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The head of a new Wisconsin state department sees areas of improvement in his own agency. Dave Ross is the secretary of the newly formed department of Safety and Professional Services. He recognizes that his agency can significantly improve on investigating professional license holders
Ross's agency was formed this summer when the state's Commerce department was dismantled. His department recently dealt with the discipline of UW system doctors who handed out bogus sick notes for teachers attending protests in Madison.
A decision to snub a federal law could come back to bite Wisconsin. The Walker administration has ended work on a state health insurance exchange as mandated by a federal health care overhaul. From the Wisconsin Association of Health Plans, Pete Dougherty worries that the move could mean the feds eventually take over establishing the health exchange if the Supreme Court upholds the law
If the Supreme Court rules in favor of the controversial law, the state will have just a few months to establish an exchange.
Just before 1, today an Onalaska resident getting his mail noticed three suspicious people walking along the tree line near his home in the Oak Park addition. When the resident asked the three men what they were doing they ran toward a vehicle. The vehicle, a 1996 maroon Dodge Intrepid, had Kansas license plates 409 ECC.
The three men, two white and one black, may be linked to a forced entry burglary that occurred on Birch Street earlier today.
The Onalaska Police Department is telling residents to not approach these men and is asking that anyone seeing the vehicle to contact Dispatch. Anyone noticing suspicious activity in their neighborhood is advised to contact the Onalaska Police Department immediately.
A new 'person of interest' was scheduled to be interviewed this past fall about a cold-case murder in La Crosse County...
Sheriff's Captain Kurt Papenfuss says an interview has been done, and a DNA sample could be obtained to see if the man is connected to Terry Dolowy's death. But they're not much closer to charging anyone with the 1985 murder of Dolowy. Her headless body was found burning in a ditch, and DNA was taken from her remains a few years ago. Papenfuss tells us that in order to bring a new perspective to the case, an investigator in the D-A's office is reviewing the files on Dolowy's death.
Should Winona County put the brakes on frac sand mining. That question is now being debated amongst residents there. At a county board hearing last week, most of the speakers from the Winona County Board backed a moratorium, voicing concerns ranging from air and water quality, to road damage, to health issues. Moratorium opponents touted the potential economic benefits of sand mining. Jason Gillman says they heard quite a bit that night.
The board deferred a decision until its January 10th meeting. Eight sand mine permit applications have been filed in Winona County.