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When Kong Vue goes to trial in La Crosse for the Sara Hougom murder, tapes of police interviewing him will be allowed as evidence.
That ruling comes today in court, despite arguments from Vue's attorney that cops pressured his client into a confession and would not let him leave the interview room. Attorney Mark Lawton questioned the police and special agents today, to show that they coerced Vue into admitting that he shot Hougom. But Judge Todd Bjerke says he also saw the tapes, and did not find verbal pressure or coercion on the part of the cops. Kong Vue has told police that he shot Hougom when he went into her apartment to steal a purse. Vue's uncle, Pao Choua Vue, is also charged in the murder, and he goes on trial in late August.
A local Winona college student is still hospitalized after sustaining injuries in a car accident.
A selection commitee at Mayo Health Systems has chosen a new Chief Administrative Officer. Former C.A.O. Ron Paczkowski announced his retirement earlier this year. Joseph Kruse will take over the reigns starting September 4th.
[ CAO 3 is unavailable ]
Kruse says that he wants to help the health system grow and focus on improving the quality and cost of care that Mayo Clinic Health System provides.
We have all heard about the effects the summer drought has had on people's lawns and farmers fields. But what about area golf courses? Tom Ceresa, owner of the Maple Grove Country Club, says this has been an interesting summer so far.
He says the course itself has held up pretty well as they have gone from watering 6 hours a day to about 13. And tee times are being seen as early as 6am.
The story of the two escapees from Black River Falls just keeps on turning. Now, WIZM news has learned that the father of one of the convicts, 18 year old James Misleveck, has been jailed on pot charges.