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Plenty of safe places to work in the region.   A meat-packing plant in Norwalk doesn't appear to be among them.   OSHA has put the smackdown on the VPP Group meat packing facility for what the federal agency is calling a "zero commitment to worker safety and health."  The action comes after the December electrocution death of a worker at the plant.  OSHA says the worker was sent to work on a leaking water pipe near an electrical box.   The fed agency found nearly a dozen violations in the plant, some not having anything to do with the electrocution.  OSHA has recommended fines of nearly 190 thousand dollars to VPP.

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Last summer, the threat of a federal government shutdown lingered for several weeks.

What are the chances of that happening again this year? Not as severe, says Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Speaking in Winona this week, she said that other leaders in Washington don't want to come that close to a crisis again.

 

Klobuchar voted last year to support a debt limit increase to keep the government from going into default. Republicans who have run against Klobuchar in this year's Senate race have criticized how Washington handled its economic problems.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 11:04

Kwik Trip Deal Gets First Approval by Council

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A deal for Kwik Trip to expand in La Crosse appears headed for approval.  The city council has overwhelmingly agreed to a development agreement that would have the company adding significantly to its footprint in the city's industrial park.  Great, says Mayor Matt Harter.  Except for that one part in the agreement about returning a portion of property taxes generated by the project in a form of a cash grant

 

 

Harter doesn't believe that companies like Kwik Trip should receive substantial financial assistance to expand in La Crosse while smaller companies do without.  

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 11:02

City Garbage Rules Headed for Update

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New rules regulating garbage disposal in La Crosse appear to be on the way.   The city council has given preliminary approval to an update to La Crosse's garbage codes that involve mandates for increased use of dumpsters by rental properties, increased restrictions on scavengers, and limits on numbers of large items that can be thrown out at any one time.  The city's public works board has been working on revising the city's current garbage rules for more than a year.  Several landlords have resisted the new rules, saying that they would be costly and ineffective.   

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012 11:01

County Aiming for Help From Wellness Grant

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An effort to expand wellness education could use some help.   La Crosse county nutritionist Linda Lee is hoping for support for a 450 thousand dollar grant to, among other things, add to the current Farm-to-School effort in the county

 

 

The grant comes from the feds through the UW system.  It's a competitive grant and bonus points are awarded for the county's grant application based on votes gathered online.

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A three-hour video of a cop questioning a possible murder suspect was a key piece of evidence on Tuesday at the Eric Koula trial...

The video showed state agent John Christopherson asking Eric about things that could link him to the 2010 murders of his parents. The agent told Eric that his parents would want him to do the right thing. Defense attorney Keith Belzer said that sounded like Christopherson was trying to get a confession from Koula, and the agent said that was 'a goal.'

 

The prosecution is expected to call a few more witnesses in the next day or two before the defense begins its case.

 

 

 

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A 21-year-old man from Holmen gets 12 years in prison for his role in a fast-food holdup...

Samuel Wing was sentenced today, more than two years after he and another man stole money from an Onalaska Burger King. While Wing's attorney suggests that the robbery was a crime of impulse, Judge Elliott Levine says much planning was involved, because the robbers had to know where to go in the building to find the money, and what time of day to commit the holdup.

 

Wing was found guilty by a jury, but maintains his innocence. However, he told the judge today that he did play a part in the crime.

 

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012 13:06

Koula Interview Video Shown To Jury

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'Can I tear his head off?'

That's what Eric Koula told a state agent what he thought should happen to the person who killed his parents. But during that same conversation two years ago, the agent informed Eric that some evidence is pointing to him as the killer. Today, jurors at Eric Koula's trial have been watching a video of agent John Christopherson talking with Koula in July of 2010, two months after the murders of Dennis and Merna Koula. Eric tells the agent about going shopping for plants on the afternoon of May 21st, at the hour police believe that he shot his parents. But Christopherson says Eric's cellphone signal traces him to his parents' house in Barre Mills, instead of the Shopko on Rose Street. Several times, Eric says 'I didn't do it.'

 

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Graffiti vandals could face steep fines in La Crosse soon.  The city council this week is deciding on a new ordinance that allows for a thousand dollar fine for tagging a building for a first time offense.  Two thousand dollars for subsequent offenses.  Sorely needed to address a growing problem says city planner Larry Kirch

 

 

Part of the new ordinance gives property owners 24 hours after getting notice to remove graffiti or have city crews do it for them and pay the cost. 

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