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One of the reasons given for having new garbage regulations in La Crosse is to help clean up the neighborhoods that have a high percentage of rentals. Washburn neighborhood is one of those. But the Washburn Neighborhood Association president says, 'no thank you.' Randy Magno has outlined a number of reasons that the city council should not pass new garbage regulations. Magno says the winners of having new regulations will be garbage haulers like Harters' which will benefit from having a bunch of new dumpster customers. While the losers will be taxpayers and landlords, says Magno. Other winners, he says; scavengers who face new restrictions but won't be caught or prosecuted anyway; and those too lazy to dispose of their electronics properly.
You can sometimes smell the chlorine in the drinking water coming from your tap. And that may not be such a bad thing. In fact, a new Wisconsin study found several instances of human viruses showing up in water supplies that were not disinfected through chlorination or some other process. La Crosse city water utility manger Mark Johnson says disinfection is key when doing water system repairs above ground
Water systems in Wisconsin typically use chlorine or ultraviolet light to disinfect water. But there are 60 systems that use no disinfecting process at all.
Some groups around the nation are hoping to stop legalized online gambling before it begins. Wisconsin Family Action is among the groups wanting congress to strengthen laws about internet gambling to keep states from seizing it as a revenue raiser for depleted coffers. Director Julaine Appling says expanding gambling would be detrimental to families
Appling says internet gambling would particularly create new addictions among young people.
Testimony about cameras took up much of the time in court at the Eric Koula murder trial on Friday...
Jurors saw security videos from three different cameras at Bridgeview Plaza, taken on the afternoon in 2010 that Koula said he went there to shop for an anniversary present for his wife. But security videos don't show him going there, and investigators believe Koula was actually at his parents' home in Barre Mills at that time, fatally shooting his mother and father.
The jury also was told about another camera...one secretly installed by officers to monitor Eric Koula's house after the murders. Chief Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Wolf said the decision came after Eric claimed he had received a mysterious letter with the message 'Fixed You.' The defense has confirmed that Eric wrote that note to himself. The trial resumes Monday morning in La Crosse County court.
An international celebration in Winona on Sunday, with the city welcoming visitors from Japan to help plant cherry trees donated to Winona by the Japanese government.
The main purpose of the celebration was to plant the trees in Lake Park. Kwetsu Sasaki is mayor of Misato, Winona's sister city in Japan. He says the gift to Winona has been in the works a long time, but was delayed.
Three dozen American cities are receiving the trees from Japan this year, marking the 100th anniversary of when cherry trees were donated to Washington, D-C.