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Thursday, 14 March 2013 11:04

Deputy Home After Getting Hit By Car

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A sheriff’s deputy is home from the hospital, after a vehicle slammed into his squad car on a snowy freeway in southern Wisconsin.

Columbia County deputy Michael Schultz was helping motorists who slid off Interstate 39-90-94 and he had just returned to his squad car when it was hit by another motorist who lost control. The squad had its emergency lights on at the time.

 

Schultz was treated at a hospital and later released. The driver who struck him, 19 year old Alexis Rox of La Crosse, was not injured. The crash happened Monday night.

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:19

High Stakes Tests Frowned Upon

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Lawmakers are considering a bill that would do away with high-stakes graduation exams for high school students. Instead, students would take tests designed to gauge whether they are ready for college or the workforce. The tests wouldn't require a certain score to get a diploma and that's something some Republican lawmakers and business owners disagree with.

Republican Sen. Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes says many agree some reform is needed, but getting rid of benchmarks is baffling.

Democratic Sen. Kevin Dahle of Northfield says a group of educators voted in November to drop the graduation tests and he'll resist efforts to a certain score a prerequisite to a diploma. Under the bill, students would start taking college readiness exams in eighth grade.

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:17

Badger State Growing

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MILWAUKEE (AP) A new U.S. Census Bureau report says Wisconsin's population is growing. The latest figures show the state's population grew by about 39,000 since the 2010 census to about 5.7 million residents. Dane County experienced strong growth with nearly 40 percent of the state's increase attributed to that county.

Brown and Milwaukee counties also posted gains. Brown County added more than 5,000 residents to see 2 percent growth. Milwaukee County added 7,400 people with less than 1 percent growth. The population in St. Croix County, which hugs the Minnesota border, grew about 1 percent, adding 900 people since 2010.

The population in half of Wisconsin's 72 counties declined since 2010.

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:16

Wolf Moratorium Sought

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Opponents of wolf hunting are going before a Minnesota Senate panel to call for a five-year moratorium on future wolf seasons.

The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will hear from both sides Thursday on the contentious issue. Hunters and trappers killed 413 wolves during the state's recent wolf season, which was the first since wolves in the western Great Lakes region came off the endangered list early last year.

The anti-wolf hunting group Howling for Wolves says Minnesota's original wolf management plan called for a five-year wait after wolves came off the list until the resumption of sport hunting. The Legislature canceled that moratorium last year when it authorized the first season. Wolf hunting supporters say the years of court battles that held up ``delisting'' made further delays unnecessary.

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:09

An Ok Attendance At Sparta Bully Meeting

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It's been a few weeks since a packed crowd watched as people spoke over and

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:09

Huge Boys Basketball Tourney Coming To La Crosse

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It's the largest 7th grade boys basketball tournament in the state. And it

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 10:08

Baldwin No Kind Words For Ryan's Budget Plan

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Newly elected U.S. Democratic Senator, Tammy Baldwin didn't have many kind

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:46

Pointe West Developer Feeling Optimistic

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Could be off to the bank soon for a developer looking to build a huge college

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Thursday, 14 March 2013 09:45

High Hopes for Site of Former Trane Plant

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A giant empty lot near Menards in La Crosse is on the cusp of

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