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The parking ramp has a name. Cars have been using the new ramp in downtown La Crosse for weeks. The city's parking utility board is having talks about how to charge for parking in the new Riverside ramp. But the ramp isn't officially finished yet. The city's public works department says the new ramp, mostly complete since August, still has a few things that need to be finished before it can be considered 'done.' Until that, the city won't turn over a check for the ramp. Final price on the ramp is still not completely set, but it was built at about a half million dollars under budget.
Proposed changes to Wisconsin DNR permitting rules have conservation groups up in arms. League of Conservation Voters head, Anne Sayers says a bill to hurry the pace of DNR permits for business takes streamlining too far
The Trempealeau County Board of Supervisors has gone on record as supporting one of two routes for the proposed new high-voltage power lines that are expected to run through the county. The supervisors favored the southern route between Alma and La Crosse.
La Crosse has had one of the best unemployment rates in the state throughout the staggering and sputtering recovery from the recession.
But over the last couple of months, the metro area lost jobs even while the jobless rate dropped slightly. However, last month, La Crosse also added jobs to go along with the lower unemployment rate. New numbers from the state show the La Crosse metro with a 5.5% unemployment rate. The state also says the metro area was one of only four to add jobs during September, up a thousand from the month before.