Lease keeps Loggers at Copeland until, likely, 2033
The board that oversees elections and ethics in Wisconsin has been hailed as a national model. Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board has proven to be effective. It is comprised of non-partisan...
The UW Board of Regents acted yesterday on a proposed 5.5-percent tuition increase for this fall. The result? It passed by a 17-1 vote. So what does that mean for students attending UW-La Crosse?
UW-L Chancellor, Joe Gow. The 5.5 percent tuition increase last year and this yea will result in a total of $110 million in new tuition revenue of the two year period.
Although small scale, up to 2,500 people, domestic operations exercises are held at Volk Field and Fort McCoy. But could they be coming to La Crosse in 2014? Volk Field and Fort McCoy have been selected as one of ten sites in the nation to do large scale domestic operations exercises. 5 to 8 thousand troops. Brendan Smith with Volk Field says it will allow local first responders to have hands on, real life mass casualty training, which in itself is a tremendous benefit to any community.
Other area venues being considered for exercises include the Juneau County Fairgrounds and Copeland Park in La Crosse. Smith says they are in the very beginning stages of talks with communities that could be involved.
For La Crosse Lawyer, Brent Smith, serving on the UW Board of Regents is a big thing. Becoming President of the Board...a bigger thing. But Smith does admit...sometimes it's just a title.
Smith finds out later today if he will become President of the board after regents elections are held at their meeting on the campus of UW-MIlwaukee.
The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance’s Boots on the Ground conservation program has teamed up with the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department to host Take Kids Fishing Day, a free community fishing event. One of four events being held nationwide, Take Kids Fishing Day will take place on National Get Outdoors Day, which coincides with National Fishing and Boating Week this year. Registration is tomorrow morning from 8:30 – 9 a.m. and fishing runs from 9 – 11:30 a.m at the Pettibone Lagoon. It's open to the public but limited to the first 150 kids. The even is sponsored by the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance, Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO and La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department.
Autopsy results in the Eric Koula murder case are being heard by the jury today.
Information about the deaths of Dennis and Merna Koula could suggest how the shootings took place. Forensic pathologist Lindsay Thomas took part in the autopsies of the Koulas. She believes that Dennis Koula was shot from a distance...contrary to the defense theory that the shots were from handguns at close range.
Prosecutors think Eric Koula may have used a rifle from his parents' house to commit the murders. Thomas supports the police conclusion that the shootings occurred late on the afternoon of May 21st, 2010...three days before Eric said he found the bodies.
Funding to the UW system was cut by $250 million over two years in the 2011-13 budget. And with more money having to be returned to the state, UW-La Crosse finds themselves in an $8 million hole. Now, they can find $3 milion of that.......the rest? A tuition increase that La Crosse Regent, Brent Smith, will vote on today.
Under the tuition increase proposed for in state students at the 13 four year campuses and two year campuses in the UW system, increases would range between $247 at the two year colleges to $681 at UW-Madison. $300 at La Crosse.
Employers in Wisconsin have had trouble for several years filling skilled positions that include steam-fitters, brick-layers and tool-and-die-makers. Danny Bee with Western Technical College says, yes, they offer those programs.
He also says welders and electricians are also in high demand. A Manpower survey showed that engineers are the second toughest jobs to fill, followed by information technology workers, sales representatives, and accounting staffers.
It was a special send off this morning at the Onalaska Kwik Trip as 60 local Special Olympics partcipants headed to Stevens Point for the state summer games. It's the 40th year for Special Olympic and it's also the largest fundraiser for law enforcement. La Crosse's Edward Flood has been there before and tells us he looks forward to going back again.
Officers from La Crosse and Onalaska were on hand, biking from one city to the other before hitting the highway to Stevens Point.