Average Gambling Debt Skyrockets in Wisconsin
People are losing a bundle in Wisconsin. According to the Wisconsin Council on Problem Gambling, the average reported debt on the organization's gambling hotline last year was more than $157,000. A whopping increase of over a hundred thousand dollars from the year before, says council director, Rose Gruber
Gruber says more people are maxing-out credit cards, getting short-term loans of all kinds, leaning on friends and relatives, and gambling money they should spend on mortgages or rent.
Slap on Rear Sends College Student to Jail
A Viterbo student probably picked the wrong butt to slap this week-end. Cops say 22 year-old Andrew Kiel gave one of the La Crosse PD's female officers a whack on the backside with his hand. Trying to be jovial, apparently, while getting liquored up in a bar early in the morning. "Good job," he told the cop. Not sure if he felt the same after she cuffed him and hauled him to lockup. Now Kiel faces a charge of fourth degree sexual assault.
Who Will The Democrats Choose In A Recall Race
Among those reportedly interested in running for Governor on the Democratic side are Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, former Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk, La Crosse Congressman Ron Kind, former Congressman Dave Obey, state Senate Democrats Jon Erpenbach and Tim Cullen , and Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca. How does UW-Political Professor Joe Heim feel about that field of names that would run against Governor Scott Walker in a recall election?
He says a very interesting choice would be moderate democrat, Ron Kind. State Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate says it might be March before a field is set.
Fifth OWI Hat Trick in La Crosse County
Three guys face charges for a fifth OWI in La Crosse county court today. 49 year-old Robert White from West Salem and La Crosse guys, 48 year-old Richard Stach and 29 year-old Jon Storandt all got busted this week-end driving drunk for the fifth time. They say Storandt hit it hard before getting behind the wheel. La Crosse cops stopped him speeding at bartime on Sunday on Copeland Avenue. Stumbling drunk, they say. Blew a .25 at the scene couldn't remember where he lived.
Plane Making Company Moves To The Badger State
MADISON, Wis. (AP) A startup aircraft manufacturer says it will be locating its manufacturing facility and headquarters in Superior. Governor Scott Walker announced Monday that Kestrel Aircraft Corp. is expected to create 600 jobs. Kestrel's website says its headquarters and manufacturing is currently located in Brunswick, Maine. It also has engineering and design offices in Duluth, Minnesota. Walker's announcement of the project did not say how those existing locations and employees would be affected. Kestrel's website says it makes 6- and 8-person turboprop planes. The company is headed by Alan Klapmeier, co-founder and former chief executive officer of Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft.