Iowa Looking At $10 An Hour Minimum Wage
(AP) An Iowa Senate panel approved a measure raising Iowa's minimum wage to $10 an hour, but supporters acknowledge the proposal has no chance of becoming law. Burlington Democrat Tom Courtney pushed for the increase from the current $7.25, noting that at $10 an hour someone still would earn only about $20,000 annually.
Ottumwa Republican Mark Chelgren says the move would dry up jobs for young people. Although the subcommittee of the Senate Labor Committee approved the measure Thursday, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen told reporters he wouldn't allow debate on the proposal in the House, where Republicans hold a majority. Paulsen says the measure would hurt employers, and he wants to help them create jobs. San Francisco has the nation's top minimum wage of $10.24 an hour.
Snow Scamper Scrapped
It was supposed to be the second attempt by the City of La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department to get it off the ground. And for the second year.....they have cancelled the Snowshoe Scamper 5K/10K Race and Family Fun planned for this Saturday at Forest Hills Golf Course. Why? You guessed it.....the warm weather expected for this week, lack of snow and unsafe trail conditions. People that have already registered for the Snowshoe Scamper will be receiving a full refund of the entry fee. The La Crosse Parks and Recreation Department plan on hosting the event again in 2013.
RNC Blasts Obama Coming To Wisconsin
Republican Governor Scott Walker plans to greet President Barack Obama in Milwaukee today and accompany him on a visit to Master Lock. Walker will meet the president at the tarmac and join him on the company visit. Meanwhile, RNC Chair Reince Priebus and Senator Ron Johnson held a press conference on the president's stop.
Cultural And Tourist Center In Onalaska Moving Along
When it comes to the architectural design of a new cultural and toursim center in Onalaska, city leaders were not overly impressed by the two concept drawings presented recently. Members’ comments ranged from it’s not reflective of Native American culture to I want to be wowed. Mayor Mike Giese says they've always been like that.
The architects brought back revisions to their drawings and the
Police Say Child Was Tortured
(AP) Charges are pending against a Madison man and wife arrested for allegedly torturing and starving the man's 15-year-old daughter. The teen was only 70 pounds and told police she was forced to live in the basement since about 2006. According to a police affidavit, she said she was forced to drink her urine and eat her feces. She ate what she could find on the floor, in the laundry or in the garbage. She also said her father and stepmother physically abused her. A doctor told police the malnutrition the girl suffered ``poses a significant risk of death.'' Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain says a passerby notified police after seeing the girl wearing only pajamas and walking barefoot near her home Feb. 6.