Unemployment Rate Up Locally
La Crosse's May unemployment rate has edged up over six percent. The latest numbers from the state shows the city with an unemployment rate of 6.1% for May. That's up from 5.8% in April but still half a percent lower than during May of last year. The lowest rate in the state continues to be in Caledonia which has an unemployment rate of 3.8%. The highest is in Beloit at 11.6%. Meanwhile, the state says La Crosse is just one of four measured metro areas in the state to lose jobs between April and May. But has still added 14 hundred jobs since Mayo of last year.
Koula Trial Could Wrap Up By Middle Of Next Week
Jurors at the Eric Koula murder trial may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel...
Thirteen days into the La Crosse County trial, they've been told that the defense is likely to call its last witness on Thursday. And after the D-A has a second chance at some witnesses, closing arguments could happen early next week.
Judge Scott Horne says the jury would be sequestered until it reaches a verdict...and if the discussions last more than one day, the jury could meet until 9 p-m on any given day. Koula is on trial for the shooting deaths of his parents over two years ago. The judge kept his schedule open for the trial through June 29th.
Forensic Expert Explains Pro Killer Theory At Koula Trial
A forensic expert for the defense believes that the murders of Eric Koula's parents were the work of an 'organized do-er'...
Max Scott of Colorado does not use the term 'hit man,' but he argues that the lack of physical evidence and the skill of the shooter suggests that an experienced killer committed the murders at Barre Mills two years ago. Scott also suggests there could be two shooters, because the bullets that killed Dennis and Merna Koula may not have been from the same gun. The defense has argued throughout the trial that Eric Koula hardly ever fired guns, except to shoot at rabbits in his yard.
Watchdog Group Calls for Political Reforms
It would only take a little political will to make monumental shifts in campaign regulations. From Wisconsin Common Cause, Jay Heck has some ideas for making needed reforms
Heck says, with legislation already written for all three reforms, it would take a matter of days to pass all three were the governor to call for a special session of the legislature.
Koula's Alibi Is Not Shaken
Two days of questioning on the witness stand did not shake Eric Koula from his position of innocence in the shooting deaths of his parents.
During testimony on Tuesday, Koula did say that failing to tell police about signing his father's name to a 50-thousand dollar check might make him appear guilty. Prosecutor Gary Freyberg (FRY-berg) also accused Eric Koula of steering police away from the main suspect...Koula himself...by faking the threatening note which said 'Fixed You':
Koula became emotional at times on Tuesday, but mostly he challenged the prosecution's questions and repeated standard answers about his actions around the time his parents were killed.