New DMV Centers Open MOnday
Starting today, three more Wisconsin communities will have state motor vehicle service centers. They’ll be located at Alma in Buffalo County, Viroqua in Vernon County, and a location in Menominee County.
The new state budget requires all 72 counties to have at least one DMV
service center. The main purpose is to make it easier for people to get photo
I-D’s, so they can use them to vote under the state’s new identification
law at the polls.
The agency is also expanding service in most of its centers around the state to at least 20 hours per week. That requirement is also in the state budget.
Wisconsin Tobacco Report Has Some Good And Some Bad
2 A's and 2 F's..........that's what you will find in the latest Wisconsin tobacco report card published by the American Lung Association. One reason there are a couple of F's........funding cuts for tobacco programs....are at 75% this year.
Judi Zabel, Co-coordinator for the 7 C’s Health Initiative in the La Crosse area says the enormity of the challenge facing them requires combined resources at both the state and federal levels. Something she's crossing her fingers for real soon.
La Crosse Busy With Accidents
Since 6 am today, emergency personnel have responded to at least 20 motorist assists (mostly slide-offs), 28 collisions, and 4 car crashes with injuries. One collision involved a vehicle striking a snow plow and another collision involved a vehicle rear-ending a city bus.
7 Hour Standoff Ends Peacefully
A Missouri man is in the Monroe County jail after keeping police at bay for 7 hours Sunday morning at a Tomah Motel. 22 year old Kenneth Roark was reportedly in the Super 8 Motel around 2:30am, intoxicated and had a hand gun. After officers confonted him in a hallway......he ran off back into his room.
Several police agencies set up a perimeter around the motel......cleared out 15 rooms on the first floor.....and in the end, flushed him out of the room using chemical agents. Tomah Police Cheif Wes Revels told WIZM's Dan Deicher that the people staying in the rooms that were cleared out were performing work at a local sand mine with Roark.
Roark is being held on suspicion of endangering safety while intoxicated with a firearm, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct with a dangerous weapon. He will make a court appearance Monday morning.
Meeting to Override Harter Vetoes Still Not Set
A decision could be coming soon on when a La Crosse city council meeting might be held to overturn Mayor Matt Harter's latest vetoes. Those trying to call an emergency meeting to vote on override are trying to determine between having the meeting on Monday or Tuesday. Harter vetoed three advisory referendum questions, keeping them from the spring ballot. The council has to overturn by Tuesday in order to get those questions on the ballot. The referendum questions involve billboards and city council size. Among other reasons, Harter says he vetoed the referendum questions because voters have enough to consider with a binding referendum on a city administrator already at the polls.