Local Republican Hesitates to Predict Outcome of Caucuses
Going into today's caucus voting in Iowa, the Republican presidential candidate field looks pretty wide open. Expect that to narrow considerably after today, says La Crosse republican party chair Bill Feehan. Although he declined to offer his prediction for who might finish first today
Iowa is the first state to take part in the presidential nominating process. Wisconsin's presidential primary won't happen until April.
One Drunk Driving Change Not Likely in New Year
If you ask lawmakers, chances are they'll tell you they're in favor of making a crime of first time drunk driving in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, says John Vose with the Wisconsin chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, costs of changing the law make the idea not such a winner
Which means the idea is likely a non-starter again this year in Madison. Wisconsin is the only state that treats a first time drunk offense as more of a traffic ticket than a crime.
Police Reports Show New Year Celebration Relatively Quiet
After counting up tickets and tallying arrests, turns out it was kind of a quiet New Year's Eve for La Crosse police. There were a few fights. A few broken windows. Somebody on the southside swears he saw a guy shooting six rounds out of a gun though police never found casings. Not really that many drunk driving arrests. There was that one 20 year old Army vet who kicked in the door of a garage on the southside because he was cold, underdressed and trying to get warm. Not surprisingly, police say, that guy was pretty solidly drunk.
Hotel Owner Says He Gets Stolen Money Back as Payment
A La Crosse woman faces charges after taking some money from a hotel. Police say the 22 year-old is staying at the Affordable Inn on the northside. They say the owner of the Affordable got video of the woman taking the money out of his cash register last week. Apparently the woman used the same wad of cash to pay some of what she owed on her hotel bill there. Police say she admitted the crime and called the theft a "lapse in judgement."
New Medical Course Offered
Medical professions are on the rise in the La Crosse area. After two years of market studies and gathering input from focus groups made up of local business and industry partners, a new curriculum at Western Technical College has been established and students are being accepted into a new Medical Administrative Professional associate's degree program. And it comes with three levels.
Gary Brown, Dean of Western's Business division, says the new course, which is supported by the entire medical community, will be available this spring semester, which starts January 16th. They are taking enrollments for the course now.