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Democratic State Senator, Kathleen Vinehout, has had a bullseye on her back ever since she and 13 others left the state back in February to protest a Republican plan to sharply curtail union rights for public employees. Since then, she has been the top Democrat on the republican's list of recall candidates. Until this week.... when the GOP said they have backed off that pledge. Vinehout says she is keeping her ears and eyes open.
Last week Senator Jennifer Shilling said she was all prepared to talk jobs in Madison. Nothing. Now, Senator kathleen Vinehout is repeating those words.
And with the special session out now until Tuesday, Vinehout says she has no clue WHEN jobs will make the senate floor.
A longtime area baseball coach has died.
Jim Mason, a former coach at Viroqua High School and 1986 inductee into the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame died Thursday at Vernon Memorial Hospital in Viroqua. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Viroqua. Visitation is from 4 to 6 p.m. on Monday in Viroqua.
Changes in the Doyle administration sex ed bill passed last year are coming. On Wednesday, the state senate passed the GOP bill by a 17-15 vote. Democrats called the legislation foolish and unrealistic, but Republicans forced the measure through. It now goes to the state Assembly, though it's unclear whether the chamber will consider the bill this year. So will it change the way sex ed is taught in the Lacrosse School District?
College students in Wisconsin don't graduate with as much debt as many of their peers around the nation. That's part of a new report on college debt released today. Average college debt for Wisconsin is around 24 thousand dollars for public and private students who graduated in 2010. That's the 15th highest debt load in the nation and about one thousand dollars below the national average of $25,250 for 2010 graduates. UW-La Crosse graduates have significantly lower debt levels than that, about 21 thousand dollars for those who graduated in the spring. Some schools in Wisconsin did not report their graduates' debt load for the report. Viterbo University in La Crosse is one of those.