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Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Friday, 18 August 2017
Spanish police kill 5 in resort hours after Barcelona attack

Van plowing into pedestrians killed at least 13, injured over 100 

Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

Friday, 18 August 2017
Park board reviews La Crosse Center's $40-million renovation plans

The new plans for enlarging the La Crosse Center are getting good reviews from members of the city p...

La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

Friday, 18 August 2017
La Crosse County's jail population has steadily increased over its 20 years - as predicted

This year, jail has seen 13 fights, almost 100 suicide threats 

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Monday - July 20, 2015 12:00 am

Heck: Goodbye to campaign spending limits

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An ugly precedent set by state supreme court justices this week. 
  
That's according to Jay Heck from Wisconsin Common Cause.  He says, with justices ruling an end to a John Doe probe into illegal campaign coordination activity between governor Walker and supporters, the state is looking at a world of full-blown, money-driven politics and will likely see current campaign spending limits openly ignored.
 
 Heck says the decision was also driven by money because the same groups for which majority justices ruled in favor were the ones donating big to get those justices elected in the first place.
 
This is the second secret John Doe probe focused on Walker's campaign activities since he took office.

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Monday - July 20, 2015 12:00 am

Drug testing could violate federal law

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A plan to have food stamp recipients drug-tested in Wisconsin looks like it may be in trouble.  Fed ag secretary Tom Vilsack this week says the plan appears to violate federal law.  Which is something Robert Kraig, from Citizen Action of Wisconsin, has been saying all along.  He says the idea was a political ploy all along,  meant to make Republicans look tough on those getting benefits.
 
 The drug-testing idea for recipients of food stamps and other benefits was put in the state budget that was signed into law this week.  Shortly after, Wisconsin's attorney general filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to declare the testing legal.  

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Monday - July 20, 2015 12:00 am

Bucks arena clears first legislative hurdle

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The state senate has approved a new Milwaukee Bucks arena agreement.
Democrat Chris Larson told us that 17 votes were needed in the state senate to pass the deal, which wasn't put on the floor until Wednesday while officials secured those votes. Republican leaders said earlier in the week that three or four Democrats would need to vote in favor of the deal for it to pass, and with the concessions made over the past day, they were able to attain that number.
 

 

The Bucks had previously threatened to leave Milwaukee if the team didn't get financing for a new arena. Two more steps now. The measure must be approved by the assembly later this month, then be signed by Governor Scott Walker.

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Monday - July 20, 2015 12:00 am

DNR says endangered reptiles will die

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They might kill a few snakes and turtles, but crews rebuilding a power line in western Wisconsin won't destroy the reptiles.  The DNR says the rare wood turtle and massasagua rattlesnake will take a hit when Dairyland power rebuilds the line in Trempealeau and La Crosse counties.  It's between the Marshland Substation in Trempealeau County and the Briggs Road Substation in La Crosse County.  Old and decrepit and in need of repair, apparently.  The rattlesnake is listed as endangered and the turtle is listed as threatened.  The DNR says the population of neither species will suffer lasting damage.  

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It's being called a big victory for Scott Walker, as he starts his official campaign for president.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court has halted a John Doe probe into Governor Walker's campaign activities during the 2012 recall election.  Rick Essenberg from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty calls the decision a victory for everyone, because it should discourage prosecutors from starting investigations for partisan reasons.

The conservative majority of the Supreme Court voted to stop the probe into whether Walker's campaign was illegally involved with groups that supported him.

 

 

 

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Wednesday - July 15, 2015 12:00 am

No local hordes for new Harper Lee book

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Book-buyers have been lining up at bookstores around the world today to get a new novel from the author of 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'  In La Crosse, we're told that a few people were waiting for Barnes and Noble to open this morning, so they could purchase Harper Lee's book 'Go Set a Watchman.'  The store received several advance orders for the book that continues the storyline of lawyer Atticus Finch and his family from 'Mockingbird.' 

 

 

 

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Wednesday - July 15, 2015 12:00 am

MN lawmaker: No MNSure bills yet this year

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180 thousand Minnesotans are wondering what is going on with MnSure, the state health insurance exchange. Medicaid and MinnesotaCare insurance renewals have been held up by technical problems. State Representative Matt Dean says that has caused some major issues.

Dean says all of those people have yet to get a bill from MNSure for this year, leading to frantic calls to state offices which come with assurances but ongoing confusion.

 

Dean says although nobody has lost coverage as a result of the delay, MinnesotaCare patients are now concerned they will be hit with a bill for their premiums and any medical care they have had in recent months all at once.

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Wednesday - July 15, 2015 12:00 am

MVC director positive despite conservation cuts

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Relief from a La Crosse-based organization that uses state money to preserve bluffland.  Head of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Carol Abrahamzon is happy that the the final state budget includes continued funding for a key stewardship fund.  Even if the funding level is half of what it was during the last two-year state spending plan.  Abrahamzon says her group always has a strong application for funding from the state and she's confident that history of success will continue. 

 

The Knowles-Nelson Stewardship fund is budgeted for about $33 million per year for the next two years to buy up land statewide to be put into a conservancy.  

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Wednesday - July 15, 2015 12:00 am

Walker says day one priority is to dismantle Obamacare

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Some politicians win elections, but they don't fight.  Others fight, but they don't win.  Scott Walker says he does both, which is a major reason why he's running for president.  Wisconsin's governor launched his White House run in Waukesha yesterday, saying Washington needs new ideas, and the government should leave people alone.

Republican Walker had harsh words about President Obama, saying he's weak on foreign policy, and accusing him of passing too many 'bad' regulations, including Obamacare.  Walker vowed to work on repealing Obamacare on the very first day he takes office as president.

 

 

 

 

 

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Illinois could benefit from Foxconn without the risk

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The states of Wisconsin and Illinois may be neighbors, but not always friendly neighbors. Soon after taking office, Governor Walker ratcheted up the rhetoric when he posted a sign along...

Radio, movies, music that were popular 53 years ago

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In 1964, local radio stations broadcast lots of high school sports. WKTY in La Crosse was broadcasting the WIAA basketball playoffs at all four levels, from regional to state. In...

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