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Nearly 900 voters made their way to the polls in La Crosse County for Tuesday's primary...That was a 12 per cent turnout, for an election in which only three county board races were listed on county ballots. The top vote-getter was former Forest Hills manager Dave Holtze, who received two-thirds of the votes in a three-way race in south La Crosse. Incumbent Gerald Sebranek only had 13 per cent of the votes in that contest, and so he will lose his board seat. Supervisor Bill Brockmiller was the only other candidate to get more than 100 votes on Tuesday...winning 50 per cent of the votes against two other contenders.
Voters in the Sparta Area School District Tuesday approved a referendum that will allow the district to budget for an additional $750 thousand for the next three years. The measure passed 1,039 yes votes to 572 no votes. Superintendent, John Hendricks, said that Tuesday was a good day for the Sparta Area School District.
(AP) Federal judges in Milwaukee are reconvening in a case over whether the state's new election maps are constitutional. The case was delayed Tuesday as lawyers prepared arguments about the degree to which one particular witness might have to testify. Jim Troupis helped produce the maps for Republican lawmakers, and has said much of his involvement is protected by attorney-client privilege. The three-judge panel is expected to make a decision Wednesday. Democrats and an immigrant-rights group want the maps thrown out and redone. However, a separate issue was raised Tuesday over whether state law even allows the issue to be revisited. Republican lawmakers say the law only allows new maps to be drawn once every 10 years, but plaintiffs' attorneys say they just have to be completed in the first legislative session, which is still ongoing.
(AP) The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill placing new requirements on doctors and women before abortions can be performed. The Senate passed the bill Wednesday after Democratic opponents blocked a vote on Tuesday. It passed 17-15 on a party line vote. The bill would require doctors be present when prescribing abortion-inducing drugs. It would ban the use of web cams to do that, a practice not currently done in Wisconsin. The measure would also require doctors inform a woman on her right to refuse or consent to an abortion. The doctor would be required to speak to the woman away from any partner or family member. Republican supporters say the bill will protect girls and women from harm. It now heads to the Assembly.
(AP) Longtime Green Bay Packer offensive lineman Mark Tauscher is throwing his support behind a bill in the Wisconsin Legislature designed to reduce youth concussions. Tauscher on Wednesday joined doctors, a lobbyist for the National Football League and others in support of the bill. The measure has passed the Assembly but stalled in the Senate.
Bill sponsor Sen. Alberta Darling called on the public to contact their senator to urge passage. She says some Republicans are opposed to placing mandates on schools and want to make compliance voluntary. The proposal would require that young athletes who suffer what appears to be a concussion would have to be immediately removed from the activity and not be allowed to return until examined by a health care provider and given written clearance.