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Legislation that would ban the sale of fetal body parts is now circulating in Madison.  Comes from state rep Andre Jacque who says the need for the legislation is obvious because, as he says, "the simple dignity of these children being killed through abortion is being violated."  Beyond the ban on sale, the proposal also comes with new gender identification and disposal requirements.  

Other legislation from Jacque would block federal funding for Planned Parenthood in the state which would cost the organization millions of dollars.  

Similar legislation from Jacque has been introduced in the past.  But this time with possibly more success after  controversial videos showing Planned Parenthood's medical services director eating lunch with actors pretending to be in the fetal tissue market.  

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Sunday - July 26, 2015 12:00 am

Trump attacks Walker in Iowa

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No presidential candidate is safe from the ire if the Donald.  Not even the one republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has referred to as a 'nice guy.'  Trump went double barrel on Wisconsin governor Scott Walker on Saturday, according to those covering Trump while he campaigns in Iowa.  At a campaign event, Trump said Wisconsin is a mess under Walker, referencing budget deficits, high levels of borrowing and crumbling infrastructure.  Trump also labeled the state's education and hospital systems, 'a disaster.'  The attack prompted in part by Trump trailing Walker in Iowa even while the Wisconsin governor comes up second to Trump in polling among republicans nationwide.  

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Lightning strike causes fires, gas leaks

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A lightning strike on two trees on the southside is impacting, so far, dozens of homes. Lightning hit two trees during storms this morning. The strike caused fires and then gas leaks in several homes around Fairway street off of Broadview. The situation has fire department and Xcel energy crews going from house to house looking for leaks which could take a couple of hours. Xcel is asking those who smell gas to contact them at 800-895-2999. Two houses suffered fire damage. Nobody hurt.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Clements to head global chaplains

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The global head of police chaplains now has a La Crosse link. La Crosse police chaplain Mark Clements has become president of the International Conference of Police Chaplains. Clements started the chaplain program for the La Crosse police department nearly 15 years ago and now heads an organization that locally serves about ten law enforcement agencies and involves about two dozen active and reserve chaplains. Clements is pastor at Living Word Christian Church in La Crosse.

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Governor Walker is riding high since announcing a run for president earlier this month. Polls show him near the top among the long list of presidential candidates. But critics contend he got there by making damaging changes to institutions like the UW system and the state's Badgercare health system. Unacceptable, says Robert Kraig, from Citizen Action of Wisconsin.  He says Walker's political maneuvers and ambitions should take a back seat to the needs of the people in the state. 

 

 

 

Latest polling shows Walker trailing only Donald Trump nationwide among likely republican-leaning voters but still leading in the all-important state of Iowa.

 

 

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Over the last decade, La Crosse's Irish population has set aside a weekend in August for celebrating the Gaelic heritage. That happens again in a couple of weeks, when Irishfest returns to the southside festgrounds. There will be music and dancing, an Irish comedian, and Irish food and drink. And along with the usual sheep-shearing, fest president Pat Stephens this year promises a demonstration of sheep herding.

 

The pre-Irishfest activities begin tonight with a special Irish trivia contest at Dublin Square on Main Street. The actual three-day festival opens on Friday, August 7th.  The fest will provide golf cart rides in order to deal with ongoing road construction around the festgrounds.

 

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

Report: Nursing needs more diversity

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Western Wisconsin has the lowest number of nurses relative to the rest of the population. That's the conclusion from a new state nurse survey. The annual survey finds that, in the western part of the state, there are seven nurses per thousand people. In northern Wisconsin, the ratio is 15 nurses per thousand people. The survey also finds that the nursing population is nowhere near as diverse as the rest of the population. 95% of nurses are white, according to the survey.

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The La Crosse metro area joined just about every other large population area in the state with a rising unemployment rate for June. Numbers from Madison show the La Crosse area's June unemployment rate at 4.2%, up three tenths from the month before and just slightly lower than June of last year. Though the state also shows La Crosse with a few hundred fewer people employed than last year. The Madison and Appleton areas were the only ones to not show an increase in unemployment for June.

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There's maybe a reason the roads are bad around here. Just look to the southeast corner of the state. Wisconsin's beleaguered roads and massive building projects are the subject of study just published this week in Politico magazine. The study says vast highway expansion projects are undertaken especially around Milwaukee at expense of basic maintenance in the state. the study says that, between 2009 and 2011, Wisconsin spent only 39 percent of its highway dollars on maintenance versus 61 percent on new highway capacity. The biggest one completed: the Marquette interchange. At the time, the most expensive project in the state. The zoo interchange in Milwaukee is expected to cost twice as much.

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Friday - July 24, 2015 12:00 am

New rest area planned for French Island

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It's less than 40 years old, but for a publicly-used building, that's old age. The DOT welcome center on French Island will be taken down soon, to be replaced by a new and larger center. 

 

Ben Wolf, with the Short Elliott Hendrickson architects of La Crosse, says the existing building is in need of maintenance and repair because of its age.   He and the Wisconsin DOT showed off designs for a new welcome center and Mile 1 rest area at a public meeting last night. Construction of a newer rest stop should begin next May, and take about five months to complete.

 

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