GET Coach And Teacher Enters One Plea In Dry Ice Injury Case
In Trempealeau County Court today, a plea of 'not guilty' from a girls' basketball coach who's charged with causing injury to his players while showing them a science experiment.
Brady Olson has entered that plea on a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He could enter a plea to physical abuse of a child during his preliminary hearing, set for April 10th. Olson is the science teacher and coach from Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau who's been charged with causing burns on the legs of his middle-school team members. At least one girl on the team says Olson placed dry ice on their skin to show what the frozen chemical is like.
Woman Dies After Shooting In South Lax
Two shootings that happened Monday afternoon are being investigated in La Crosse...
One shooting has left a 20-year-old woman dead. That happened in the 700 block of Division Street. The woman died at Mayo Franciscan in La Crosse. The other incident was on the north side of the city, Island Street, where someone apparently shot at a window. Nobody was hurt in that situation.
Lax Doc Thinks Cheney Didn't Get Preferential Treatment For Transplant
For the eight years that he was Vice President, Dick Cheney was in the news often because of recurring heart problems.
Now, the 71-year-old Cheney has gotten a heart transplant...raising questions of possible favoritism, and whether he's too old for such a procedure. Dr. Prem Rabindra, a heart surgeon at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse, believes that Cheney wouldn't have gotten a transplant if doctors didn't think he needed it, and could handle it.
Although Gundersen does not perform heart transplants, Rabindra says the hospital may soon begin implanting ventricular pumps, which Cheney had before his transplant. Madison and Rochester are the cities closest to La Crosse where heart transplants are done.
Early Apple Blossoms Threatened By Chance Of Freeze
Yesterday marked the first time in almost two weeks that the mercury dropped below 40 degrees in the immediate La Crosse area.
If it gets much colder, local fruit crops could be in big trouble, now that trees are blossoming early. From Bauer's Market in La Crescent, owner Bruce Bauer says just one night of temps in the 20's could ruin an orchard. He's seen it happen a couple of times in the last 50 years...in 1964 and 1988.
Bauer says the growers he's talked with have been busy protecting the budding fruit trees, so they're less likely to freeze.
E-File Big In Wisconsin
(AP) Wisconsin revenue officials say about 80 percent of state taxpayers file electronically. A decade ago that was just 25 percent. Revenue Secretary Richard Chandler says e-filing has eliminated a big crunch of returns at the filing deadline. Chandler says the state expects about 3 million returns. And, the average refund is $680.
About half of Wisconsin taxpayers have filed state returns with about a month to go before the April 17th deadline, which falls on a Tuesday this year. The 15th is on a Sunday and the 16th is Emancipation Day, a holiday in Washington D.C. The Department of Revenue offers a free e-file program at revenue.wi.gov.