Wittich Hall Cleanup Will Take A Month
Cleanup from last weekend’s fire in UW-La Crosse’s Wittich Hall is
expected to take at least a month. Following a review of fire damage by the
state adjuster on Tuesday, the university is proceeding with getting more
details of the scope of work for cleaning and restoration of the
building, according to Bob
Hetzel, Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance.
The building is likely to be off-line for a month while restoration work is
completed. During the next several days, employees who worked in the building
will be allowed in to retrieve work and personal items. State risk management
officials have not yet been able to provide a cost estimate for the
Firefighters were called to the second oldest academic building
on campus around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The fire started in and was contained to a basement storage area, but there is extensive smoke damage throughout the building. The fire started near a power strip on the wall and has been ruled accidental.
Dan Deicher Takes To The Water With Pro Angler, Skeet Reese
Practice rounds today for anglers taking part in the Bassmaster Elite tournament this week in La Crosse. Dan Deicher was out on the water early with Skeet Reese, 2009 Bassmaster Classic winner.
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.
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.
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.