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So far, there's been little movement on a plan to hold a special legislative session on jobs in Madison. More's the pity, says Onalaska state rep, Steve Doyle. Especially in light of depressing jobs estimates from the feds that say the state lost about 12 thousand jobs in June. Jobs action, says Doyle, can't wait for the regular legislative session to start
The fed numbers show Wisconsin leading the nation in jobs losses. But those federal estimates have been wrong in the past.
Some in La Crosse are using lots of water to try and keep lawns green. Water getting pumped from the city's water utility prove that out. But the volume levels during this drought summer don't come close to the all time high of about 37 million gallons pumped on one day in a very hot, dry summer day in 1988. Highest this summer: about 21 million gallons. Why the change? Awareness mostly, says water utility manager Mark Johnson
Average water volumes in the city for July are typically 13 to 14 million gallons per day. The utility has a max capacity of 40 million gallons.
Besides the two shootings in La Crosse this week-end, there was other gunplay. Cops have arrested 18 year-old Alvin Campbell for waving a gun around and carrying it in his pants pocket without a license. Campbell at first denied having a gun but amended that statement when police found the gun under some bushes. He said he bought the gun from another guy to protect himself from the jealous boyfriend of a woman he had sex with. Said he never could figure out how to take the gun off of safety. Meanwhile, police continue to investigate two separate shootings over the week-end. One in which a 19 year-old was struck and is recovering from his wounds.
There's drunk drivers and then there's plastered drivers. A 22 year-old guy picked up by La Crosse police this week-end was something more of the latter. Jackson Broer picked up his first drunk driving arrest on Sunday. Blew a .345, more than four times the legal limit for driving. Cops say Broer was so bad off he couldn't figure out how to open the window when they approached. In the car; an open bottle of whiskey and two completely sober passengers. Broer is apparenlty also a suspect in a hit and run from February.
James Misleveck and James Newman are still on the loose and some local authorities feel they may still be in the area. The two walked away from the Black River Falls Correctional facility last Tuesday night. Monroe County Sheriff, Pete Quirin, says the phone calls keep coming in.....with few leads happening.
Deputies from Vernon, Juneau and Monroe Counties have all been working the case and no strong leads have come in yet. Quirin says he is very surprised the two are still on the lam.