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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Tech school president proud of grad rates

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The caps and gowns have been put away and the diplomas are being framed. What's in store for the thousands of recent college graduates in Wisconsin? While they are often anxious about finding a job, a recently released report suggests graduates of Wisconsin's technical colleges need not worry.

Western Technical College President, Lee Rasch tells us that some of their numbers are higher then the state's overall.

 

95 percent of 2014 Western Technical College's grads were employed within six months and 87 percent employed in occupations related to their degrees. Job placement rates for system wide graduates have been 86 percent or higher for the last 16 years.

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Indoor smoking ban anniversary cheered

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Doctors and other health professionals are celebrating five years of smoke-free laws in Wisconsin. Although the air is cleaner in public places, the bad news is that too many people are still smoking and young people continue to pick up the tobacco habit. The La Crosse Area Health Initiative continues looking for ways to get people to give up tobacco, and to avoid using e-cigarettes, which they argue are not helping smokers quit.

 

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Salvation Army tries new kind of kettle drive

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If you're seeing red kettles on counter tops in local stores.......don't think you've just woke up from a long winter's nap. It's a new fund raising drive for the Salvation Army to help pay for thousands of meals they will serve over the next few months.
 
Julie Nelson with the local Army says while donations of food are always helpful, The Salvation Army fund raising drive focuses on cash donations to help pay for the behind the scenes part of feeding the hungry.
 
 
 
Nelson says The Salvation Army is asking people for an average gift of $6 since the cost of providing one meal in the meal program is $6. She says giving $6 to help a feeding program is like taking a homeless person to lunch. Nelson says the big red kettles will be back out around the holidays.

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

County considers art displays, hiring curator

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If you attend a La Crosse County Board meeting now, in the basement of the former courthouse, you might notice long blank walls down the hallway. When the county board moves its meetings to Associated Bank in the next year or two, things will look much different. Designers of the new offices plan to keep the glassed-in atrium now featured above the main bank lobby, and a special arts committee is recommending artworks that could be displayed in the main hallway of the new administrative center. The committee proposes a 10-thousand dollar yearly budget to hire an art coordinator who would arrange the art inside the building, possibly featuring mobiles and 3D works.

 

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Mayor urges patience with construction

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The street construction mess in La Crosse is only supposed to last another month. Mayor Tim Kabat tells us the maintenance project on 2nd Street between State and La Crosse Streets is on schedule to end in August. He urges drivers to be patient. 

 

The mayor was concerned about the impact the construction might have on Riverfest, which ended on Saturday. But he says despite traffic and parking problems, it looks like the festival had higher attendance than last year.

 

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Badgers coach makes pitch for Bucks arena

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The Legislature's budget committee held a public hearing Monday to discuss funding a new Milwaukee Bucks arena. While that was going on, the Bucks held a press conference to release details of the team holding training camp at UW-Madison this fall.

Among the speakers who were asked about the Bucks arena funding proposal, Badger Basketball Head Coach, Bo Ryan who suggested the franchise means more to the city than sports.  It's also a way to highlight Milwaukee as a destination every time a Bucks basketball game is aired. 

 

Current owners and former owner Herb Kohl would contribute $250 million to a new arena and a proposal asks the state and taxpayers to fund the rest. Both Ryan and Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said that the Bucks need to stay in Wisconsin.

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Take the Medicaid payments. That's what many people in Wisconsin have urged Governor Walker to do, in order to offset cuts he wants to make in the state budget. Walker has consistently said no to the federal Medicaid money, claiming that he doesn't think Washington will actually deliver the cash. And Dale Knapp with the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance isn't sure that accepting Medicaid money will solve the state's budget problems in part because that money may have to be earmarked for specific budget areas.

 

On WIZM's La Crosse Talk, Knapp said that Walker's refusal to take advantage of Medicaid funds probably won't make much difference to voters, once Walker launches his campaign for president.

 

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Lawmakers could skip Bucks deal altogether

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Lawmakers are holding a high profile hearing today on a bill to have the public pay for half of the new Milwaukee Bucks building. Legislative Fiscal Bureau analyst Al Runde explained to lawmakers that the state isn't obligated to take any action regarding a new arena, the existing Bradley Center or anything else about that area in Milwaukee if that's the choice they want to make.

 

Republican legislative leaders said last week they would remove the proposal from the budget bill and seek to pass it as separate legislation with the help of Democratic votes. Whether or not that will happen is still in the wait and see mode.

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Guilty plea from hot dog-eating bank robber

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A 'guilty' plea today from the man who admits to robbing the Community Credit Union in Onalaska last winter. Jonathan Smith of the Fond du Lac area could get up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced for robbery later this summer. In exchange for that guilty plea, a car theft charge is being dismissed, along with another theft charge from Trempealeau County. Smith falsely claimed to have a gun when he ordered a teller at the credit union to give him money. Smith abandoned the stolen truck he was driving, and police used a dog to track him down to Bridgeview Plaza, where they found him eating.

 

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Friday - July 10, 2015 12:00 am

Cop beater in court

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He's in court today for beating on a police officer. Two cops came to see Duane Thomas around 5 a.m. on the Fourth at a Fifth Ave. apartment. When asked to step outside, he refused. Punched one cop in the face. The fight sprawled to the hallway, where Thomas pulled the officer down a 15-foot flight of stairs. The 42-year-old La Crosse man was tased twice. Arrested for bail jumping, possession, batter to police and a slew of other charges.

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