Jail...Huge Fine For Pill Thief
Peth was arrested in March 2010, and was charged with 75 counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Yesterday, Peth was sentenced to a year in the Monroe County Jail and 10 years probation. Peth must also pay around $20 thousand in restitution.
She pleaded guilty in November 2010 to 20 counts, and the remaining 55 counts were dismissed.
Gow Says Cuts Run Deep
Chancellor Joe Gow says UW- La Crosse is facing around $5-6 million dollars in cuts. The entire UW-system.....$250 million in cuts. That's deep says Gow.
The chancellor also says Governor Walker's savings tools will not completely offset the decrease in state aid. This means UW-L will have to reevaluate the possibility of cutting programs and faculty and furthermore, possibly eliminate vacant positions.
UW-Madison will be able to increase tuition to possibly offset most of the cuts, while UW-La Crosse can only increase tuition by five point five percent.....something Gow says they are looking at.
Campbell Prepares for Flooding, Limits Sandbags
If record flooding really does occur in the area, people on French Island are going to need a few sandbags.
Probably more than a few, says town administrator Jim Gitz. Right now, they can have 200. He says, until some more federal and state assistance comes through, that limit will stay in place and homeowners will have to make arrangements privately for more.
Gitz says, the town is in emergency preparation mode right now getting together plans for worse-case scenarios of flooding in streets and sewer problems. He says there's never enough time to prepare for any emergency but the town's well ahead of any preparations that were made for flooding events in the past.
Lax County Passes Extensions Of Union Pacts
A mini-battle over budgets and unions, at the county level...
The La Crosse County Board has extended some union contracts for two years, which include pay raise language. Only three votes were cast against the contracts. County personnel director Bob Taunt says this will settle union matters for three years, while other parts of Wisconsin experiment with the governor's budget repairs.
Opponents of the extension do not want the county locked into granting raises for the next two years, when nobody knows what the economy will be like over that period.
Local Union Meets With City for Extension Talks Today
Opening salvos today in contract extension negotiations between the city of La Crosse and its biggest union. Rich Smith heads SEIU 180. He's meeting with the city today with the understanding that the lack of an extension beyond this year has dire consequences for his members because of the new law limiting collective bargaining powers for unions. He says that one year extension could be huge because it would give his members one more year of certainty before potentially losing all sorts of protections and benefits.
Smith says sometimes contract negotiations can drag on for months. This time he's got a week before the new law goes into effect.