More Troops Coming Home
(AP) About 130 members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard are coming home. They've been in the U.S. since early last week, but they've been de-mobilizing at a camp in Mississippi. They'll be welcomed back to Wisconsin on Friday afternoon during a celebration in Oshkosh. Most of the troops are part of the Oshkosh-based 1157th Transportation Company.
They spent almost 10 months in Afghanistan conducting convoy-escort missions. They were originally scheduled to deploy to Kuwait for a base security mission but they were reassigned after the Pentagon reallocated its forces.
Gov. Scott Walker and senior Wisconsin Army National Guard leaders will be among those welcoming the troops home. Family and community members are also invited to attend.
The event will be at the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh.
Jackson Co. Woman Denies Heading Drug Ring, But Prison Term Stands
She claims she wasn't a gang leader or the head of a drug ring, and shouldn't be serving a 15-year prison term.
But a Wisconsin appeals court disagrees with Socorro Kerner of Jackson County, and is upholding her sentence on cocaine and marijuana charges. Kerner and about a dozen other people were busted on drug charges four years ago, in connection with a Jackson County operation that made at least a million dollars. She argues that prosecutors got a long prison term by portraying her as a 'hardened gang member.' The appeals court writes that the sentencing judge imposed the prison time to protect the community from a drug dealer.
If you feel better stay home
So your feeling a bit better from that nasty cold or flu and want to go back
Billings On State of the State
Representative Jill Billings attended her second state of the state address
Short-Term Ramp Parking Will Still Be Free, After Gates Go In
Most cities the size of La Crosse, or larger, charge you by the hour to park your car in a ramp.
La Crosse will start using ticket gates in its downtown ramps by April...but parking will still be free for the first four hours during the week, and the first eight hours on weekends. Bob Haines of the city public works office admits that the city is being generous by not charging drivers as soon as they enter the ramps. Haines tells us the long grace period may keep parking revenue down. He thinks the ramps will generate about 25-thousand dollars a year for City Hall.