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It hasn't been passed by the full legislature. But, a move to force all police departments to add equipment to track racial profiling is moving closer to reality. Yesterday, the legislative budget committee approved the plan. Assembly democrat and former Onalaska cop Chris Danou says larger departments will have the equipment on hand to make the change without much expense. He feels smaller police stations could face a challenge paying for the additional profiling technology. Danou doesn't believe this is an issue in western Wisconsin. But, race is an issue between cops and residents living in the southeast portion of the state.
Federal home buyer tax credits certainly have boosted home sales. But the credits are expired and homes are still moving, says State Bank Financial Senior VP in La Crosse, Wayne Oliver. Those sales happening for good reasons, he says. Among them: Value. Oliver says, when comparing quality rental prices to home prices and interest rates, people are making good choices in buying.
La Crosse tracks the rest of midwest in home sales, according to a new report; the region showing better growth in sales for May than the rest of the nation.
Long range planning can sometimes take a long time to get done. Kind of like the planning that the La Crosse school district is tackling regarding the future of its school buildings. The school board is months into the review of a proposed long range plan. A complicated process, says school board member Steve Kopp, because some of the key issues facing the district in the long run don't have solutions yet. While long range plans were back on the school board's agenda this week, the board skipped over the topic to deal with more pressing concerns. Like a whole bunch of teacher assistant layoffs.
La Crosse County is ready to file attempted murder charges against a man who was shot during a standoff in March...
Keith Marchbanks will make a court appearance by phone on Thursday, because he's not able to leave the hospital yet, and has to use a wheelchair.
La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson says Marchbanks could be sent to the jail sometime next month. An Onalaska policeman shot and wounded Marchbanks when he came toward officers with a large knife, outside his wife's house at West Salem.
Is a GED just like a regular high school diploma? A new study suggests not. The study says a high school equivalency may only be a little better for students than just dropping out. But La Crosse associate superintendent, Randy Nelson says equivalency is still essential for some students. Especially those who deal with conflict at home or wind up in jail. Nelson says, for those, getting a GED or HSED is essential for showing that they have what it takes to be a high school graduate. Nelson says the district doesn't encourage students to get a GED but can help them in that direction if needed.