The growth continues at University Wisconsin campuses. But that may make it harder for Wisconsin high-schoolers to get in to UW schools. The UW Board of Regents has eliminated the...
Two days of questioning on the witness stand did not shake Eric Koula from his position of innocence in the shooting deaths of his parents.
During testimony on Tuesday, Koula did say that failing to tell police about signing his father's name to a 50-thousand dollar check might make him appear guilty. Prosecutor Gary Freyberg (FRY-berg) also accused Eric Koula of steering police away from the main suspect...Koula himself...by faking the threatening note which said 'Fixed You':
Koula became emotional at times on Tuesday, but mostly he challenged the prosecution's questions and repeated standard answers about his actions around the time his parents were killed.
La Crosse Mayor, Matt Harter, has notified the city council that he has vetoed a resolution approving Kwik Trip's Development Agreement. In the letter, Harter stated that it is not in the best interest of society for the government to grant subsidies to private projects. Harter says every day, in La Crosse, people go to work improving and developing. Some of these improvement and development projects are large, some are small , and not all receive subsidies or reimbursement of tax dollars. The Mayor adds that it is not in the best interest of society for our government to grant subsidies to private projects, large or small.
After a day-and-a-half of questioning, Eric Koula has completed testimony at his La Crosse murder trial.
Koula has been consistent in explaining his actions surrounding the shooting of his parents two years ago, and in saying why he misled police about certain evidence. The West Salem man has said that when he was arrested, he couldn't believe police suspected him of committing the murders. Prosecutor Gary Freyberg followed up on that statement, claiming that Koula thought he was smarter than everybody else.
Koula insists that he went to the Bridgeview Plaza Shopko at about the time that his parents were shot, and was not actually at the scene of the crime. The prosecution argues that Koula went to a second Shopko and grabbed the first plant he found, just so he could get a receipt proving he shopped there.
Someone hit by a train at Forest Hills this morning in La Crosse. Apparently a worker at the golf course was crossing the tracks after eight this morning in a small utility vehicle when he was hit by a train. Stunningly, Police say the worker suffered only minor injuries while the little utility vehicle he was on was absolutely destroyed. He told cops he never heard the train coming.
The state DNR plans to issue five times more licenses to hunt wolves than the harvest number, predicting that hunters will have a 20 percent success rate. That's the plans when details on a hunt are released next month. Fort McCoy Biologist, Tim Wilder is glad the DNR has stepped forward to control the wolf population.
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Fort McCoy has a growing number of wolves and it keeps on growing. Wilder's not sure whether people will be able to hunt them there.
New full body scanners have been in place at the La Crosse Airport for several months now. They were one of the first in the state to get the new techonology. And interim Airport manager, Clint Torp, says they offer something passengers actually like.
About 600 units have been installed in 140 airports around the country, including five airports in Wisconsin.
Eric Koula openly denies killing his parents...but he has admitted to other things at his La Crosse murder trial.
Koula was emotional on the stand Monday when he apologized for sending a threatening note to himself after the murders, to keep police from suspecting his teenage son.
Koula told defense attorney Keith Belzer that he didn't tell police about signing his father's name to a 50-thousand dollar check, because he didn't expect them to believe him. Koula is charged with forgery for cashing that check.
Koula insists that he did shop at Bridgeview Plaza at about the same time his parents were shot on May 21st, 2010...even though security cameras do not show him at that location.
The weekend fire in UW-La Crosse’s Wittich Hall has been ruled an accidental electrical fire. Firefighters were called to the second oldest academic building on campus around 10:45 p.m. Saturday. The fire started in and was contained to a basement storage area, but there is extensive smoke damage throughout the building. The fire started near a power strip on the wall, according to La Crosse Fire Department investigators.
State fire investigators are expected to tour the building Tuesday. Once state officials have reviewed the site, service companies will begin the fire recovery and cleaning process. At this time, Bob Hetzel, UW-L Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance, says they have no timetable of getting back into the building.
Hetzel says the center will temporarily run from Mitchell Hall. The Student Affairs Administration Department was scheduled to move from Wittich to Morris Hall at the end of June. In the meantime, that department and other offices will temporarily be housed in nearby Graff Main Hall.