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What can you do to show how upset you are about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? A number of people are organizing protests and boycotts aimed at the company responsible for the ongoing leak. LaCrosse county sustainability coordinator Nick Nichols feels it's ill advised to boycott BP gas stations. Instead he suggests cutting back on consumption altogether. Nichols points out that gas and oil prices are down because the demand has also gone down. He suggests taking a bike ride and combining your trips to save on gas. Which means more money in your pocket.
La Crosse gets another sex offender released into the community today. La Crosse police say 33 year-old Earl Yanske will live at Attic correctional on Rose street beginning today. Yanske did time most recently for having sex with a 15 year-old girl. But he's been convicted in the past of having sex with a 14 year-old runaway. Cops say Yanske's not to have any unsupervised contact with children.
And then there were two. Retired commercial building inspector Nick Charles says he's running for assembly in Wisconsin in the district currently held by democrat Jennifer Shilling. The La Crosse native says he just felt it was time to tackle the daunting task of unseating the popular incumbent who hasn't had an opponent in eight years. Charles joins fellow republican Julian Bradley in the race. Bradley announced his campaign for the 95th district several weeks ago.
One group in the state has started a drive for a constitutional amendment to require that transportation funding only get used to fund the state's transportation system. Constitutional amendment or no constitutional amendment, Wisconsin democrat candidate for governor Tom Barrett pledges not to raid money from the state's transportation fund for other uses. It would be a break from the traditions of the current democratic governor. In the recent past, Governor Doyle has taken hundreds of millions from the fund to help pay for schools.