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Paul Ryan defends tax breaks for Foxconn at town hall

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Paul Ryan defends tax breaks for Foxconn at town hall

Speaker's first town hall in district in nearly two years; questions were preselected 

Realtors not alarmed despite sluggish home sales pace

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Realtors not alarmed despite sluggish home sales pace

Sales dropped by 9% in La Crosse County, 5% statewide 

Eclipse draws young and old to Riverside Park

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Eclipse draws young and old to Riverside Park

Event considered most viewed and photographed in history 

Support for La Crosse's 1st "neighborhood greenway" at public meeting

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Support for La Crosse's 1st "neighborhood greenway" at public meeting

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Tuesday - June 30, 2015 12:00 am

Obama Visit to Focus on Overtime

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He's coming to talk about the economy and jobs. President Obama's speech this week at UW La Crosse will focus on economic expansion and helping the middle class; specifically about expanding overtime rules for millions more in America, according to Congressman Ron Kind. Democrat Kind says Obama would admit that although progress has been made on the economy, more work needs to be done. Kind has been given some of the credit for helping pass Obama's Pacific trade bill which has been opposed by most Democrats in Congress.

 

 

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Tuesday - June 30, 2015 12:00 am

Worst Case: Losey the Detour

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They're hoping they won't need to use a detour. But just in case I-90 gets closed down between La Crosse and West Salem next spring or summer, Losey Boulevard in La Crosse will be used as a detour for Highway 16. The city board of public works approved the detour request today. The highway will be closed in the Nathan Hill area for a few weeks next year, so work crews can make cuts in the hill. The proposed detour would run from Sparta to Westby and then back through La Crosse on Losey.

 

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Tuesday - June 30, 2015 12:00 am

Sewer-Related Riverfest Traffic Mess

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Much of the water work is done. Now, sewer work is starting for much of the 2nd Street repair project downtown. Alan Borsch from City Hall tells the board of public works that sewer improvements from Vine Street north to La Crosse Street are starting today, and the utility work should be done by the second week of July. The actual reconstruction of 2nd Street will last for another month after that. While the intersection of 2nd and Vine will remain open for cross traffic, State Street will be blocked between Front and 2nd during Riverfest, because of the hotel project at the former Ross building.

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Obama Should Have Been in La Crosse Sooner

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Every incumbent president since George H-W Bush has made a stop in La Crosse, and that string of presidential visits will continue this week.  President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in La Crosse on Thursday for an event related to the economy.  Actually, we're told Obama was supposed to be here sooner.  J-D Wine, who heads the La Crosse County Democratic Partym says the president was originally scheduled to be in La Crosse laset week but the visit had to be rescheduled.  Official word of the Obama visit didn't come out until Saturday night.  This would be Obama's first appearance in La Crosse since late in the 2008 campaign, when he spoke in front of the La Crosse Center.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sixty million dollars. That's the amount that we've been told it may cost to improve La Crosse's water treatment plant in order to comply with regulations limiting phosphorous that goes into the water.  That may be a little high.  But there won't be a complete picture until a consultant to be hired by the city gets through evaluating just what steps the plant needs to take.  The city's public works board this morning will consider contracting with a company from Sheboygan to do just that.  Cost of the contract: $72 thousand. 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Milwaukee's Reefer Ticket Model

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Who knew La Crosse was on the cutting edge?  Milwaukee became just the latest city in the state to decriminalize small amounts of pot possession this month.  La Crosse made a similar move four years ago.  Which is exactly the direction the state should be going, says Molly Collins with the Wisconsin ACLU.  She says, after 40 years of a failed drug war, it's time to take a different approach.  Milwaukee's new law decriminalizes all pot possession under 25 grams.  In La Crosse, police only have the option to write a ticket instead of arresting someone possessing pot and the amount is signigicantly lower; just 7 grams. 
 

 

 

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There was a push for a city administrator in La Crosse that lasted only a few months.  But the duties of that position are still getting done.  By someone that's probably a little underpaid, reasons city council member, Doug Happel: the mayor.   Which is basically why Happel wants to increase the pay for the mayor's position.  He says he's not definitely not pushing to have a city administrator, but the mayor acts as if he's doing that job.

 

Happel wants to boost the mayor's pay to 80 thousand dollars.  That increase would only go into effect after the next election and the earliest the city council will vote on the increase would be in August.  Current mayor Tim Kabat opposes the increase.  

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Champion Winona Coach Quits

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In a surprise announcement , Mike Leaf has resigned as Winona State University’s head men’s basketball coach, effective June 30th. The announcement was made by Athletic Director Eric Schoh.

 

Leaf has spent 27 seasons with the Warriors’ basketball program, the last 16 as head coach. Leaf guided the Warriors to the 2006 and 2008 NCAA Division II National Championships, setting an NCAA Division II record with 57 consecutive wins over a span that reached from January 13th, 2006 to March 22nd, 2007. The Warriors’ 38 wins during the 2007-08 season are a record for any division of NCAA basketball.

In a public statement, Leaf said: he has enjoyed his coaching career at WSU, but it’s time for him to move on.  Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Zach Malvik will take over management  of the team until a national search can be conducted.

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Oil Industry Rep: Get Used to Oil Trains

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Oil industry lobbyists meeting with community leaders in La Crosse today.  Erin Roth, from the American Petroleum Institute, will address issues like rail safety in meetings with various groups.  Roth says the industry recognizes that locals have plenty of concerns about oil rail shipments.  But there's ploblems about expecting quick fixes.. He says oil shipments on rail will continue for the foreseeable future.

Roth says the oil industry fully supports improving the quality of both rail cars and rail infrastructure to deal with increased oil rail shipments. 

 

 

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Sunday - June 28, 2015 12:00 am

Local Pols; Gay Ruling a Winner

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La Crosse lawmakers are speaking out on the Supreme Court decision supporting gay marriage.  Congressman Ron Kind calls the ruling a step forward for fairness and equality for same-sex couples.  State Senator Jennifer Shilling says communities are strengthened when all couples have equal rights.  Wisconsin's ban on same-sex marriage, approved in a 2006 constitutional amendment, was overturned by a court ruling late last year.

 

 

 

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