Two-Time La Crosse Bank Robber Sentenced to 25
La Crosse Police Net Top Enforcement Agency Award
How big of a deal is the La Crosse police department's efforts to combat excessive boozing in the city? Big enough to land a nice award for the efforts. The department is getting recognized chiefly for its fight against underage drinking. The Office of Junvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is giving the department the 2010 Enforcement Agency of the Year Award. Chief Ed Kondracki says this is not just a flash in the pan kind of award but one that's been years in the making through the efforts of officers like Al Iverson and Bob Wieczorek as well as former community services captain, Rob Abraham. Kondracki also recognizes the contributions of community groups that have gotten together to tackle alcohol issues in the community.
City Job Vacancies May Have Impact Beyond Budgets
Just what impact are jobs left unfillled having in the city of La Crosse? A question that a city council committee will begin trying to answer at a meeting tonight. The process spurred by the vacancies in the city's fire department. Vacancies that are leading to lots more overtime. But also requiring a change in mission of the department, says chief Greg Cleveland. He says the department is cutting back in areas like public education, assisting businesses in emergency planning and focusing on core functions of the department. Cleveland says it costs more to staff positions with overtime and it could lead to dangerous missteps for those firefighters who are now expected to work longer hours.
Third Try at Race? Not With My Vote, says School Board Member
Will Wisconsin take another shot at federal Race to the Top funding? One La Crosse school board member fully believes the state will make a third attempt to win education dollars under the fed program. But Neil Duresky says he won't say yes to the application when asked. Duresky sticks to the basic premise that the federal education is supposed to leave education to the states and that the Race to the Top program treats states unfairly because it forces them to compete for education dollars. Duresky says the application process for Race to the Top is hopelessly flawed.
Full Disclosure? No Way, Says Groups Fighting New State Law
The push to continue secrecy in Wisconsin politics has begun. Two groups from opposite ends of the political spectrum have filed a federal lawsuit to block a new state law that forces groups doing political advertising to disclose where they get their money from. No surprise to Wisconsin Democracy Campaign's Mike McCabe. He says there's liberal interests and conservative interests alike who not only want to spend as much as they want on political campaigns but also want to do it in secret. Liberal group, One Wisconsin Now and conservative-oriented, Wisconsin Club for Growth are trying to block the new disclosure rules