Federal jobless benefits expired yesterday after a failed attempt in the Senate to extend benefits for a year. Representative Scott Brown of Massachusetts blocked the vote on the measure because it wasn't paid for.
So what does that mean for over 44 thousand Wisconsinites? A horrible, terrible Christmas, according to Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt.
He says that congress should pay for unemployment insurance and not tax cuts for the rich and that unemployment insurance creates jobs and does not add to the deficit.
The La Crosse County Health Department-Public Health Nursing Division will be offering a Seasonal Flu Clinic to the public on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; at the Festival Foods in La Crosse.
For those unable to attend the community clinic, appointments can be made Monday-Friday at the La Crosse County Health Department-Public Health Nursing Division.
The court case has closed, but questions remain about a La Crosse area priest who died this week.
Father Patrick Umberger died of cancer, a few months after being charged with possessing child porn on a computer. The La Crosse Diocese issued a statement, saying the Diocese has not received evidence that the priest broke the law. Umberger's attorney, Keith Belzer, agrees that no evidence of porn possession was found. Belzer cannot confirm a report that the Attorney General's office was prepared to drop the charges against Father Umberger, shortly before his death.
For those hoping for a better deer season in La Crosse county this year, a disappointment. Preliminary numbers show this year's harvest during the nine day gun deer season was lower than last year. With the La Crosse county Conservation Alliance, Marc Schultz refuses to publicly judge the DNR on its deer management. But he will say that more local input on deer seasons would be welcomed. Not only from local wildlife managers but from local sportsmen as well. Schultz also suggests the current deer populations may be the new normal for the area from now on.
Old family company. Big property taxpayer. Sometimes contentious relationship with the city of La Crosse. Collins Outdoor Advertising has been all of that. It is also now part of different company. Collins has been sold this week to Olympus Media, an Atlanta-based billboard company and one of the largest in the US. Collins has been a fixture in La Crosse since early in the 19th century and has managed to flourish despite movements to limit billboard signs in communities, including La Crosse. Most recently, Collins has been at loggerheads with the city over a condemnation of a sign on Copeland avenue.