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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 

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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Competing interests among emergency responders are, for now, sinking the chances for a new La Crosse Dive Rescue Team building on Isle la Plume.

The volunteer team has a benefactor willing to pay for the new building. They've got a site picked out. But the city's police and fire departments want in on the action and so nothing is happening, says the team's Jack Haase, which is disappointing, considering they were hoping to be in a new building by the end of this year. 

Police, fire and the team have been trying to negotiate a deal on a new building for the last six months. Police have suggested sharing a building with the fire department and leasing a space to the dive rescue team.

 

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Tuesday - June 2, 2015 12:00 am

E-Cigs Part of County Retailer Tobacco Checks

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Local tobacco retailer checks will now have an added focus to them. Making sure stores don t sell e-cigarettes to minors. That according to the 7 C s Health Initiative Coalition. Alison Glodowski says minor tobacco user rates are on the rise over the past five years.  She believes that's because the county is doing fewer retailer checks. 

 

Now, she says they are doing about 58 checks. And she says the 2014 Wisconsin Youth Tobacco Survey shows 7.9% of our state s high school students currently use e-cigarettes. That number has tripled in just 1 year.

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Tuesday - June 2, 2015 12:00 am

Abortion Bill Hearing Today

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A public hearing will be held this morning on a fast moving Republican bill to ban all abortions in Wisconsin after 20 weeks of fertility.

 

The bill would mean that doctors who perform abortions after 20 weeks could be convicted of felonies, and go to prison for up to three and a half years. Governor Scott Walker said Monday that he will sign the bill if and when it reaches his desk.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Warnings Out About Escaped Inmates

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Two inmates have escaped from jail just south of Des Moines, Iowa, and officials say they should be considered dangerous.

26 years old Frank Manders and 29 year old Darian Crayton escaped from the Warren County Jail at 4 a.m. this morning by manipulating a locking mechanism. They left the holding area through a stairway.

Manders was in custody on vehicular homicide charges. Crayton was in custody for driving while barred.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Best of Survey Nominating Begins

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First day for nominating in the Best of La Crosse county survey. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is back with the poll to determine who or what is the best in the county in numerous categories. This year, the poll has categories for areas just outside of the county and the numbers of categories have increased significantly overall. Nominations in all categories will be accepted until the 22nd of this month.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Onalaska Petitioners Seek Traffic Calming

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People living near the Coulee Golf Bowl in Onalaska hope City Hall will take action to make traffic safer in their neighborhood. More than 30 persons have signed a petition for traffic calming on Evenson Drive, north of the golf course. According to the petition, drivers are speeding on a street where many children live, and homeowners would like some change made to the street to slow the cars down. The city says it examined traffic on Evenson Drive, and found that there were no accidents on that street during a three-month study period.

 

 

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Two Accused in Tomah Stabbing Set for Trials

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The two men charged with a stabbing death in a Tomah motel are pleading 'not guilty.' Trials will be scheduled soon for Zachary Davis and Sebastian Martinez. They're suspected of killing Derek Magnuson earlier this year, after a fight at a motel. Davis and Martinez are suspected of committing crimes in other states after that murder, and they were arrested in Tennessee after reportedly using a credit card belonging to Magnuson. They entered pleas on Friday before a Monroe County judge. Martinez has a pre-trial hearing at the end of this month. Davis will have a similar hearing in September.

 

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Local High Schools Prep for State Track Meet

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The WIAA State Track and Field meet takes place this Friday and Saturday and the Holmen High School will be busy. The Vikings have athletes participating in 12 different events in the Division One portion of the meet, which is held at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Sports Complex. Leading the way for Holmen is Danielle Kohlwey, who will compete in both hurdles events and the long jump. At state last year, she came away with a second- and third-place finish in the hurdles races.
 
For the third consecutive year, Logan High School's Aric Elmore is headed to the WIAA State Track and Field Meet. This Friday and Saturday at UW-La Crosse's Veterans Memorial Sports Complex, Elmore will compete in the long jump and triple jump. Last year, he placed fourth and ninth in those events, respectively. Heading into his final state meet, the senior has the third-best qualifying marks in both jumps.

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A provision slipped into the state budget proposal by a Republican lawmaker last week would allow anyone with a bachelor's degree to be hired and licensed to teach sixth through 12th grade English, math, social studies or science in Wisconsin. And it has Onalaska Superintendent, Fran Finco a bit upset.

He says he has no clue what the goals of the legislation would be.....and would like someone to clarify that for him.  He also hopes that, at some point, rational people start making decisions on the future of schools. 

 

The teacher certification provision was approved as part of a package of K-12 budget items by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee last week. The state budget proposal is not final. It must be passed by both houses of the Legislature and signed by Governor Scott Walker.

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Monday - June 1, 2015 12:00 am

Man Faces Charges After Weekend Bus Accident

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It was a wild Friday night for the Cashton Girls track and field team. First, the team finished third at the WIAA Division 3 sectional meet in Bangor and qualified four athletes for next weekend s WIAA state track and field meet. After stopping in Sparta to grab a bite to eat, the bus the team was rising in was hit by a drunk driver...............who then drove away from the crash.

The driver of the pickup, 48 year old Daniel Gordon of rural Sparta, failed to stop for a stop sign before driving into the intersection. Gordon, who then drove away, was found a short time later and arrested for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, third offense, and Hit and Run causing injury. Sparta Police tell us that the impact caused one of the school bus passengers to strike their head on a window. The injured student was treated at the scene by EMS.

The accident remains under investigation.

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WEDC to watch our tax dollars in Foxconn deal, but who is watching WEDC?

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It is potentially the biggest deal in the state of Wisconsin's history. Lawmakers are trying to formalize a $3 billion incentive package to lure Foxconn, and its promise of 10,000...

Mr. Burke became a Father, 42 years ago

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Raymond Burke returned home to La Crosse in the summer of 1975, just after being ordained as a priest in Rome by Pope Paul VI. Father Burke was 27 years...

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