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Funding to the UW system was cut by $250 million over two years in the 2011-13 budget. And with more money having to be returned to the state, UW-La Crosse finds themselves in an $8 million hole. Now, they can find $3 milion of that.......the rest? A tuition increase that La Crosse Regent, Brent Smith, will vote on today.
Under the tuition increase proposed for in state students at the 13 four year campuses and two year campuses in the UW system, increases would range between $247 at the two year colleges to $681 at UW-Madison. $300 at La Crosse.
Employers in Wisconsin have had trouble for several years filling skilled positions that include steam-fitters, brick-layers and tool-and-die-makers. Danny Bee with Western Technical College says, yes, they offer those programs.
He also says welders and electricians are also in high demand. A Manpower survey showed that engineers are the second toughest jobs to fill, followed by information technology workers, sales representatives, and accounting staffers.
It was a special send off this morning at the Onalaska Kwik Trip as 60 local Special Olympics partcipants headed to Stevens Point for the state summer games. It's the 40th year for Special Olympic and it's also the largest fundraiser for law enforcement. La Crosse's Edward Flood has been there before and tells us he looks forward to going back again.
Officers from La Crosse and Onalaska were on hand, biking from one city to the other before hitting the highway to Stevens Point.
Are Wisconsin voters fed up with recalls?
Now that state residents have decided to keep Governor Scott Walker in office, Walker and others believe the public wants recalls to become less common. Bill Feehan, Republican candidate for State Senate in La Crosse, says the existing recall law is too outdated for a state with over five million people.
Walker had predicted that if he lost, Democrats would be prepared to push for even more recall elections to gain power.
The jury sees what police saw at a murder scene in Barre Mills...
Jurors at the Eric Koula trial in La Crosse have been shown a video taken by police the day that Dennis and Merna Koula were found dead in 2010. The tape shows the couple's bodies...Dennis in the kitchen, and Merna at her computer. Investigator Fritz Leinfelder read from a written statement by Eric, about finding the bodies.
Eric Koula is accused of shooting his parents on a Friday, and calling police three days later to say he had just found them. Other police testimony today has dealt with finding a rifle and shells in the house.