LHI's Weber Named To State Post
Governor Scott Walker announced the appointment of three board members to the WEDC, which will replace the Wisconsin Department of Commerce later this year. Governor Walker appointed Dan Ariens of Green Bay, Lisa Mauer of Wauwatosa, and Don Weber of La Crosse. The WEDC will takeover the programs currently in the Department of Commerce and reorganize them to effectively and efficiently help the private sector create jobs.
The announcement of these appointments comes on the heels of good economic news shown by updated revenue projections, an announcement about jumping seventeen spots in a business ranking, three major bond agencies affirming the steps Governor Walker took to stabilize the state’s rating, and the Legislature introducing a bill to improve businesses’ ability to access resources by promoting venture capital investment.
Vineout Questions Lack Of Hearings Here
She wants to know what is going on in Madison. State Senate Democrat Kathleen Vinehout is speaking out against public hearings held by different sections of the state legislature....that in her eyes....continually avoid Western Wisconsin.
First budgets hearings then gun control hearings.
Vinehout says it's gotten so out of hand that bills being voted on now by some state legislators, are not even being read before they vote. So not only do they not have a clue...but the public is being left in the dark as well. She also says those that are facing recall elections are trying to ram bills through before they are voted out of office.
UW-L Nabs Huge Grant
An almost $250 thousand grant will help UW-La Crosse undergraduates and area high school students conduct more research on bacterial infections and diseases that affect neurons in the body. The large National Science Foundation grant will allow UW-L researchers to add 15 more undergraduates and high school students to their team to conduct more research on diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s.
UW-L Chemistry Professor Todd Weaver says the grant, his second consecutive for research on neurodegenerative diseases, speaks highly of the project and UW-L. Less than 15 percent of NSF proposals are funded and the host institution must support the project. Weaver says UW-L administrators have built a very supportive environment to conduct meaningful, hypothesis-driven undergraduate research.
Weaver says the initial grant sparked nine UW-L undergraduates to present posters regionally and nationally, along with three who have co-authored an article in a peer-reviewed top-tier scientific journal. Four students have continued doctorate studies at major research universities such as Yale, UW-Madison, the University of Michigan, and the University of Minnesota.
Woman To Join Hubby In Joint
A Lacrosse woman was sentenced to 50 months federal prison time Friday, for her role in a Meth making operation. 27 year old Amber Johnson joins her husband, Travis, as both being sentenced now. He got 90 months last week.
In April of last year, police served a search warrant on their Lacrosse home, and found liquid Meth in jars along with the materials to make Meth.
A federal judge told Johnson that she deserved more time in the pen for the fact that she was making Meth in her home where her two children also lived and they could have been harmed.
4 police agencies were involved in the Meth bust.
New Utility Could Get a Vote in June
A new utility in La Crosse will do a couple of things. City water utility manager Mark Johnson says a storm water utility would create a fund for treating run-off as well as dealing with discharge shortcomings that keep parts of the city under water after every serious rain. The utility won't be able to fix all of those issues immediately. It might take decades and cost tens of millions of dollars. The city council could vote on creating a new storm water utility as early as next month. The plan right now would have residences paying just over fifty bucks a year for the new utility. Businesses would pay based on area of impermeable surfaces like parking lots