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It's a day that many postal workers hoped would not come...
But on Wednesday, the Postal Service is expected to miss a payment toward retirement benefits...a payment of over five billion dollars. Gary Knutson of the La Crosse letter carriers union says Congress forced the post office into this situation six years ago, and Congress has not acted to correct the problem.
The Postal Service lost five billion dollars last year...and it warns that drastic service cuts might be required if the government insists on having future pensions paid in the present.
A driver accused of causing a two-car weekend crash in Vernon County is being held in Minnesota.
Mark Nordrum was arrested in Houston County yesterday. Investigators say Nordrum crashed head-on into another car on Highway 56 near Viroqua, and then ran from the accident scene. Two people in the other car were injured, along with a passenger in Nordrum's car. No word yet on when Nordrum could be brought back to Wisconsin to face charges.
Could there be a new suspect in the murder of Sara Hougom?
The defense attorney for Pao Choua Vue will be allowed to introduce evidence suggesting that a juvenile has claimed involvement in the March killing of Hougom at her La Crosse apartment. Only two people are charged in the case now...Pao Vue and Kong Vue, who both claim to have shot Hougom during an attempted burglary. Pao's attorney, John Brinckman, says a juvenile has told police that he committed the shooting, although the prosecution says the boy has gotten some details wrong. Judge Todd Bjerke says although the testimony might make the juvenile a defendant 'in a way,' he says the jury at Pao Vue's August trial should be allowed to decide whether the boy was involved. The judge also ruled that there has not been enough adverse publicity about the case to justify choosing a jury from another county.
The Green Bay Packers top the first-ever AP Pro32 NFL power rankings, a new pro football version of the AP Top 25 college football and basketball polls. Once the NFL season starts, the AP Pro32 rankings will be updated weekly.
The military style program at the Black River Falls Correctional facility has been in place for the past 8 years. In that time, only one person walked away from the facility only to be captured later that day. That was 2007. Forward 5 years and the 2nd and 3rd escapees of the facility, were also caught but not as fast. 2 weeks this time. But Superintendent, David Andraska, doesn't feel many safeguards will have to be put in place to deter others from walking away.
He says they will look at their escape notification sytems though. Meanwhile, James Mislevic and James Newman could find out Thursday if they will be sent back to Wisconsin to face charges in two counties.