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A driver ticketed during a police stop in Crawford County last year has tried to get a state appeals court to throw out her fines. It didn't work.
Catherine Gotthardt of Westby was fined for failure to wear seat belts, and for failing to carry car insurance. Gotthardt said bad weather would have kept the state trooper from looking into her car, to see if she had a seat belt on or not. The trooper said he could see Gotthardt's passengers starting to fasten their seat belts just after the car was pulled over. Gotthardt also claimed that she doesn't keep car insurance for religious reasons. But the judges discovered that Gotthardt never brought that up in court, until just after she was found guilty.
La Crosse is about to join a small list of cities in the state with natural gas filling stations. Although there has yet to be an official announcement from Kwik Trip, we've heard from multiple sources that the company is working on adding a compressed natural gas filling station at its store on the corner of fifth and Cass in La Crosse. There's currently only 13 such filling stations throughout the state to fill the need of a small but growing number of cars on the road. There's approximately 10 million CNG cars around the world, but it's an extremely small segment of the automotive market in the states, even though cost to fuel the cars can be a third the cost of gas and diesel.
(AP) Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett says he will decide between March 30 and April 3 whether he will run against Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election. Barrett said that he wants to announce his intentions before the April 3 mayoral election. Barrett says he also wants to wait until after the state elections board meets on March 30 to vote on certifying the recall election. Democrats have been anxious to know Barrett's plans. Three other Democrats are already running. They are former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Secretary of State Doug La Follette. Barrett lost to Walker in the 2010 election.
(AP) A panel of federal judges has barred the state elections board from using new Republican-drawn election maps. The decision Thursday marks at least a partial victory for Democrats and a Hispanic-rights group who argued the maps hurt minority voters. The ruling says the new maps redrew two Milwaukee voting districts in a way that violates the Voting Rights Act. The ruling means the two specific districts will have to be redrawn. Critics of the new maps had said the boundaries divided minority blocs and disenfranchised voters. Supporters argued it's impossible to draw maps that please everyone. Election boundaries have to be redrawn every 10 years to account for changes in the most recent
(AP) New data from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development show the state added 6,200 jobs in February. DEED Commissioner Mark Phillips says the state has now seen three straight months of ``strong job growth.'' DEED says the state has added 32,300 jobs in the last three months regaining more than half of the jobs that were lost during the recession. The state unemployment rate went up a tenth of a point in February to a seasonally adjusted 5.7 percent. The U.S. unemployment rate is unchanged at 8.3 percent. Most of the jobs came in education and health services. The government and construction sectors also added jobs, but the state saw losses in professional and business services.