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Wisconsin's population is growing at a glacial rate. That's according to new census bureau numbers released today. The state gained just about 25 thousand people from April of 2010 through July of 2011. That's a rate of just .4%, which is about half the national rate of population growth of just under one percent. Wisconsin now has about 5.7 million people. Overall, the U.S. population increased by 2.8 million to 311.6 million.
The Salvation Army will be handing out food and Christmas presents today at their location at 319 Main Street. The entire Central High School basketball program and their youth program will again be helping the Salvation Army from approximately 4pm 7pm. This will entail over 100 athletes and parents, coaches and staff from La Crosse Central's Basketball program.
This is the 2nd year Central has provided manpower to help the Salvation Army.
Last year they helped hand out food and presents to over 400 families and over 1100 children.
Two suspects accused of hiding a corpse near a north La Crosse park this summer could be charged with murder soon...
A hearing is planned next month on whether Christina Lorenz and Cain Moss should be charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the drug death of Anthony Du Charme. Moss and Lorenz are accused of smoking the drug fentanyl with Du Charme last August. After Du Charme died suddenly, his body was hidden on a hillside near Red Cloud Park. Another hearing is planned in January to schedule trials for two other defendants charged with disposing of Du Charme's body.
A memorial will be held later today in La Crosse that looks back on the homeless people that have died over the past year. It's a national event held by the Salvation Army and as Kathy Bolling explains, the ceremony has grown since 2008 as has the number of the homeless population.
It starts at 4pm at the Salvation Army 223 N. 8th St. in La Crosse. A free meal follows the program.