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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.
A tussle over some borrowed money has police looking for an armed robbery suspect. Cops say a 19 year-old was in the parking lot of an ice cream place on the southside of La Crosse trying to pay back 20 bucks he owed some guy. But the guy apparently took all the young fellas money. nearly three hundred bucks. The victim tried to grab the keys from the van the thug was in. But, for his efforts, got choked and dragged for a short time while hanging out of the van. Cops are looking for the apparent robber. They've ticketed the vans driver. The robbery victim has some scrapes and bruises but he's okay otherwise.
Four charges of attempted murder...
That's what Keith Marchbanks is facing for a night of violent activity near West Salem almost three months ago. Marchbanks was shot by police when he threatened them with a knife, after reportedly injuring his wife and setting fire to her house. Defense attorney Keith Belzer believes the half-million dollar bond should be lower, because of his client's physical condition. Marchbanks is in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down because of the shooting. Judge Scott Horne says the charges against Marchbanks are serious enough to warrant a high bond. Horne ordered a competency examination for Marchbanks. The next court hearing is scheduled for July 16th.
It hasn't been passed by the full legislature. But, a move to force all police departments to add equipment to track racial profiling is moving closer to reality. Yesterday, the legislative budget committee approved the plan. Assembly democrat and former Onalaska cop Chris Danou says larger departments will have the equipment on hand to make the change without much expense. He feels smaller police stations could face a challenge paying for the additional profiling technology. Danou doesn't believe this is an issue in western Wisconsin. But, race is an issue between cops and residents living in the southeast portion of the state.