Watch for the walkers
Watch out for kids Wednesday morning...they are walking to school!
It's the international Walk to School Day event. The day is designed to educate children about pedestrian safety as well as to promote physical activity. The School District of La Crosse, in partnership with the La Crosse County Safe Routes to School Program and Gundersen Lutheran will have organized walks for Hamilton/ SOTA I, Franklin, Roosevelt, and Coulee Montessori, and Logan Middle School.
Mayor Matt Harter will kick things off at Powell Park at 7:30.
Heim: Feingold Behind But Not Out
One month out from election day, Senator Russ Feingold has some ground to make up if he wants to keep his US senate seat. The Wisconsin democrat appears behind Republican challenger Ron Johnson in a few polls. UWL political analyst Joe Heim says the lead is not surprising considering the amount of money Johnson has dumped into campaign advertising. He says Johnson's polling lead now could diminish as Feingold's campaign puts more money into the race during the last few weeks.
WEST SALEM SCHOOLS GET MONEY
West Salem gets some dough from the feds. 7 other Wisconsin cities and one county will have safer schools thanks a federal grant from the Secure-Our-Schools program in the U-S Justice Department.
West Salem is tabbed to get over $20 thousand dollars....something West Salem High School Principal Mark Carlson says came as a suprise.
The funding will help cover the costs of surveillance systems, metal detectors, locks, fences, and lighting among other things.
Balance Sheet Healthy for State Health Program
No bells and whistles in this state health insurance program. Wisconsin's Badger Care Plus Basic program. $130 a month. A limited number of doctor visits. Generic drugs only. But is there a market for that kind of thing? Appears to be, says Rachel Currans-Sheehan with the state's Wisconsin health department, because the plan now covers about 35 hundred people. A new report says the three month old Plus Basic plan is in good shape; covering those 35 hundred on small premiums without tax dollars and still remaining financially sound.
Report: Badger Care Plus Basic in Good Shape
You've probably heard at one point or another that government run healthcare is a train wreck. But that doesn't appear to be the case with a relatively new state health program in Wisconsin. The Badger Care Plus Basic plan starting enrolling people in the summer. The plan covers about 35 hundred in the state now. It's a very basic health plan that costs about $130 a month and offers a set number of doctor visits, hospital stays and generic drug coverage. A new report from the Department of Health Services today says the plan is not only solvent but has taken in twice as much in premiums than it has paid out. The health department says the plan is self-funded and doesn't use taxpayer dollars.