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A large part of the state's murder case against Eric Koula hinges on the idea that he allegedly killed his parents during an hour-long trip from La Crosse to his home in West Salem.
Investigators tested that theory before Koula's arrest, and one state agent talked about the driving experiment during the trial on Monday. John Christopherson was one of the agents who retraced the route that police believe Koula took on May 21st, 2010...if he was the actual murderer. He says the trip involved three legs...from Loomis Street in La Crosse to the home of Koula's parents...then over to the Shopko on Highway 16. Then, the final leg, to Eric's house.
That's nearly 23 miles, with a total driving time of 37 minutes. Prosecutors believe Koula could have spent 15 minutes at his parents' house committing the murders, and still arrived home by 6:30 p.m.
The campaign to stay in office is done...so the campaign to grow jobs resumes full-time for Governor Scott Walker.
The governor's first tour of Wisconsin since winning the recall vote last week brought him to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse today. Walker has been to the medical center repeatedly since helping the staff break ground for its large new addition, which will add a few hundred jobs. This morning, Walker examined a simulated emergency room and tried a device for practicing surgery...and jokingly wondered if the experience could get him an appearance on the TV doctor show 'Grey's Anatomy.'
One of the reasons given for having new garbage regulations in La Crosse is to help clean up the neighborhoods that have a high percentage of rentals. Washburn neighborhood is one of those. But the Washburn Neighborhood Association president says, 'no thank you.' Randy Magno has outlined a number of reasons that the city council should not pass new garbage regulations. Magno says the winners of having new regulations will be garbage haulers like Harters' which will benefit from having a bunch of new dumpster customers. While the losers will be taxpayers and landlords, says Magno. Other winners, he says; scavengers who face new restrictions but won't be caught or prosecuted anyway; and those too lazy to dispose of their electronics properly.
You can sometimes smell the chlorine in the drinking water coming from your tap. And that may not be such a bad thing. In fact, a new Wisconsin study found several instances of human viruses showing up in water supplies that were not disinfected through chlorination or some other process. La Crosse city water utility manger Mark Johnson says disinfection is key when doing water system repairs above ground
Water systems in Wisconsin typically use chlorine or ultraviolet light to disinfect water. But there are 60 systems that use no disinfecting process at all.
Some groups around the nation are hoping to stop legalized online gambling before it begins. Wisconsin Family Action is among the groups wanting congress to strengthen laws about internet gambling to keep states from seizing it as a revenue raiser for depleted coffers. Director Julaine Appling says expanding gambling would be detrimental to families
Appling says internet gambling would particularly create new addictions among young people.