Drake Fire Started In Couch
Investigators have no 'smoking gun' to pin on any individual for starting the Drake Hall fire at U-W-L...
But they do have a smoking couch. Campus police and the city fire department are certain that the January 29th fire began in a basement couch, so there had to be human involvement somehow. The blaze began around 4:30 in the morning, which lets out most Drake residents as suspects, since the majority were asleep in their rooms.
Campus police chief Scott Rohde says students have been very cooperative and revealing about what they were doing the day of the fire. But it seems nobody has confessed yet to setting a flame. A reward of $2000 is being offered for tips that solve the case.
3 In State Won't Run Again
(AP) Three Republican legislators say they won't seek re-election to the state Assembly this fall. Reps. Dan Meyer of Eagle River, Richard Spanbauer of Oshkosh and Michelle Litjens of Vinland say they're done. Meyer has served in the Assembly since 2000. He says 12 years is a good term limit to impose on himself. Spanbauer has served since 2008. He told the Oshkosh Northwestern newspaper he's tired of lawmakers who care more about politics than people. Litjens was elected in 2010. She says she has helped turn the state around and now wants to spend more time with her family. The current legislative session has been one of the ugliest in recent history. Protesters angry over Gov. Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law have spent the past year harassing GOP lawmakers.
Exports Up In Wisconsin
(AP) Wisconsin exported a record $2.8 billion in agricultural goods last year. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says that's an 18 percent increase over the previous year. The state's top agricultural exports include wheat, corn and barley. Its top markets are Canada, Mexico, South Korea, China and Japan. Wisconsin ranks 16th among states in agricultural exports.
Obama In Badgerland Tomorrow
(AP) Republican Gov. Scott Walker plans to greet President Barack Obama in Milwaukee on Wednesday and accompany him on a visit to Master Lock. Walker's spokesman Chris Schrimpf confirmed Tuesday that Walker will meet the president at the tarmac and join him on the company visit. Walker has been attempting to tie the effort to recall him from office with Obama's re-election plans and hopes of winning Wisconsin like he did in 2008. Walker has been telling supporters that a victory for him in a recall would be a ``devastating blow'' for Obama's chances at re-election. In a speech to conservatives Friday in Washington, Walker also criticized Obama for comments the president made last year during the uproar over Walker's proposal limiting collective bargaining rights for public workers.
Police Nab One in Flat Tire Robbery Scheme
La Crosse police have one man in custody from a robbery earlier this month. But they're still looking for accomplices. They say 22 year-old Jacob Foley was the point man in an elaborate scheme to steal thousands of dollars in cash from a woman. Police say Foley damaged the woman's tire and then later offered to fix it in return for a ride home. Instead, Foley led the woman to an ambush. They say Foley choked her, another guy stuck a knife in her face and somebody was waving a gun around. The guys got sixty bucks altogether.