Shilling Launches Campaign For Full Senate Term
Last year, voters in La Crosse County elected a new state Senator and two new members of the Assembly in special races.
Now, all three of those lawmakers are up for re-election this year...and Senator Jennifer Shilling is officially launching her campaign this week. Shilling says she wants to keep serving in the Senate to help working families and improve employment. She had served in the Assembly for 10 years before unseating Dan Kapanke in a recall election last August. Just one challenger to Shilling has come forward so far...local Republican Bill Feehan.
Drake Hall Fire To Be Featured In Documentary
The fire this winter at a U-W-La Crosse dorm is being highlighted in a documentary on fire safety that's now in production...
Members of two nationwide groups are in La Crosse today to talk with people who were connected to the Drake Hall fire in January. Ed Comeau founded 'Campus Firewatch,' and he says the local fire is a rare case where an entire residence hall has been disabled for a full semester.
But Comeau also points out that the Drake fire resulted in no deaths and no major injuries...showing that the university has done well in preparing students for the chance of fire.
Fake Candidates Can Run
(AP) Wisconsin's elections board has voted unanimously to allow six Republicans running as Democrats to appear on the ballot in upcoming recall elections. The state Government Accountability Board voted Tuesday to allow the candidates to run because state law doesn't require people to prove they belong to any political party before they can run for office. Democrats objected saying the candidates falsely represented themselves and therefore filed fraudulent paperwork. The recalls target Republican Gov. Scott Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and three incumbent senators. A fourth Senate seat is open. Republicans say the goal was to ensure there is a primary in all the races so the general election will be on the same date. The primary is May 8 and the general election is June 5.
Vikings Proposal Shot Down
(AP) Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is already looking ahead to next year on a new Vikings stadium after his preferred proposal hit a critical setback in the Legislature. Dayton says it's up to lawmakers to revive the public financing package for the $975 million stadium before they head home for the year. But Dayton was pessimistic Tuesday after a committee defeat of the plan the night before.
The Democratic governor has made the stadium a priority this year, arguing it would result in construction jobs and keep a professional team without a lease from leaving the state. Dayton says he has ``no doubt'' it will prevail in 2013. Republican House Speaker Kurt Zellers blamed Democrats, who put up only one ``yes'' vote in the 9-6 defeat.
Minnesota Couple Identified
(AP) Friends of a Minnesota couple who died when an Italian cruise ship capsized in January say they're relieved to hear the bodies of Barbara and Gerald Heil finally have been identified. The White Bear Lake couple were active members of St. Pius the X Catholic Church and were known for their service to others. Jerry Heil would visit Diane Vorland, who is confined to a wheelchair, every Thursday to bring her communion and recite the rosary. And he promised to drive Denny Hardy on errands after Hardy lost his license. Vorland says it's good news that the Heils finally have been identified after so long, and that the news should give closure to the family. Hardy says it's nice knowing that the Heils are now safely in the hands of God.