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Among the many drunk drivers La Crosse police stopped over the week-end, is the one young woman who faces additional charges because of who she was in the car with. Cops say 22 year-old May Yang was driving early Sunday morning with double the legal limit of alcohol in her system. Besides being drunk, they say she was also texting. In the back seat, two kids; two and five years old. Only one of which was buckled in. Cops say they found a booster seat for the other child in Yang's trunk.
Local tea party activists have pitted themselves against the plan for a city administrator in La Crosse for months. Now proponents will take the other side. The Administrator Yes! campaign launches Tuesday morning in city hall. La Crosse voters will face a binding referendum in April on whether to add a city administrator. Those supporting the change say it will lead to cost-cutting efficiencies in city government. Critics say it will just mean more government.
Gas prices are expected to hit between $4 and $5 a gallon this summer in some areas......another reason the Empire Builder Amtrak train should have a second daily route. That is currently being studied. Jim Hill of the La Crosse Area Development Corporation.
Hill adds that more frequent service would make trains more convenient for short trips between Milwaukee and the Twin Cities, or from either metro area to a destination such as Wisconsin Dells. A feasibility study will estimate costs, benefits and ridership of expanded Chicago to Twin Cities service.
(AP) The Austin Straubel International Airport was evacuated for about an hour and operations were disrupted for even longer while authorities investigated a bomb threat that turned out to be a hoax. Airport director Tom Miller says the FBI and Brown County Sheriff's Department are trying to figure out who made the threat.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports that someone used a cell phone to call 911 shortly before 3 p.m. Saturday to say a bomb would go off at the airport at 7 p.m. Officials from several agencies began investigating. By 6:30 p.m. the airport was closed and evacuated. No outbound flights were scheduled at that time, but United Airlines canceled an inbound flight from Chicago that was to arrive at 7:05 p.m. The airport reopened at 7:30 p.m.
(AP) A courthouse shooting in northern Minnesota that left two men injured has prompted other courthouses in the state to beef up their security. Anoka County is spending $50,000 to install bulletproof glass in offices where prosecutors and others work. Ramsey County now has armed deputies guarding offices. A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says in several cases, the safety upgrades were already in the works but sped up following the December shootings. In Washington County, the county attorney's office is considering safety upgrades that could include bulletproof glass in reception areas. Officials acknowledge that tight budgets can be a problem, but they say safety is a priority. The say there's always an element of risk when dealing with unstable people whose court cases don't go the way they hope.