Turbulent Morning Ends in Cuffs For La Crosse Fella
Wisconsin's Tax Ranking Improves
Want to pay lower taxes in Wisconsin? You already are. News from an annual report by the state's Department of Revenue this week shows taxes have dropped again in the state--at least, in comparison with other states. Wisconsin now ranks 15th in the nation in taxes per thousand dollars of income. 21st on a per capita basis which is the lowest since the state adopted a sales tax. According to the state, those rankings are the lowest in 50 years.
Students Coping With UWL Dorm Crunch
When U-W-La Crosse began work on a new academic building last year, two old dorms had to be demolished.
Now, there seems to be some second-guessing about whether Baird and Trowbridge Halls should have been torn down before new housing was built. Residence Life director Nick Nicklaus says the building schedule on campus did cause a little problem, and "ideally," a new dorm would have been ready by the time those two halls were demolished. Two freshman dorms had to put three to five students in some rooms this year, to make up for the loss of two halls, but Nicklaus says the students handled the situation well. However, U-W-L did impose an early deadline this year for getting into dorms next fall.
Police Looking for Drug-Dealing Trio
They've got the drugs, now they're looking for the drug dealers. La Crosse police are on the hunt for three people they say have something to do with some guns, drugs, and money they found with a search warrant at a place on Jackson street on Tuesday. Working off a tip, cops says they collected from 1621 Jackson; two guns, lots of ammo, three grand in cash and 20 thousand dollars worth of cocaine. But no people. They're looking for information or the whereabouts of 29 year-old Nichole Scholl, 30 year-old Raymond Lewis, and 36 year-old Orlandus Lewis. All of them, say the cops, should be considered armed and dangerous.
Fortney Feud With UW Ends
No trial this week, over the Brothers Bar in Madison.
The Fortney family, owners of Brothers taverns in Madison, La Crosse, and other cities, have accepted a two-million dollar offer for their site near the UW campus. The Fortneys and the university were supposed to go to trial starting today, on whether the UW could take over the bar under laws of eminent domain. The UW wants to put a music building on the tavern site, and claimed that the Fortneys were just holding out for a better price. The Fortneys had filed the lawsuit in October, after they couldn't get the Board of Regents to help them move the bar to another location in Madison.