Override of Mayor's Veto
It took just a couple of days for the La Crosse city council to override the latest veto from Mayor Matt Harter. Harter had Tuesday vetoed a development deal between the city and Kwik Trip, citing concerns about the city using public money to help specific businesses succeed. The city council voted Thursday to override that veto by a vote of 13-2. Jim Bloedorn and Doug Farmer were the only council members who voted to sustain the veto.
Monday Could Bring Start Of Koula Deliberations
The Eric Koula jury is likely to hear one more day of testimony before getting the case...
Judge Scott Horne announced to jurors yesterday that the defense has just one more witness to call on Friday, and the prosecution will have a few more. Otherwise, Horne expects to have closing arguments on Monday, with deliberations beginning later that day. He had expected testimony to last through next Tuesday. Friday will mark the end of the third week of the Koula trial. The West Salem man is accused of killing his parents two years ago for money, after going broke repeatedly in the stock market.
Testimony From Neighbors Puts Time Of Koula Murders In Doubt
More doubt this morning in the Eric Koula case, about when Koula's parents were murdered...
The defense presented a neighbor, Jeff Elliott, who believes he saw Dennis and Merna Koula alive in their yard at 8 p-m, about two hours after the time police believe they were shot on a Friday in 2010. D-A Tim Gruenke asked Elliott how sure he was of what night he saw the Koulas in their yard.
Elliott says he recognized Dennis by his white hair. Investigators claim Eric Koula shot his parents between 5 and 6 p-m on that Friday, and reported finding them dead the following Monday.
Crash Blocks Traffic On Hwy 14 In Lewiston Area
An accident blocked traffic on Highway 14 in southern Minnesota for a couple of hours, west of Lewiston. Late in the afternoon, the Minnesota DOT said the entire highway was blocked. The road was cleared around 6 p.m.
No Bus For You........Yet
So now that a 3 county commuter bus project has been put on hold due to a declined bid, what happens now. Peter Fletcher, a transportation planner at the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, says there's still hope.
The date was July 2nd to start the $3 a ride bus that included La Crosse, Vernon and Crawford counties. The Wisconsin DOT is paying about 80% of the project......at least for this year.