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'Snitches get snitches'...
That's the excuse a La Crosse County prisoner gave to a deputy for allegedly beating up another prisoner. Lucas Brickl was the inmate reportedly attacked for snitching, and his attackers are identified as Houaka Yang and Pao Choua Vue. This Pao Vue is the cousin of the Pao Choua Vue convicted last week, in connection with the March murder of Sara Hougom. Brickl is accused of being a 'snitch' for saying that the second Pao Vue claimed he was responsible for Hougom's death.
While there's still some arguing in La Crosse about rules for electronic billboards, another area town seems to have worked out a compromise on the issue.
Onalaska Mayor Joe Chilsen says a set of billboard rules for the city has been prepared by a special committee that included sign company reps and concerned citizens. Chilsen tells us he wasn't surprised that the group reached an agreement...but others are.
The compromise includes standards for the size and brightness of electronic signs in Onalaska, and for what kind of messages can be displayed on the billboards. The plan now goes to a city council committee.
The emerald ash borer continues to spread north through the La Crosse area...
Yesterday, the Wisconsin Ag Department discovered the trapping of an adult ash borer at Trempealeau, in Perrot State Park. The tree-killing beetle has previously been found in La Crosse, Vernon, and Crawford County...and has reached 13 Wisconsin counties in all. State experts say some, but not all, ash trees will have to be removed from the park to prevent the ash borer from spreading.
AARP was hoping that social security and Medicare would have a more prominent role in discussions leading up to the presidential election. Consider it a hope fulfilled. With Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan getting picked as Mitt Romney's running mate, talk over the entitlement programs will be unavoidable, says Lisa Lamkins with Wisconsin AARP
Lamkins hopes the presidential candidates will take the time to give voters specifics about their plans for the futures of social security and medicare.
A lot of changes coming in the next few years to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. And Chancellor Joe Gow says, with some new buildings coming, they couldn't wait any longer.
The largest project coming is replacing a 1960s-era science hall. The project, costing $82 million, would be a new, four-story facility including teaching and research labs and associated support spaces. Gow anticipates hiring an architect in 2013 to start working on a final design. Construction for phase I would likely begin in 2015. The state-of-the-art facility replaces Cowley Hall.