DA has Problems With Report
A new study shows that Wisconsin has the nation's eighth highest rate of wrongful criminal convictions but La Crosse County D.A., Tim Gruenke, has some issues with that report.
The Center for Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University counted 21 Wisconsinites who were exonerated since 1989. The report said Wisconsin's wrongful convictions were 30 percent higher than the national average. Illinois had the most, with 101.
Lunch. Music. Thursdays. Noon. Riverside Park.
Why go to the usual places for lunch in La Crosse, when you can sit in Riverside Park and listen to good music?
The park department and the Valley View Rotary are working together to provide lunch-hour concerts called 'Noon Tunes' on Thursdays at the Riverside bandshell. City park director Steve Carlyon is hoping for a large turnout for the noon entertainment. The concerts will be free, and people attending will be encouraged to bring their own lunch from home or from downtown restaurants. Area musician Bill Miller will lead off the Noon Tunes programs on June 14th. With a few exceptions, the weekly concerts will continue every Thursday through Oktoberfest.
Group Says Walker Job Numbers Still Not Great
In the last weeks of the recall campaign for governor, job creation has become a pivotal issue. Governor Walker says the state added 24 thousand last year. Fed estimates says the state lost tens of thousands of jobs. But Laura Dresser, with the Center on Wisconsin Strategy says, assuming Walker's numbers are true, that's still not great job growth
Keep your criticism of Walker at a minimum, though. Dresser says the larger world economy has more to do with recovery and job growth in the state than the governor's policies.
Goodbye, Old Paint...Hello, Justice Department
Even if people haven't used it in decades, lead paint can still pose a health hazard...
A La Crosse area construction company recently power-washed a church, removing lead paint from the steeple. But Krause Konstruction didn't follow the proper state rules for disposing of the paint...letting it fall to the street, and the grass around the church. The Coon Valley company had to remove the sod where the paint chips had fallen. Krause will pay a 10-thousand dollar fine to the state, and will have to educate its workers on the proper way to dispose of asbestos and lead.
Harter Not Changing Position on Business Incentives
Government cash grabs by business? La Crosse mayor Matt Harter says he's seen enough of it. So, while talks continue this week between the city and convenience store giant Kwik Trip on an expansion deal, Harter says he's not budging from his conviction against grants as incentives
Harter's stance might not be the one eventually taken by the city committee negotiating with Kwik Trip. Four city council members are also part of that committee.