Walker Says Yes To 2 Debates
Bullying Led To Suicide
(AP) Authorities say they won't file charges in the suicide of a 13-year-old girl in southeastern Minnesota whose parents say she was bullied. The Dodge County sheriff's office says ``harassment and bullying were likely factors'' in the death of 13-year-old Rachel Ehmke of rural Mantorville last month. But the sheriff's office says in a statement that investigators found no specific incident or action by any particular student they believe is responsible for her death. And because of that, the county attorney's office has decided there's insufficient evidence to charge anyone. The sheriff's office says investigators also determined it was Rachel who sent a derogatory text message about herself to several students at Kasson-Mantorville Middle School two days before her death. The girl's parents did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.
District Sees More Say Goodbye
Last year, the La Crosse School District saw 83 employees either retire or resign. So far this year...that number is at 63....with 32 added to that list Monday night. With impending budget cuts and possible layoffs coming, we asked District Human Resources Director, Steve Salerno, if these positions will be filled.
Salerno says he just came back from a recruitment fair in Madison and the line of applicants at their table was longer then any other school there. How many total positions that will be filled.....unknown at this time.
New Tax Policy In Minnesota
(AP) A conference committee has finalized a new tax policy bill with breaks for businesses, but less than they would have gotten in a tax bill vetoed by Gov. Mark Dayton last week. The bill headed for a House floor vote Wednesday would cost the state about $46 million over the next year, but after that, only about half of what the vetoed bill would have cost. The bill would also draw less from the state's budget reserves than the previous bill. It includes a one-year property tax freeze for businesses and tax credits meant to encourage research and investment in start-up businesses. Some small businesses would get an upfront sales tax exemption for buying equipment but not as many as in the vetoed bill.
Both Men Arrested For Hougom Murder Claim To Be Shooter
A dispute over who shot Sara Hougom...
Two men arrested this month for the March murder of Hougom appeared together in La Crosse County court today. One suspect, Kong Vue, told police that he shot the young woman in her apartment...but the other, Pao Vue, reportedly told people in the county jail that he was the shooter. A judge heard testimony today from La Crosse police, and from a man recently released from jail. That man, Lucas Brickl, says Pao Vue would watch TV stories in jail about Hougom's death and claim that he shot or killed her. The two defendants will be back in court on May 21st to enter 'not guilty' pleas.