Redistricting Problems Even Worse This Year in Wisconsin Says Group
The legislative redistricting process in Wisconsin was bound to get a little contentious. Democrats were locked out of the process of redrawing political boundaries in the state completely during this last go 'round. The republican-controlled approach led to a federal court battle. There's a better way, says Jay Heck from Wisconsin Common Cause. Like in Iowa, where political districts are drawn up every ten years by a nonpartisan board
The groups who filed lawsuits regarding new redistricting maps claim they were done in such a way as to especially limit voting influence of blacks and latinos in the state.
City Panel Agrees to Second Delay in Garbage Rules
Last June, when the La Crosse public works board started work on refining the city's garbage rules, they hoped to have the new rules in place by the time college students evacuated the city this May. Now the board has put that deadline in doubt by agreeing to a second month-long delay on the rules as critics complain about the scope of the new regulations.
Public works director, Dale Hexom. Among the biggest complaints from landlords on the new rules are ones that involve limiting big item pick-up and increasing the requirements for using dumpsters at rentals.
No Appeal In 1993 Drive-By Shooting
After almost 20 years in prison, a man convicted of a shooting in La Crosse thought he had found a legal loophole to help him be freed...
Lewis Altman Junior was 23 when he was arrested for firing a gun from one moving car into another on Losey Boulevard. A woman in the other car was wounded in the neck. The shooting happened in 1993...but now, Altman wants to reopen the case by claiming that he did not get to see medical files on how badly the victim was hurt. His argument did not sway Judge Ramona Gonzalez, who said Altman was on a "fishing expedition" with no bait, and no fish at the other end. Altman has made other attempts to appeal his conviction, because of insufficient evidence or poor legal counsel.
Police Bust Suspected Pot Dealing Couple on Southside
A married couple has been busted for dealing pot in La Crosse. Police got a crimestoppers tip about the couple who they arrested on Friday. They say 29 year-olds Jeremy and Jennifer Jenkins have been dealing marijuana out of their southside trailer. Cops found a couple pounds of pot and thousands of dollars in the Quail drive trailer along with some pot brownies, psychedelic mushroom brownies and numerous types of prescription drugs. Police also found the couple's children, three and six years-old, who are now being cared for by relatives.
Braun Says I Was Innocent The Whole Time
Ryan Braun will be in the dugout wearing his traditional Number 8 on Opening Day, after he won his appeal of a positive drug test from last October. Braun spoke about the ordeal at a press conference in the Brewers spring training complex earlier today. He said the Major League Baseball drug testing system is flawed and that led to his name being drug through the mud. Braun told teammates and the media.......I was innocent the whole time.
Braun said all along that his 50 game suspension for a positive drug test would be overturned. He was right. This makes the Brewers outfielder the first Major League Baseball player to successfully challenge a drug related penalty in a grievance.