little over 2 years. Last night, congress approved a trillion dollar spending bill that would avoid a government shutdown until at least September. Not good enough says one U.S. Senator.
Republican Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says the House is expected to approve the spending measure today, and the Senate could follow suit possibly today as well.
La Crescent Police are still investigating acts of vandalism around town. And they seem to have involved 10 high school students.
Chief Todd Nelson says the department's police report is not finished, and thus cannot be released yet. But the chief did say that 10 students from La Crescent High School were charged this week in connection with the vandalisms and that they seemed to be targeting faculty and staff from the La Crescent Schools.
Did Winona police catch an aronist? That may come out over the next couple of days with the arrest of a man this morning at a fire at his house.
The Winona Fire Department was called to 559 E. Front Street around 12:15 this morning for a fire in the home. Firefighters put the kitchen fire out in about 20 minutes. They stayed on scene for about 2 and a half hours. Firefighters were called back to the same house just after 4:00 a.m. and found the home was fully engulfed in flames, which were extending to one of the neighboring homes.
A man living in the home was arrested by Winona Police at the scene, but why he was arrested.....police are not saying. The man was being held in the Winona County Jail at the time of the second fire. Winona has seen 3 fires in a three block area the city in the past six weeks and police say they think arson was involved in those three.
The nativity battle in the capitol rotunda in Madison is on. The group, Freedom From Religion, has installed their counter to a nativity scene set up by Wisconsin Family Action. Had to, says Freedom From Religion president, Annie Laurie Gaylor
The Freedom group's nativity features a black female baby in a crib, a picture of a Venus statue and an astronaut with a caption that reads, "who needs angels when you have science?"
It's not like the cost of energy will go down any time in the near future. In fact Xcel energy is waiting on final approval from Wisconsin state regulators for electricity and natural gas rate increases of a little over two percent. Which makes it particularly galling, says Citizens Utility Board chief, Charlie Higley, that lawmakers in Madison killed increases for the state's Focus on Energy program. A program, says Higley, that saves way more than it costs energy consumers
A recent report from the legislature's own audit bureau found that for every dollar spent on Focus on Energy, consumers saved over two dollars in energy costs.