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This week, the city council will consider whether to allow more beds at a halfway house on the La Crosse's northside. The Brunk House is looking to go from eight to ten beds. It's in Andrea Richmond's city council district. She supports the expansion. Calls the Brunk House on Harvey Street, a good neighbor that fulfills a vital function. Richmond says the Brunk House needs the extra beds so that residents have more time to transition from incarceration to freedom.
Getting rid of that algae could be costly. New rules approved by the DNR aim at reducing phosphorous which is blamed for algae blooms in Wisconsin waterways. Waste water treatment plants will have to make big changes under the rules, says La Crosse water utility manager, Mark Johnson. He says current effluent limit for phosphorous is 1.4 milligrams per liter, but a new limit could be as low as .1 milligrams per liter.Getting to that lower limit, says Johnson, could mean up to a whopping 60 million dollars in upgrades for the La Crosse waste water treatment facility.
It's not that a change in school funding formulas isn't a good idea. The state's certainly in need of something, says La Crosse school board member Neil Duresky, within reason. He says the state's constitution says that all students require an equitable education and anything lawmakers come up with should fall in line with that mandate.
Duresky says he's a bit skeptical so far of what he's heard of the state education secretary's plan for revamping school funding in the state. Duresky says any change has to come from the legislature. And, recently, lawmakers have shown little interest in changing how schooling gets paid for in the state.
Could this be the year for a serious challenge to Russ Feingold? A new Rasmussen poll shows just a one percent separation Wisconsin's junior senator and Republican endorsed senate candidate, Ron Johnson. A virtual dead heat. For now, says UWL political scientist, Joe Heim. He says it's a little early for a poll to indicate anything definitive about a race. Although it does suggest the race will be a close one. Heim thinks Feingold's name recognition will pose a tough challenge for political newcomer Johnson as the election nears in November.