Housing Report Expected Today
A task force report on housing in La Crosse expected today. The city-county group has, for the past several months, looked for remedies to La Crosse's very poor housing stock.
Karl Green, with the UW Extension. He says a lack of enforcement of building codes and ordinances contributes to a lack of buyer confidence in the current housing stock.
Committee Weighs Request for Train Horn Waiver
La Crosse is hoping for a special exception. The city will ask the feds to continue a waiver from the Federal Train Horn Rule along a section of track that runs through the southside to City Brewery. A train makes the trip in the very early morning now. Real close to city councilman Paul Medinger's place
But Medinger says that noise won't be so much like a background sound if the feds say no to La Crosse's waiver. In that case, train engineers would have to sound horns before every crossing from the main line to the Brewery and back again. A city committee votes on making the train horn request tonight.
Super Bowl Sorrows
(AP) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is warning distraught Green Bay Packers fans not to drown their sorrow about the team not being in the Super Bowl when watching the game on Sunday. The Packers were ousted from the playoffs by the New York Giants, who play the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. State Patrol Maj. Sandra Huxtable says the key is for people to plan ahead so they are not driving drunk after the game. She encourages party hosts to have non-alcoholic drinks and plenty of food available. The DOT plans to air a new federally funded television commercial during the Super Bowl and throughout February warning against drunken driving.
Petition Posting In Question
(AP) The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board isn't saying if or when it will post online petitions seeking the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
The board made the petitions available to the Walker campaign on Friday and promised to post them online for the public to view Monday. But board spokesman Reid Magney says concerns relayed to the board by domestic violence victims worried about their names and addresses being made public cause the board not to post the petitions Monday. Magney says he has no comment on when they might put them online. Recall petitions targeted four Republican state senators have already been posted. The board was continuing to process petitions seeking the recall of Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch.
Wisconsin Shakes With Earthquake
(AP) A minor earthquake rumbled through southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Seismologists with the U.S. Geological Survey say the 2.4 magnitude quake happened just before 10 p.m. Monday and was centered about 30 miles from Kenosha, just east of McHenry, Ill. Several police departments in the area got calls from people who felt the quake. But no one reported any damage or injuries. The USGS estimates 1.3 million quakes with magnitudes between 2.0 and 2.9 occur each year.