Group Says Wetlands Bill Has Potential Negative Impacts
A new bill headed to governor Walker for a signature is meant to help businesses in the state. But wetland regulation reforms also pose significant threats to the environment and to flood protection around the state, says Tracy Hames (haims), executive director of the Wisconsin Wetlands Association. That's because the new rules allow developers to skip the part of the permit process that gets them to look at other areas besides wetlands to build
Hames says it's silly to think that developers will be able to replace natural wetlands they fill in with ones they build in other areas.
Constitutional Amendment Push Faces Deadline in Madison
Lawmakers in Madison might not get around to voting on the pet issue of the state treasurer. Kurt Schuller wants to eliminate his office and that of the Secretary of State. He faces a timing challenge; lawmakers have until the end of the current legislative session next month to vote on the constitutional amendment. But there's also some resistance. Like from the current Secretary of State, Doug La Follette
Legislators have to vote for a constitutional amendment in successive sessions before a measure can go to voters for final approval.
Mail Sorting Will Be Moved Out Of La Crosse
The decision has been made...La Crosse's Post Office will lose its sorting facility.
That's according to a release just sent by the Postal Service to a major postal workers union. La Crosse's post office is one of five in Wisconsin which would stop sorting local mail, sending it instead to a larger processing center. The decision would end overnight mail delivery within the city of La Crosse, because all the items mailed in La Crosse would have to go through St. Paul. Post office boxes and window service would remain at La Crosse's post office on State Street.
TSA Shows Off New Scanner At La Crosse Airport
The TSA demonstrated new Advanced Imaging Technology at the La Crosse Municipal Airport this morning. AIT safely screens passengers for metallic and nonmetallic threats, including explosives, without physical contact. Millimeter wave technology bounces harmless electromagnetic waves off the body, and the energy emitted is 1000 times less than international limits and guidelines. Carrie Harmon says it's all about privacy.
Sparta Pastor Busted On Sexual Allegations
A 41 year old Sparta Pastor is free on a $25 thousand signature bond today after making a court appearance in Sparta. James Monson is charged with sex with child age 16 or older and sexual exploitation by therapist and must no contact with the victim in the case or any female under the age of 18. Police say the parent of a 16 year old girl from Texas who is being home schooled in Sparta contacted them Monday. The parent said she believed that some inappropriate touching was occurring between her daughter and the girl's pastor/teacher. When police interviewed the girl, she admitted to having sexual contact on several occasions with Monson at his home. Monson is listed as the pastor of Gaining Ground Community Church located at 620 Industrial Drive in Sparta. Police say their investigation is ongoing and more charges could be coming. He'll be back in court Monday.