Wisconsin has a long history of openness in government. Essentially, government records are presumed to be a matter of public record, except under very select circumstances. The justices on Wisconsin's...
A wanted man, captured. La Crosse police have been looking for Frederick Lomprey IV for weeks. He's suspected of being responsible for several burglaries in the city. Last night, cops spotted Lomprey riding in a car on the northside, stopped the car and then chased Lomprey down when he took off on foot. Among the crimes Lomprey is wanted for are a couple of rip-offs in which he apparently targeted some friends and took their electronic equipment, presumably to pawn for cash.
A La Crosse man pleads 'not guilty' to an attempted holdup at a north-side business...
Michael Wilken will be scheduled for trial, but his attorney says he and the D-A are working on a negotiated plea. Wilken has told police that he wanted money to buy heroin. He's accused of threatening the owner of the Olde Towne North Pet Store with a knife, but the owner chased the robber away by threatening to hit him with a board.
(AP) Former U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold plans to lead an effort to get people to vote early in the Gov. Scott Walker recall election. Feingold planned to meet with voters Tuesday afternoon in Middleton to increase awareness about absentee voting options, voter registration and other information. Feingold planned to lead the group to the Middleton clerk's office to vote. A similar event was planned in Eau Claire led by state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Pat Kreitlow, a former state senator who is running for Congress in the 7h district. In-person absentee voting began Monday and runs through June 1. Walker faces Democrat Tom Barrett in the June 5 recall election. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and four other Republican lawmakers also face recall votes.
(AP) It's been one year to the day since a tornado hit north Minneapolis. It killed two people and caused an estimated $80 million in damage. And the damage along its three-mile-wide swath is still visible: tattered tarps on patchy roofs, and all the space from the homes, businesses and trees that are no longer there. Kelly Coborn says she still feels like she's entering a strange neighborhood when she drives home.
City officials say repairs have been made to the vast majority of homes in the area. And the state says 90 percent of insurance claims have been resolved. But Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says many people found out the hard way that insurance can mean the difference between financial security and financial disaster.
(AP) Progressive advocacy organization Democracy for America says it is all-in for Tom Barrett in the June 5 recall targeting Gov. Scott Walker. The political action committee founded by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean issued a statement Tuesday saying its members plan to knock on 80,000 doors and make 100,000 calls over the next two weeks. Democracy for America says over the past 15 months it has already made more than 382,000 calls and knocked on 123,000 doors. The group's chairman Jim Dean says the election will come down to how many Democrats turn out in Dane County, where the liberal capital city of Madison is located. He says turnout efforts will be focused on Madison, Racine and Eau Claire.
88 percent of recent UW-L graduates found work within their major after graduating. But Tim Tritch of career services says you may have to look deeper into that number to see why it seems so high.
Other numbers from UW-L's latest graduate survey includes 98 percent of undergraduates seeking employment found work within six months of graduation and the average salary of a UW-L graduate in the 2010-11 report was about $41,300.
Monday was a day of on your mark, get set and go when it came to absentee voting in the state.
That's La Crosse City Clerk, Teri Lehrke. Absentee voting continues through Friday, June first in the recall elections.