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Republicans still searching for Wisconsin budget deal

Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Republicans still searching for Wisconsin budget deal

Walker said it's done in principle, while Vos said talks continue 

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

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Monday - June 22, 2015 12:00 am

USO Office Celebrated at Fort McCoy

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Dozens of soldiers camping on duty at Fort McCoy got to enjoy a weekend picnic...courtesy of the U-S-O.  They got hot dogs and chips to celebrate the service agency's arrival at McCoy this spring.  Colonel Steve Nott, the garrison commander at Fort McCoy, says the thousands of troops who come through the local base provide a demand for the U-S-O.  145 thousand just last year.

Ellie Hazlett from the Wisconsin U-S-O office has been a one-person staff at McCoy for the last few weeks.  She's been very busy with the focus of office, both lifting the spriits of soldiers and their famlies.   

But Hazlett expects that soldiers stationed at McCoy soon will be helping more with the U-S-O.

 

 

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Friday - June 19, 2015 12:00 am

Administrator Salary Vote Coming

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Four more years for the county administrator are at stake in La Crosse County meetings tonight.  The county executive committee will meet tonight, before the regular monthly county board session.  Supervisors will be asked to extend administrator Steve O'Malley's contract through 2019, paying him 180-thousand dollars next year.  O'Malley would also get 25 vacation days a year, along with 10 personal days off.  The administrator has been a lightning rod for criticism from county residents who object to expensive county projects, especially on new buildings.

 

 

 

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Friday - June 19, 2015 12:00 am

Prescription Bill Named for Vet Who Died From VA Drugs

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It's a major piece of legislation. Combat Opioid Abuse. And Senator Tammy Baldwin is behind the push to garner support for the bill.
 On August 30, 2014, Marine Veteran Jason Simcakoski died at the Tomah VA Medical Center as a result of mixed drug toxicity. Baldwin said the Jason Sicakoski Memorial Opioid Safety bill would provide the VA with the tools it needs to help prevent this type of tragedy from occurring to other veterans and their families.
 Baldwin says these problems must be confronted more safely and more effectively to help veteran's meet that challenge. She says she believe the VA's overreliance on opioids has resulted in getting veterans hooked instead of getting them the help they deserve.

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Friday - June 19, 2015 12:00 am

Over a Million in Capital Projects for La Crosse Schools

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Improvements are coming to the La Crosse School District. Building and Grounds Supervisor, Joe Ledvina updated the school board this week and the proposed $1.2 million in work that is to be done throughout the district over the next 2 years.  The work includes projects like a new softball field, energy efficient lighting and additional classroom space. 

 

Classroom space is being eyed for Emerson Elementary, Hamilton Elementary and North Woods Elementary. Central High School may get a paved track and softball field while new play ground turf is proposed for Lincoln Middle School. Monies will come out the latest referendum approved by the community.

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Friday - June 19, 2015 12:00 am

Local Banker Frustrated with Nation's Debt

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Not that it's completely unexpected, but new numbers on the nation's growing debt bring condemnation this week.  On the national stage.  And locally.  Bruce Zmolek is president of Firefighters Credit Union in La Crosse.  He's stunned by the new debt predictions for the nation.  Just bad policy, says Zmolek, because every government operates better with less debt and America's debt just keeps growing.

 

The Congressional Budget Office this week projects the nation's overall debt--something around 20 trillion dollars now--to increase to more than a hundred percent of the nation's GDP in the next 25 years due to higher anticipate expenditures for health care and an aging population.

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Won't be pretty if the US Supreme Court takes down Obamacare.  That's the evaluation from the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families.  A new report from the group says Wisconsin has more to lose than many of the other 34 states that would lose federal health exchange insurance subsidies if the court finds those subsidies to be unconstitutional.  That's because people getting insurance on the exchange take advantage of those subsidies more in Wisconsin than in many of the other states that haven't set up their own exchanges.  About 180 thousand in the state get their insurance through the exchange.  More than 90 percent get subsidies.  

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As long as there's been an agency to control pollution in Minnesota, there's been a people's group to watch what that agency is up to.  Both the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and its Citizen's Board were formed at the same time nearly fifty years ago.  But the board has been dissolved by lawmakers.  Which likely means no oversight of the agency, says board member and Winona farmer, Jim Riddle who calls the change, "a bad day for transparency and a bad day for government." 

 

Republicans in St Paul had pushed for dumping the board, saying, among other things, it was no longer useful.  Last meeting for the board is on Tuesday.   

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Group Works Towards Embracing Construction Changes

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Don't complain about construction, embrace it.  That's essentially the message from La Crosse city hall and the Downtown Mainstreet group about downtown construction.  Together, they've launched a campaign to focus on the positives of construction.  "Great City, Growing Greater" is the message.  The campaign is largely focused towards downtown businesses.  But highlights the huge economic impact of the construction and how all of the building projects will positively transform the city.   

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

New Speed Limit Signs Posted

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Road crews in this area didn't take too long to post the new 70 mile an hour speed limit signs on I-90.  We're told that the higher limit was already posted by about 9 o'clock this morning between La Crosse and Tomah, and the increased limit was in effect as soon as the signs went up.  By the end of the week, it will be legal to drive 70 on about 800 miles of interstate in Wisconsin.  That leaves Oregon as the only state between the Pacific Ocean and Lake Michigan with an interstate speed limit lower than 70.

 

 

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Wednesday - June 17, 2015 12:00 am

Tomah Standoff Ends With Surrender

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Police in Tomah have seized several firearms from the house of a man who was arrested after a standoff early today.  The Combined Tactical Unit of Monroe County responded to Alan Pisarek's house after getting information that Pisarek was drunk and armed.  He's a convicted felon.  Pisarek gave himself up after speaking on the phone with negotiators, and was taken to jail to face possible charges.  The arrest happened in the 14-hundred block of Butts Avenue in Tomah.

 

 

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