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New York's gain is LaCrosse county's loss. After serving for nearly a dozen years county human services director Jerry Huber is leaving his post to accept a job working with disabled people in the Big Apple. He says the people were the best part of his job in LaCrosse county. This is a homecoming for Huber. He grew up in Manhattan and already has a daughter living in New York. His new job starts in July.
THE LA CROSSE SYMPHONY HAS SPENT THE LAST YEAR AUDITIONING SIX MEN TO SUCCEED AMY MILLS AS ITS FULL-TIME CONDUCTOR.
AS IT TURNS OUT, THE LAST GUY TO TRY OUT GOT THE JOB. ALEXANDER PLATT HAS BEEN HIRED AS L-S-O MUSIC DIRECTOR, LESS THAN A WEEK AFTER HE CONDUCTED TWO CONCERTS AT VITERBO. THE CHAIR OF THE SEARCH COMMITTEE, JIM GALLAGHER, SAYS CONCERT-GOERS LIKED PLATT. BUT THE COMMITTEE LIKED HIS BUSINESS SAVVY AS WELL AS HIS MUSICAL SKILLS.
PLATT WILL DIVIDE HIS TIME IN WISCONSIN DURING THE YEAR BETWEEN THE LA CROSSE SYMPHONY AND A GROUP HE STARTED...THE WISCONSIN PHILHARMONIC IN WAUKESHA. HIS FIRST ASSIGNMENT AS L-S-O CONDUCTOR WILL BE THE SUMMER POPS CONCERT AT THE OMNI CENTER.
That La Crosse County man shot in a stand-off with police a month ago is improving...
Keith Marchbanks could be let out of the hospital within a month, according to both the La Crosse County sheriff's department and the D-A. Investigators have talked with Marchbanks about the events of March 29th at his wife's West Salem home, when they say he stabbed her twice and started the house on fire. Prosecutor Tim Gruenke tells us he hasn't decided yet on what charges could be filed against Marchbanks...who was shot by an Onalaska policeman as he quickly walked toward cops with a butcher knife.
If you think you've seen a wolf in Wisconsin, you're probably not wrong. Wisconsin DNR wildlife ecologist, Adrian Wydeven says, over a three-year period 56 of the state's counties recorded finding at least one dead wolf. His agency has recorded over seven hundred wolves in the state. Biggest number since counting began. Partly why the state is asking the feds to remove the wolves from the endangered species list.
So there's your offshore oil drilling on display in the gulf coast. And the giant oil spill that's threatening coastlines along the gulf is causing more than a few to rethink the idea of increased drilling. Although La Crosse's Barb Frank, on the national board of the Sierra Club has never been a fan of offshore drilling. She says it risks too much environmental destruction and degradation. The Republican governor of Florida says he's re-thinking support for drilling near the state's coastlines. But the Obama administration, so far, is standing by its plans to expand drilling off the coast.