Feds Send Money to State Who Brace For Future Flooding
Invest money now, save more money later. That's the thinking behind big fed grants getting announced today for a baker's dozen states. It's Disaster Recovery Enhancement Fund Money going to states for investments into projects that prevent large scale disasters in future flooding. Wisconsin is one of the big winners, collecting $15 million from the feds. But Iowa makes the big haul. Iowa has landed grants totalling $84 million for disaster preparedness and prevention.
Local Unemployment: Ain't Great, But Not Bad, Either
The La Crosse area's unemployment decreases were barely noticeable in the last month. Not compared with some metro areas in the state which saw declines in jobless rates by as much as a half a percent. But, at 6.2%, the area's seasonally unadjusted rate for July is still the second lowest in the state, only behind Madison and just ahead of Eau Claire. Meanwhile, La Crosse county as a whole saw no change in unemployment from the month before, still hovering at 6.2%, although that is about six tenths lower than the same time last year.
Police: Northside Video Poker Machines Hit For Big Dollars, Maybe No Crime
Cops aren't sure how they did it, but they did it, and did it up good. Several bar owners on the northside of La Crosse were stung last night by some guys playing video poker who were either extremely lucky or somehow very crooked. The guys hit the machines for around five hundred bucks each. Some of the bars paid out. One wouldn't pay out until today and at the other bar, they accused the guys of rigging the game and they left with over four hundred bucks of credits on the machine. Police stopped some fellows from out of town who appear to be the video machine scammers but say they've got no evidence the guys did anything criminal.
Caregiver Arrested for Theft
You get some home care for your elderly father, you probably don't expect him to get ripped off in the process. Police say 40 year-old Lisa Wilchinski stole checks from a 90 year old La Crosse guy she was hired to take care of. They say the Onalaska woman wrote herself over a thousand bucks in checks on the elderly guy's account. Apparently, she also used his credit card to get herself a nice new ring. She denies any theft. Tells cops she got hush money from the 90 year-old because he groped her and didn't want her to tell anybody about it.
Dems File Another Kapanke Complaint
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairman Mike Tate is filing a complaint against state Sen. Dan Kapanke, a Republican candidate for Congress in the 3rd District.
The complaint expected to be filed Wednesday with the Government Accountability Board alleges that Kapanke illegally used money from a nonprofit foundation that accepts money from groups that employ lobbyists to pay off debt he owes to the city of La Crosse.
The complaint alleges Kapanke used nearly $17,000 from the foundation to pay the city back for lighting it installed at the field where the La Crosse Loggers play. Kapanke owns the Northwoods League team.
Kapanke did not immediately return a message seeking comment. He and Bruce Evers are seeking the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Ron Kind.