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It might look like the healthy glow of summer. But a tan from a tanning bed might be more like the deadly gloom of cancer. That's essentially the results of a new study that finds the risk of melanoma skin cancer 74 percent higher among those who do indoor tanning. But don't expect the tanning to stop, says Gundersen Lutheran dermatologist, Karl Noll. He says it's really hard for young people to believe tanning is dangerous when it's such a delayed effect. Sound familiar? Does to the World Health Organization. WHO already considers tanning beds to be the same kind of cancer risk as tobacco.
Good news on the job front, La Crosse posted the state's second-lowest unemployment rate as Wisconsin continued to add jobs in April. Each of Wisconsin's 12 metropolitan areas posted job growth last month, according to data released today by the Department of Workforce Development. La Crosse was among four metro areas to add 500 or more jobs, and the unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 percent, second only to Madison. The statewide unemployment rate was 8.2 percent.
Looks like a rematch for a local assembly race. Two years ago democratic challenger and the head of the local red cross chapter Cheryl Hancock ran against incumbent state representative Mike Huebsch. The West Salem republican held on to his seat. If he wants to serve another two years he will have to defeat Hancock for a 2nd time. Later today Hancock is holding a news conference to announce her candidacy.
At some point, the state of Wisconsin is going to figure out exactly what it wants to learn from police agencies. Until then, police departments will have to wait and see what's expected under mandates to keep track of potential racial profiling. Onalaska police chief Jeffrey Trotnic says he's not overly concerned about the mandates. As a cop in Missouri for several years, Trotnic says he already had experience in collecting data to track racial profiling and, he says, it actually can be useful information that's gathered. Area police agencies already have the equipment and training in place to record things like race, gender or whether a search is done during a traffic stop.