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We still don't know the cause of death for a La Crosse woman, whose body was found in a parking lot.
But the possibility of drug involvement has been mentioned by Police Chief Ed Kondracki. He says if the death of 35-year-old Kristen Rodgers is proved to be drug-related, it would be the ninth such death in the city within eight months. Kondracki says the frequency of local drug deaths shows how serious a problem drug abuse has become in the La Crosse area.
In the latest sign that invasive Asian carp are penetrating
Citing new fees required by La Crosse city hall, the Oktoberfest board of directors says it has suspended plans for its three parades in the city for the fall of 2012. As part of a fee structure passed by the city council in the fall, parades, fun runs and other similar events have new fees and permits to pay to the city in order to offset things like police service. The bill for Oktoberfest for this year: $18,000. The board says its losses last year exceeded $40,000 without the fees and the organization isn't certain how it will be able to hold the parades with the new expense. Mayor Matt Harter, meanwhile, says he has yet to meet with anyone from Oktoberfest but believes some arrangement will be reached in order to keep the parades rolling this year.
Wisconsin's attorney general says he will appeal a judge's ruling to stop the state's new voter identification law. Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said he will move quickly to bring the ruling before an appellate court. He says he is confident the law will be upheld. Dane County Circuit Judge David Flanagan granted the temporary injunction Tuesday. It stops the contentious law from being in effect for the state's April 3 presidential primary election. The Republican Party of Wisconsin has also filed a formal complaint with the state's Judicial Commission to investigate Flanagan for signing a petition in November to recall GOP Gov. Scott Walker. They say Flanagan failed to maintain impartiality.
The state Senate has passed a Republican bill that would make it easier for people to build piers and docks on state waters. Right now, the Department of Natural Resources issues either general or individual permits authorizing such an activity. General permits apply statewide to anyone engaging in the activity the permit allows. Individual permits are geared to specific projects in specific areas. The bill would grant the agency the authority to issue general permits for any activity that currently requires an individual permit. The Senate passed the measure 20-13 with no debate. It goes next to the state Assembly.