Koula Jury Sees Video From Murder Scene
The jury sees what police saw at a murder scene in Barre Mills...
Jurors at the Eric Koula trial in La Crosse have been shown a video taken by police the day that Dennis and Merna Koula were found dead in 2010. The tape shows the couple's bodies...Dennis in the kitchen, and Merna at her computer. Investigator Fritz Leinfelder read from a written statement by Eric, about finding the bodies.
Eric Koula is accused of shooting his parents on a Friday, and calling police three days later to say he had just found them. Other police testimony today has dealt with finding a rifle and shells in the house.
Gow Says Tuition Hike Is Needed
The state cut the UW System budget by $250 million over two years in the 2011-13 budget. To counter that, the UW System will vote Thursday on a 5.5% tuition increase. We asked UW-La Crosse Chancellor, Joe Gow if they really need the money.
Gow says to make matters worse, in October, the Department of Administration announced UW System had to return $46.1 million in state funding in the 2011-12 academic year to cover budget deficits and will have to return $19.6 million in the 2012-13 fiscal year.
New Subdivision Considered for La Crosse Northside
A few new city lots could be opening up soon on La Crosse's northside. William Kish is asking the city to allow for a new subdivision on Kane street. Kish tells us he's looking at six new lots on the site of, what he thinks is, a former hobo camp at the 900 block of Kane. Utilities are in place and the city has vacated part of Wall Street and a tiny triangle of land to help the process along. Kish says he's added fill to the property and cleared out brush and he's just waiting on city approval of his plans this week. He says the six lots come in different sizes but all meet the city minimum for lot size.
Party Time For La Crosse Republicans After Walker Win
La Crosse area Republicans have not had much to cheer about in recent elections...losing a state Senator in a recall, and seeing Democrats win two open Assembly seats.
But they did plenty of cheering Tuesday night, when Governor Scott Walker soundly fought off a recall 17 months into his term. We were speaking with county G-O-P chair Julian Bradley last night at the Days Hotel on French Island at the moment La Crosse County was counted in the Walker column.
Bradley and other party leaders were surprised by how quickly the race was declared in the governor's favor. He thought the vote might be as close as last year's Supreme Court race, which took a couple of days to sort out.
Wisconsin Income Measurement Stuck At Middle
A little better and a little worse. That would sum up Wisconsin's position in per capita income compared to the rest of the nation. A new report says, on one hand, the state's per capita personal income is 3.8% behind the national average, the third consecutive year the state's income has risen in relation to the rest of the US. On the other hand, Wisconsin has dropped to 25th in the nation in the same measurement, at just over forty thousand dollars for last year. The national per capita personal income is closer to 42 thousand dollars. Meanwhile, Minnesota has the 11th highest per capita income in the nation at almost 45 thousand dollars.