Koula Trial Delayed Until April
Delays in processing DNA evidence have forced a postponement of the Eric Koula murder trial in La Crosse. Judge Scott Horne has set jury selection for April 16th. Defense attorney James Koby asked for more time to evaluate genetic evidence from the house where Koula's parents were shot to death last year. Koby says the latest report from the state crime lab came out just two days ago, and there is still some unidentified DNA from the crime scene. Horne says "this shouldn't have happened," because much of the evidence was sent to the lab over a year ago. The trial was scheduled to begin next Monday.
Board Votes Against Power Project
The CapX2020 project was at the forefront of the Holmen School Board meeting tonight. Opposition was the key word. The board voted on a resolution opposing the entire project.
The high voltage power line project would have about 150 miles of power lines, some of which would run through La Crosse County. They would actually come to an end at a substation near Holmen, which would run past two schools and a projected third building.
Board Member, Cheryl Hancock, told WIZM News that the resolution means the district is now on record with the Public Service Commission opposing CapX2020.
College Grant Will Go Towards Health Care
Western Technical College will be able to give extra guidance todislocated workers transitioning into healthcare programs, thanks to money from arecent federal grant. The three-year $12.69 million grant was awarded to aconsortium of seven colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, including Westernand two other Wisconsin Technical Colleges. Sandra Schultz says the money will be put to good use immediately.
Western's $2.1 million share of the Bridges2Healthcare grant will be used to create pathways and bridges for student success as they enter the healthcare field. The college hopes that redesigned student services and developmental education made possible by the funds will lead to better retention and achievement rates.
Where Are Poll Workers Coming From!
Graeme Zielinski of the State Democratic Party figures the move by Republicans to use a little know state law that deals with submitting lists of poll workers, has something to do with the new voter I-D law. And he feels the Republicans are pulling out all the stops for elections in 2012. Bill Feehan, Lacrosse County Republican Chair, disagrees though.
Democrats say they will keep letting communities choose their own workers. Republicans, in 2012, are submitting their own lists to city clerks...who by state law, have to use the names on the list. Parties have until Wednesday to submit their lists for next year.
Holmen Board To Look At CAPX2020 Project
The CAPX 2020 high power transmission line project would go right through Holmen....and pass two school buildings and a soon to be built third building. Not to the delight of some members of the Holmen School Board. Now, for a second time, a resolution will be brought to the board for a possible vote against the project. Board member Cheryl Hancock says the board has heard the pro's and con's of the project. And she does not support a majority of the project.
The board will meet tonight and it's anticipated to be a full house.