Menomonie, Wis., native graduated from UW-L in 2008
We have a pretty poor track record of helping our nation's veterans. That's why a proposed change in how veterans services are offered in Wisconsin is a bad idea. Currently,...
La Crosse state lawmaker, Jill Billings, has been chosen as an up-and-coming
leader by her peers to participate in a training program designed to
further develop leadership skills, and
analyze a variety of public policy issues, including the economy, economic development and corrections. Billings says not a lot of people are selected for the training.
Since 1995 more than 575 lawmakers have graduated from the Bowhay Institute, including Senator Jennifer Shilling, who attended in 2001.
Wisconsin certainly did have job growth last year. It was just pretty anemic. That's the evaluation of the feds this week in revised job totals. Real numbers on job growth show the state adding 20 thousand jobs last year. One of the worst rates in the nation. High time for governor Walker to call a special jobs session for the legislature, says Onalaska state rep, Steve Doyle.
Initial estimates had pegged Wisconsin with thirty thousand jobs losses until the feds revised those estimates sharply upward.
Throughout the Eric Koula murder trial in La Crosse, the defense argued that unknown professional killers might have shot Eric's parents two years ago.
Defense witnesses talked about suspicious people watching the neighborhood where Dennis and Merna Koula lived. Now that Eric Koula has been convicted of murdering his parents, La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson believes that the neighborhood may be a little more at ease. The sheriff realizes that those neighbors were quite worried in the weeks following the double murder.
Eric Koula was arrested eight weeks after the shootings, and was convicted in court this week. Helgeson describes the investigation leading to the arrest as 'remarkably quick.'
You could start paying for some parking spaces in La Crosse's downtown ramps before the end of the year.
The city's Parking Utility Board is still studying gate systems, that would require drivers to pay 50 cents an hour to park in reserved sections of the ramps. Bob Haines with the city Public Works department is looking at how other cities the size of La Crosse charge for parking in ramps:
Haines says his department is now working on connecting all the ramps to City Hall through fiber optic cable...to provide security video, and to remotely operate those traffic gates.
(AP) Duluth's 148th Fighter Wing will soon be headed for Afghanistan. The Minnesota Air National Guard says about 300 unit members will deploy to Kandahar Air Field in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in August. It's the first time the unit will deploy with the Block 50 F-16 aircraft, the newest F-16 in the U.S. Air Force fleet. The unit is expected to be deployed for two months.
(AP) A convenience store in Fond du Lac that became a destination for lottery players because of its winning streak is closing. Ma & Pa's Grocery Express has been a longtime cornerstone of the city's so-called `miracle mile.' Since 1994, the store has sold more than 20 big winning lottery tickets. Miracle mile earned its moniker after four multi-million dollar winning tickets were sold between 1990 and 1994 with a payout of about $160 million. But even lottery sales weren't enough to keep Ma & Pa's open. Owner Mitch Miles says he has struggled to compete on gas prices, eventually losing $900 a day on gas sales.
(AP) Final results show nearly 58 percent of voting-age adults turned out for Wisconsin's historic recall election. That's easily the highest turnout in more than 60 years for a nonpresidential ballot in Wisconsin. In some parts of the state, turnout was far higher and it approached presidential levels in a few communities. A total of 2,516,065 votes were cast in the June 5 recall. According to the now official tally released Wednesday, Republican Gov. Scott Walker got 53.08 percent or 1,335,585 votes and Democrat Tom Barrett got 46.28 percent, or 1,164,480 votes. The Government Accountability Board had predicted that up to 65 percent of eligible voters would go to the polls.
More details are coming out around the death of a La Crosse man last night. The La Crosse Police Department says a 53 year old man fell from the top level of the parking ramp at Jay and 3rd streets around 10pm. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say, based on a preliminary investigation and several eye witnesses to the incident at the scene, that this is a possible suicide. It's department policy in regards to suicide investigations, that they are unable to provide any additional information.