Santorum In Sparta
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum appeared in Sparta this morning and pressed his own argument that he’s the best candidate and rival Mitt Romney is the worst to challenge President Barack Obama on the health care issue in the fall. Santorum told a group of lumberyard workers and supporters that healthcare is the most important issue in this election. While Romney says he would fight to repeal Obama’s health care law, Santorum says Romney essentially is disqualified because he put in place a similar law in Massachusetts when he was governor, including a requirement that all residents buy health insurance. Santorum won Louisiana’s primary Saturday but continues to lag behind Romney.
ATC Sets More Public Meetings
American Transmission Company is continuing a multi year public outreach
process for the proposed Badger Coulee Transmission Line Project with the third
in a series of public open houses presenting preliminary routes for the proposed
150 to 170 mile line from north of the La Crosse area to northern Dane County.
Approximately 9,000 potentially affected landowners, public officials and other stakeholders will receive invitations in the mail this week. The first public meeting is April 17th at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, Onalaska.
No Arrests Yet In Shooting: It's Homicide, According To Autopsy
La Crosse police have not arrested anyone yet for the shooting death of a Western Tech student on Monday.
A news release from the police department declares the death of 20-year-old Sara Hougom to be a homicide, based on autopsy results. That would be the second murder in La Crosse this month, following the strangling death of a woman on the city's north side. Meanwhile, U-W-L Chancellor Joe Gow says a memorial service for the local college student may be planned soon.
Onalaska School District Settles On Insurance Carriers
Having to change the ways employees of the Onalaksa School District are covered by health insurance was one task that had to be done this year. This after the loss of $1.5 million in state money this year. Larry Dalton, Director of Finance & Business Services, says the school board was prepared for this change.
The end result......the district will work with Gundersen Lutheran Health Plan and Mayo's Health Tradition Health Plan to offer employees the choice of insurance companies and health care providers. All at a savings of $800 thousand.
Two La Crosse Officers On Administrative Leave Pending Investigation
Internal discipline for La Crosse cops busted on illegal hunting charges could be on the way. Officers Corrie Korn and Faling Yang face fines and prison time for duck hunting illegally with their guiding company in the Upper Mississippi Wildlife Refuge over two years ago. We asked police captain Jason Melby about in-house discipline
Melby says a May sentencing on the federal hunting charges would likely be taken into account when making decisions about Korn and Yang. Both officers have been placed on administrative leave.