Crash closes highways
You can expect delays on Highway 64 at Highway 14 for pretty much the rest of the morning.
We'll update you on this story when we get more details.
UWL Football Coach Retires
UW La Crosse is searching for a new head football coach. Larry Terry announced this morning he will retire at the end of this season. Terry has coached the Eagles for the past eleven seasons, compiling a 64-47 record. He ranks as the third all time winningest coach in UWL history. This season has been a disappointment, but Terry says his decision was not based on this year's record.
Life Saving Ideas for Riverside Stilll Open for Discussion
New ladders at the Riverside Park levee in La Crosse? That's what one local business owner has suggested to help make the city's riverfront safer. But city parks boss Steve Carlyon says maybe the ladders that are already in place at the levee would be good enough. Although Carlyon likes the idea of marking the ladders somehow so that they're more visible. Another idea is to put life rings or throw buoys at the edge of the park. Carlyon says he's a little skeptical of that idea because it takes some training to use a life ring property. But, he says, he'll continue to research the idea.
Administrator in City's Planning Department Cited for Hit and Run
Why a high profile city employee side-swiped a car on Friday night and kept on driving is anybody's guess. La Crosse's community development administrator, Liana Escott, apparently swerved into a car parked on Market Street late last Friday night but didn't stop to check the damage. Police say, the guy in the car that got hit tried to chase Escott down but she wouldn't stop and eventually he gave up, satisfied to turn in her license plate number to cops. Escott, who's also at the head of the city's Safe Routes to School program, finally talked to police on Tuesday, by then she'd repaired the damage to her car but was apparently evasive about it. She's been busted on a hit and run charge.
Jobs Numbers Better Statewide, Locally
Suddenly, things are looking a whole lot brighter on the jobs front in Wisconsin. The state's labor department says the jobless rates across the state have dropped. Down in all but one of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Down in the 30 largest cities. Down in the state's 12 metro areas. The state's unemployment rate for September is down to 7 percent. In the La Crosse metro area, the jobless rate has dropped to 5.5%, down almost a full percentage point from September of last year. In La Crosse county, the unemployment rate has dipped to 5.3%, the fourth lowest among counties iin the state.