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Will Wisconsin take another shot at federal Race to the Top funding? One La Crosse school board member fully believes the state will make a third attempt to win education dollars under the fed program. But Neil Duresky says he won't say yes to the application when asked. Duresky sticks to the basic premise that the federal education is supposed to leave education to the states and that the Race to the Top program treats states unfairly because it forces them to compete for education dollars. Duresky says the application process for Race to the Top is hopelessly flawed.
Just what impact are jobs left unfillled having in the city of La Crosse? A question that a city council committee will begin trying to answer at a meeting tonight. The process spurred by the vacancies in the city's fire department. Vacancies that are leading to lots more overtime. But also requiring a change in mission of the department, says chief Greg Cleveland. He says the department is cutting back in areas like public education, assisting businesses in emergency planning and focusing on core functions of the department. Cleveland says it costs more to staff positions with overtime and it could lead to dangerous missteps for those firefighters who are now expected to work longer hours.
"I want a soft shell and this is a stick up so give me all your money." Apparently how 38 year-old Julie Bailey went about trying to rob the Taco John's on La Crosse 's southside Tuesday night. Police say Bailey: drunk, pregnant, wearing a bright floral shirt, pink and white slippers and armed with a hammer, had passed over two other businesses before she'd settled on robbing the fast food shop because there just weren't as many people inside. Her plan ran into problems when she couldn't get the hammer out of her shorts. Cops say her roommate, 51 year-old Bruce Collins was behind the plot. Couple needed money, apparently, to buy crack.
The push to continue secrecy in Wisconsin politics has begun. Two groups from opposite ends of the political spectrum have filed a federal lawsuit to block a new state law that forces groups doing political advertising to disclose where they get their money from. No surprise to Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's Mike McCabe. He says there's liberal interests and conservative interests alike who not only want to spend as much as they want on political campaigns but also want to do it in secret. Liberal group, One Wisconsin Now and conservative-oriented, Wisconsin Club for Growth are trying to block the new disclosure rules
The long-anticipated chicken ordinance is finally ready for the big introduction into the La Crosse city council process this week. A committee tonight takes the first crack at the ordinance, which would allow hens in backyards. It was requested by a woman who lives in the district of council member Bruce Ranis. He's had a little feedback about the idea, one comment from a guy who thinks backyards in La Crosse are just too small for chickens. The backyard chicken proposal is patterned after Madison's chicken rule that allows four hens in a backyard.