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Despite tremendous increases in preventable diseases like whooping cough and measles in Wisconsin, you won't find Traci Lien advocating for mandatory vaccines. The La Crosse county public health nurse, however, will strongly recommend vaccinationations. And she tries to educate about risks associated with the diseases
There is no mandate for vaccinations in the US. However, all fifty states require vaccinations in order to attend public school with certain exemptions available for personal, religious or medical reasons.. Lien says the increasing numbers of those opting to not get vaccinations in part explains recent disease outbreaks.
La Crosse police still investigating an armed robbery reported last night on the southside. Cops says three people robbed four others inside a place on the two thousand block of 14th street last night. The call they got at about ten reported that somebody had been shot. But no shots actually fired. Although one victim was treated at a hospital after getting pistol whipped in the head. No arrests yet.
(AP) Minnesota legislators have no floor sessions scheduled Wednesday, leaving the field clear for high-level talks between Gov. Mark Dayton and leaders on the key issues standing in the way of a session finish. The GOP-controlled House approved a tax bill Tuesday that would give property tax relief to businesses. It's one of their top priorities, but Dayton's opposed to the bill because it would tap budget reserves to pay for the relief. Meanwhile, the struggle over a Vikings stadium plan took a detour when Republican leaders came forward Tuesday with a stadium plan that would drop the roof and fund it with general-fund dollars instead of expanded gambling. Dayton, the Vikings and other supporters of the main bill say it's a non-starter.
(AP) Authorities in eastern Minnesota say first responders are dealing with a new and dangerous phenomenon chemical suicide. Washington County Sheriff's Cmdr. Brian Mueller says his department dealt with its first case over the weekend. A person had committed suicide by mixing household chemicals in a bucket, creating a deadly gas. The body of a man from Prescott, Wis., was found in a car in Point Douglas Park. Mueller says when first responders arrived they detected a faint smell of chemicals and called St. Paul hazardous materials squad. He says more training is needed for first responders because they ``may not know what they're walking into when they open the car door.'' Mueller says the haz-mat squad has dealt with similar incidents in the Twin Cities metro area.
(AP) Wisconsin wildlife officials say another survey has turned up no sign of a deadly bat disease. White-nose syndrome causes bats to wake up during hibernation and quickly deplete their energy stores. Federal wildlife officials estimated in January the disease has killed as many as 6.7 million bats in the eastern United States and Canada.
The state Department of Natural Resources conducted a survey of more than 100 potential hibernacula in the winter of 2010-11 and found to traces of the disease. DNR officials say a survey of 114 sites this past winter found no sign of the disease, either. But they remained convinced the disease is bound to appear sometime.