Judge Says Occupy Madison Campers Must Leave
(AP) A Dane County judge has ordered an encampment that began as an Occupy Madison demonstration to leave a city-owned lot. The judge denied a temporary restraining order that would have prevented city officials from removing the campers. They have until noon Tuesday to leave the site. The Occupy Madison movement began last October as a demonstration against economic inequality and social injustice. But the encampment has evolved into a gathering spot of mostly homeless people. About 50 to 60 people have occupied the site. Mayor Paul Soglin says the encampment has become a haven for drug use, assault and property crime. Soglin says the encampment will be treated as a hazardous waste site during cleanup because of reports of needles and bodily fluids.
$325,000 In Scolarships Handed Out Tonight At UW-L
The UW-L Foundation awarded 400 scholarships totaling about $325 thousand during the Student Scholarship and Awards program last night. And Foundation President, Al Trapp, says their was a reason the number of applicants went up this year. And it may have saved some trees in the process.
The UW-L Foundation also awards an additional $150 thousand in scholarships at other times throughout the year.
U.S Senate Candidate Stumps In La Crosse
It's a busy week of campaigning in western Wisconsin for one of the Republican U.S. Senate candidates. The first stop for Mark Neumann's campaign was in La Crosse this morning. One of his main goals is to scale back on what he calls an unconstitutional level of federal rules and regulations, but his focus today was balancing the federal budget. Neumann said he is a both a fiscal and social conservative who would vote to repeal Obamacare. His five-year plan to balance the federal budget includes eliminating or cutting back on 150 government programs.
Neumann is part of a large crowd in the fight for Herb Kohl's seat. Other candidates are former governor Tommy Thompson, Representative Jeff Fitzgerald, businessman Eric Hovde, and chiropractor Kip Smith. The democrats have produced one candidate, congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. Neumann served Wisconsin's first district in the House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999. Neumann ran against Governor Walker in the 2010 election, and in 1998, lost out to Russ Feingold, the incumbent senator.
Students To Run Cross Country....In Hawaii
Every four years the Viroqua Cross Country team travels to Hawaii to participate in a cross country meet hosted by James Rubasch, a coach who grew up in Vernon County in southwest Wisconsin. Each athlete works hard to pay his or her own way. This year the Viroqua cross country student athletes are building a new fundraiser of a different sort, the Aloha Bike Tour to be held on Saturday, August 18th. Enter Jenny Leum. ( LEE-UM)
Leum says the bike ride will do many things for the runners: involve them in the community, raise funds for the planned trip, encourage team spirit and unity, and promote their active lifestyle. You can sign up by going to aloha bike tour dot com.
Not Much Absentee Movement Yet
Week number two now for absentee voting for the upcoming recall elections. We checked in with La Crosse City Clerk, Teri Lehrke, on the response so far.
Lehrke says in the meantime they continue to process written requests and permanent absentee ballots for those that can't get out. Wisconsin's primary is next Tuesday.