No Bat Disease Found
(AP) Wisconsin wildlife officials say another survey has turned up no sign of a deadly bat disease. White-nose syndrome causes bats to wake up during hibernation and quickly deplete their energy stores. Federal wildlife officials estimated in January the disease has killed as many as 6.7 million bats in the eastern United States and Canada.
The state Department of Natural Resources conducted a survey of more than 100 potential hibernacula in the winter of 2010-11 and found to traces of the disease. DNR officials say a survey of 114 sites this past winter found no sign of the disease, either. But they remained convinced the disease is bound to appear sometime.
(AP) Authorities in eastern Minnesota say first responders are dealing with a new and dangerous phenomenon chemical suicide. Washington County Sheriff's Cmdr. Brian Mueller says his department dealt with its first case over the weekend. A person had committed suicide by mixing household chemicals in a bucket, creating a deadly gas. The body of a man from Prescott, Wis., was found in a car in Point Douglas Park. Mueller says when first responders arrived they detected a faint smell of chemicals and called St. Paul hazardous materials squad. He says more training is needed for first responders because they ``may not know what they're walking into when they open the car door.'' Mueller says the haz-mat squad has dealt with similar incidents in the Twin Cities metro area.
Saints Talked About Bringing Training Camp Back To UWL
The last time U-W-La Crosse hosted an NFL training camp, Bill Clinton was president.
And Roger Harring was still coach of the U-W-L Eagles football team. The New Orleans Saints last trained on the La Crosse campus in 1999, a full decade before finally winning a Super Bowl. But this year, the Saints decided to check out the La Crosse campus again as a possible training site. U-W-L athletic director Josh Whitman was in talks with the team for weeks, but they couldn't reach a deal. Whitman says the exposure would have been good for the university and the community. But Whitman, a former NFL player himself, adds that the La Crosse campus may not be adequate for the current demands of a pro football training camp. He suggests some improvements might be needed before a camp comes to town again.
Minnesota Lawmakers At It Again
(AP) Minnesota legislators have no floor sessions scheduled Wednesday, leaving the field clear for high-level talks between Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders on the key issues standing in the way of a session finish. The GOP-controlled House approved a tax bill Tuesday that would give property tax relief to businesses. It's one of their top priorities, but Dayton's opposed to the bill because it would tap budget reserves to pay for the relief. Meanwhile, the struggle over a Vikings stadium plan took a detour when Republican leaders came forward Tuesday with a stadium plan that would drop the roof and fund it with general-fund dollars instead of expanded gambling. Dayton, the Vikings and other supporters of the main bill say it's a non-starter.
Tribute To Hougom Still Planned Tonight, After Arrests Of Murder Suspects
The arrests of two men for a March murder in La Crosse have come, by coincidence, just a day before a memorial event in honor of the victim.
The 'Light Up the Sky' tribute to Sara Hougom is still planned for tonight at the Fox Hollow golf course of Barre Mills. Yesterday, two young men were brought to court on charges of killing Hougom during an apparent robbery attempt at her apartment.
The Fox Hollow event is expected to include the release of balloons carrying L-E-D lights. It begins at 6 p.m.