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It just took passing one law to give Wisconsin something the state has never had before: an "A" grade from the American Lung Association. On the group's latest smoking report card survey of the nation, Wisconsin gains its first "A" grade ever for smokefree air. That grade comes after the enactment of the state's workplace smoking ban. Wisconsin also gets a "B" for cigarette taxes, which are now some of the highest in the nation. But it is two F's for the state in the areas of money spent on non-smoking cessation and control programs. The Lung Association also marks Minnesota and Iowa with A's for smokefree air but both states also do poorly in smoking prevention and quit efforts.
They suspended programs including dental hygienist ....instructional assistant....interior design and mechanical design technology. And for Western Technical College....it's a good thing according to their President.
Lee Rasch says they have suspended programs in the past with good results. The reason for it? Building a stronger curriculum with those programs and a huge cost savings for the college.
The suspensions will only last one cycle...and Rasch strongly believes that they will find the same, if not better, result from temporarily shutting down the 5 programs
What caused 20-year-old Shelby Perkins to die last May?
The pathologist who performed an autopsy on Perkins said in court today there was no other clear cause of death besides heroin use. Dr. Susan Roe testified this morning at the La Crosse County trial of Shelby's boyfriend, Mitchell Perner, who's charged with reckless homicide. Perner is accused of buying the heroin which led to Shelby's overdose. The trial began this morning, and should last through Friday.
In her first two attempts to unseat Mike Huebsch for the 94th state assembly district seat, Democrat Cheryl Hancock took a stance to reform the state education funding formula, to reduce the reliance on property taxes and eliminate the revenue caps she says limit local control.
You can expect those platforms again as she will take a 3rd crack at the empty assembly seat.
Hancock, a 14-year member of the Holmen School Board and Executive Director of the local red cross, joins fellow democrat Steve Doyle and a hand full of republicans including Lynetta Kopp, Jake Speed, Ray Ebert and Jon Hetland.
The seat was left vacant after Mike Huebsch left for a cabinet position with the Governor.