Lacrosse County 22nd Healthiest In State
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today released the 2011 County Health Rankings. Of the 72 counties in Wisconsin, La Crosse County ranked 22nd in health outcomes, the same as in 2010.
In the category of health factors, the rank went from 6th in the state last year to 4th this year. Health behavior rankings rose from 21st to 8th in Wisconsin and for the 2nd year in a row, La Crosse County came out on top in the state for the quality of its clinical care.
The La Crosse Area Medical Health Science Consortium, a coalition of health and education partners from the Coulee Region, has set a goal to make La Crosse County the healthiest county in Wisconsin by 2015. More detailed information on the rankings specific to La Crosse County will be analyzed and released over the next few weeks.
On Again, Off Again Law Now Off
Whether a contentious Wisconsin law is actually a law became a little clearer after today. A court hearing in Madison clarified the status--for now--of the new law that limits collective bargaining by public unions. Republican leaders had been working on the assumption that the law was in effect. Even though the Secretary of State has been barred from publishing it, necessary under state statutes. Now, a Wisconsin judge has ruled that there should be no further implementation of the law. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi said today that her earlier restraining order saying the law shouldn't be enacted had either been ignored or misinterpreted.
Sumi stopped short of saying the law was not already in effect.
The Legislative Reference Bureau posted the law on a legislative website Friday, leading Gov. Scott Walker's administration to declare the law was in effect.
Rev. Jesse Jackson Stops At UW-L...Touts Get Out To Vote
The Reverend Jesse Jackson is on a state wide bus tour of Wisconsin today......talking to students about using their right to get out and vote....and to take shots at the proposed voter i.d bill pending in the state legislature.
Fresh off stops at several rally's at the state capitol during the protests of Governor Walker's budget repair bill....Jackson says he feels with all the cuts coming from the government country wide......there is money out there somewhere to help students and teachers all survive.
Jackson started his tour yesterday at UW-Oshkosh and will end with a huge rally at UW-Madison. Jackson is tackling issues such as the rising cost of tuition and proposed changes to same day voter registration and voter identification and how these changes affect students.
KCLH Listener Hits Jackpot With Quick Answers
You won't find many radio shows giving away over 15 thousand dollars today. KCLH did it in La Crosse this morning. Hosts Keith Carr and Sam Strong have been building their "Brain Game" jackpot over the last two and a half years. Finally, this morning, a caller bested the quiz and hauled in the booty, about $15,800 in total. Carr says the pressure had been building from station management to give the money away. But, Carr says, they don't give the money away, listeners have to earn it. And Dawn Callahan did just that this morning, correctly identifying five rivers in the coulee region other than the Mississippi and La Crosse in 9.4 seconds.
Democrats Claim Recalls Going Better Than Planned
In the middle of a high-stakes poker game, you don't want to tip your hand...
That's the position the Wisconsin Democratic Party is in, as it promotes recall efforts against eight Republican state senators. It's not going to say how close they are to filing papers against any Senator, including La Crosse's Dan Kapanke. Graeme Zielinski, the main spokesman for the state Democrats, does say that the petition drives are running above expectations. He tells us that some Republicans disenchanted with Governor Walker are helping Dems to circulate papers.