UW Regents Approve Budget
The UW Board of Regents decided Thursday to seek funding for 22 building and maintenance projects at campuses throughout the state. A $672 million dollar capital budget is being considered separately from the budget which runs the schools themselves. Some, according to UW-Regent, Brent Smith, will go towards Cowley Hall on the UW-La Crosse campus.
Other projects according to the La Crosse Attorney......a new Meat and Muscle biology lab, plus renovations for the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research and Babcock Hall and a new chemistry and biology building at UW Stevens Point. The entire budget, approved by the regents, now goes to the Department of Administration.
More Work On Losey Coming Friday Night
Tonight, temporary 24 hour paving operations will continue for the resurfacing project on Losey Boulevard from La Crosse Street to Market Street.
Bridge Over Rail Yard Getting Closer to Construction Date
Getting from here to there by bike on the northside of La Crosse could become much easier in a couple years. A project that's been on the drawing board for more than a decade for a bike and pedestrian bridge to cross the BNSF rail yard on the northside is heading for a start date. Planning for the bridge began at least a dozen years ago but ran into opposition from the rail company and then a complete redesign when BNSF decided it needed room to expand in the future. Now, that redesign is done. Funding's approved. And city engineer Randy Turtenwald expects to break ground on the 4.3 million dollar bridge next year.
Madison Radio Reporter Barred From Sen. Johnson Event
Senator Ron Johnson got some news coverage for the Romney campaign at an event in Madison yesterday...attended by almost all of the Madison media outlets.
WTDY Radio reporter Dylan Brogan says he was kept out of the Monona Terrace event by Romney staffers. He says a Wisconsin representative of the Romney campaign specifically barred him, claiming 'guilt by association,' because WTDY talk host Sly in the Morning organized an anti-Johnson protest last month.
Brogan says police escorted him from the building. The protest by Sly, involving the display of Chinese flags, happened last month in Janesville at a campaign event featuring Johnson and Congressman Paul Ryan.
City Hall Duo Remain on Paid Leave
After more than two months, the investigation of two high-ranking city hall employees in La Crosse has yet to be wrapped up. Municipal prosecutor Pete Kisken and Community development administrator, Lianna Kisken were escorted from city hall at the end of May and have remained on administrative leave since. The city's human resources department confirms for us this week that the two are still being investigated but hasn't said for what. Both continue to draw about six thousand dollars a month in salary while on leave.