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Dan Kapanke is taking action. The state senator has drafted a resolution that would give attorney general J.B. Van Hollen the authority to file a lawsuit against the feds after the recent passing of the health care bill. The republican lawmaker says the bill is unconstitutional. He also believes it will cost Wisconsin big bucks and violates the tenth amendment. Before Van Hollen can file suit the state senate will have to pass Kapanke's resolution. Which could be tricky with democrats in the majority.
He's already been to prison on other charges...but a La Crosse man can avoid more prison time if he can keep himself from driving drunk again.
Twenty-three-year-old Jared Hellerud will get some jail time and probation for his third drunk-driving arrest. Judge Scott Horne sentenced Hellerud today, and urged him to get treatment for an alcohol problem. Hellerud had two children under five years old in the car with him when he was stopped for driving drunk in December. He tells the judge that he has made poor decisions and wants to be a productive person.
Not your normal class day when a bomb-sniffing dog shows up at school.
A La Crosse police bomb dog was called to early-morning duty at Tomah High School today, after a bomb threat was discovered at the school last night. No bomb was found, and classes at Tomah started on time. However, because of the threat, parents were allowed to decide whether to send their kids to school today or not.
Health care legislation passed in Washington this week certainly has its critics. But it's not all bad says Gundersen Lutheran CEO Jeff Thompson. He likes some of the insurance reforms included in the legislation, including the one that doesn't allow insurance companies to deny you coverage for pre-existing conditions. He says the reforms are a good start, though, he says, plenty more needs to be done.
Thompson doesn't think accessibility to health care will be compromised by the bill in Washington. But he's also not predicting that Americans will spend any fewer health care dollars.
PRESIDENT OBAMA IS EXPECTED TO SIGN A HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL TUESDAY...SOMETHING THAT MANY AMERICANS HOPED WOULD NOT HAPPEN.
CONGRESSMAN RON KIND OF LA CROSSE SAYS HE DECIDED OVER THE WEEKEND TO SUPPORT THE BILL. KIND BELIEVES ELECTION-YEAR POLITICS WAS A BIG MOTIVATION FOR MANY OPPONENTS OF THE PLAN.
BUT AFTER THE HEALTH CARE DEBATE, KIND THINKS THERE ARE IMPORTANT ISSUES THE REST OF THIS SESSION THAT THE TWO PARTIES CAN WORK ON TOGETHER...INCLUDING RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF FOREIGN OIL.