Lax County Courts Look Into More Video Conferencing
The La Crosse County courts may invest more money in modern video technology, to save money over time.
Funding for a video link to connect one La Crosse courtroom and other jails could be included in next year's county budget, according to county administrator Steve O'Malley.
Video conferencing in the courtroom is routinely used in some parts of western Wisconsin. O'Malley says all the La Crosse judges would like to have such equipment in their courtrooms, but now they have to share facilities located on another floor.
Mobil Clean Up is First Step
One of the keys towards developing a key piece of real estate in La Crosse has always been the clean-up.
Now that Exxon Mobil has begun the process of removing contaminated soil at the Mobil Oil site off of Copeland avenue, those development plans can really start moving forward.
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But with deliberation, hopes city council president Audrey Kader.
Kader wants the 65 acre tract of land that includes the Mobil Oil site to be developed under one plan. There's not a clear picture of when the soil clean-up at the property will be complete.
Former Deputy's Appeal Being Heard By State Arbitrator
There might not be a ruling for weeks or months after a labor hearing happening today in the Trisha Stratman case...
A state arbitrator is hearing arguments on whether Stratman was fired unjustly from her job as a La Crosse County sheriff's deputy, following a fatal crash. Stratman was dismissed just over a year ago for violating department policies...for driving at high speeds and going through red lights while responding to an emergency call. Stratman's squad car was going over 90 miles an hour when she collided with teenage driver Brandon Jennings at an intersection of Highway 35. Jennings died in the crash. A jury acquitted Stratman on a homicide charge.
Staffing Cuts May Be Needed To Reduce Lax Center Budget
The end of summer means budget time for every city department in La Crosse...including the people who run the La Crosse Center.
Members of the Center Board could get a look at budget plans during a meeting this afternoon. If the arena has to cut spending like the other departments, Center manager Art Fahey says staffing will be high on the list of areas to reduce. At the same time, the board will be asked to approve expenses such as way-finding signs, and a second dance floor.
New Bridge Approved For Winona
Transportation officials announced plans Thursday to build a second two lane bridge over the Mississippi River that links Winona Minnesota to western Wisconsin.