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The senate recall elections in Wisconsin were expected to be big money affairs and they certainly haven't disappointed. Nine state senators in all face recalls this summer. Fallout from the spring fight over collective bargaining in Madison. La Crosse's Dan Kapanke is one of the half dozen republican senators who will be on recall ballots next month. Campaign finance reports due Monday show that Kapanke has raised over $700 thousand this year and spent all but a hundred thousand of that to defend his seat. Democratic state rep Jennifer Shilling, meanwhile, has raised over a quarter million dollars to try and unseat Kapanke.
Calling it reasonable and predictable, University of Wisconsin System President Kevin Reilly is recommending a 5.5 percent tuition increase for the state's 13 four-year universities for 2010-11. This is the fourth consecutive year that Reilly has recommended a 5.5 percent tuition hike. Something UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow does not want to do. Tuition at UW-Lacrosse would increase by $380 per year. The rates do not include mandatory fees or room and board, which vary by campus. The 18 members of the UW Board of Regents will vote on the measure Friday morning.
A solider found dead at Fort McCoy during the weekend was identified today as 40-year-old Felicity Binnier of East Stroudsburg New Jersey.
The death remains under investigation, and almost no other details were released.
Binnier was found unresponsive at the base on Saturday, during annual training. Binnier was part of the 78th Training Division based at McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst New Jersey.
Police let you go from getting your first OWI, you'd probably go home and lick your wounds, right? Not Ben Hanson. He's the La Crosse guy who got arrested twice for drunk driving on Saturday. First time, he blew a .40 at the scene. Four and a half hours later cop got him at a .31. For OWI number two, Hanson told the cop he was driving because he needed some cigarettes. Well provisioned for the trip; police counted a case of beer, a twelve pack and three icy cold six packs in Hanson's car. Three cold cans were already missing.
The ideal number of fire stations in La Crosse? Depends on what kind of outcome you're after, says fire chief Gregg Cleveland. The chief has told a city council committee looking at his department that a couple fire stations are not located in ideal spots. But he remains noncommittal about whether the city has enough stations altogether. Cleveland says only that more stations means lower response times and fewer stations means longer response times. Cleveland says, you could put a fire truck on every corner, but that isn't necessarily the most cost effective way to run a fire department.