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Last summer, the threat of a federal government shutdown lingered for several weeks.
What are the chances of that happening again this year? Not as severe, says Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Speaking in Winona this week, she said that other leaders in Washington don't want to come that close to a crisis again.
Klobuchar voted last year to support a debt limit increase to keep the government from going into default. Republicans who have run against Klobuchar in this year's Senate race have criticized how Washington handled its economic problems.
A deal for Kwik Trip to expand in La Crosse appears headed for approval. The city council has overwhelmingly agreed to a development agreement that would have the company adding significantly to its footprint in the city's industrial park. Great, says Mayor Matt Harter. Except for that one part in the agreement about returning a portion of property taxes generated by the project in a form of a cash grant
Harter doesn't believe that companies like Kwik Trip should receive substantial financial assistance to expand in La Crosse while smaller companies do without.
New rules regulating garbage disposal in La Crosse appear to be on the way. The city council has given preliminary approval to an update to La Crosse's garbage codes that involve mandates for increased use of dumpsters by rental properties, increased restrictions on scavengers, and limits on numbers of large items that can be thrown out at any one time. The city's public works board has been working on revising the city's current garbage rules for more than a year. Several landlords have resisted the new rules, saying that they would be costly and ineffective.
An effort to expand wellness education could use some help. La Crosse county nutritionist Linda Lee is hoping for support for a 450 thousand dollar grant to, among other things, add to the current Farm-to-School effort in the county
The grant comes from the feds through the UW system. It's a competitive grant and bonus points are awarded for the county's grant application based on votes gathered online.
A three-hour video of a cop questioning a possible murder suspect was a key piece of evidence on Tuesday at the Eric Koula trial...
The video showed state agent John Christopherson asking Eric about things that could link him to the 2010 murders of his parents. The agent told Eric that his parents would want him to do the right thing. Defense attorney Keith Belzer said that sounded like Christopherson was trying to get a confession from Koula, and the agent said that was 'a goal.'
The prosecution is expected to call a few more witnesses in the next day or two before the defense begins its case.