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That's the opinion of former Green Bay area Congressman Steve Kagen, who entered the House four years ago along with Giffords. Kagen says he has spoken with several members of Congress this weekend, who said they would change their security routines because of the shooting in Arizona.
La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind calls Giffords a 'close personal friend' and says the shootings were a 'senseless act of violence.' In a statement released this weekend, Kind said Giffords was shot while doing 'what all (House) members should be out doing'...meeting with citizens in her district.
Last year, the Great Rivers United Way, went over their annual campaign goal by about 2 percent. Jen Dobrenz is hopeful they will do that again this year.....though the goal is higher.
She says the $2 million campaign is at 97 percent now....and though some may have thought the time was up to donate........not true. The books close on January 31st so you still have time to call them or stop by their offices in Onalaska.
Dobrenz says that getting to 97 percent now.....says a great deal about the entire Coulee Region.
Getting the voice of the people out to the people...that is a huge part of public access television. But is it going away?
The governor and Legislature cut out franchise fees when they approved a bill in 2008 to let cable operators negotiate service agreements with the state instead of each local community. A-T-and-T pushed for the change, saying it would be easier for them to expand their T-V service, compete with cable firms, and drive down rates for everyone, something an area lawmaker says has not happened.
Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout of Alma says the loss of the cable franchise fees will mean fewer employees and a loss of service. Vinehout tried unsuccessfully in the last session to restore those fees.
He admits to state agents that he's downloaded about 50 movies containing child porn...
That's some of the evidence being used against Jonathan Morgan of Necedah, now charged with possessing nine counts of child pornography. The state justice department charged Morgan this week, about a month after a search of computers and files at his house. Investigators say Morgan has watched porn involving children around five years old. He's in the Juneau County Jail, with bond set at 35-thousand dollars.
Federal health experts are saying what opponents of fluoridation have been warning about for decades...
Kids are getting stains on their teeth from fluoride in public tap water.
Now, the feds recommend using lower levels of fluoride to prevent tooth decay. If the lower standard becomes law, that would be a money-saver for communities like Holmen, which might spend less money on chemicals. Fluoridation was approved there in a 2008 referendum, and the supply system should be operating within the next hundred days.