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Dan Kapanke and other state Senators facing recalls are being accused of violating campaign disclosure laws, and might be fined or forced to give back donations.
The Wisconsin Democracy Campaign is filing complaints against Kapanke and two other Senators for failing to reveal information about some of their donors. Democracy Campaign director Mike McCabe says the law requires the names and occupations of people giving more than 100 dollars a year to a candidate. He wants to know more about six thousand dollars given to the Kapanke campaign since the first of the year. McCabe says most candidates are able to comply with those rules. He thinks others who fail to comply may not care about the law.
An Onalaska man appears in court on charges of enticing teenage boys, and secretly videotaping some boys while they were taking showers.
Michael Kulas of Onalaska faces charges including attempted sexual exploitation and possessing child porn. Kulas is suspected of making pornography, and offering boys money to get sexual images of them. Earlier reports on the case incorrectly identified Kulas as the owner of a restaurant in Brice Prairie where he reportedly met some of the boys. He was not the owner.
A massive volunteer effort to clean the mighty Mississippi has now expanded to 30 cities and is growing into a summer-long campaign. Living Lands & Water will begin its Great Mississippi River Clean-up on June 11th, when volunteers will gather along the Mississippi from Saint Paul, MN to Prairie Du Chien, WI. Other cities joining this northern most leg of the clean-up will be Red Wing, MN; Wabasha, MN, Winona, MN; Alma, WI; Buffalo City, WI and LaCrosse, WI.
The clean-up, which encompassed 22 cities in its inaugural year, has grown to 30, requiring organizers to expand to monthly clean-ups across the summer. In all, 1,200-1,500 volunteers are expected to take part in this year’s clean-up of the iconic waterway.
Living Lands & Waters is an environmental organization established in 1998 and headquartered in East Moline, Illinois. LL&W has removed more than six million pounds of trash through cleanup efforts along the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Illinois and Potomac Rivers since its launch over 12 years ago.
For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, visit www.livinglandsandwaters.org.
Jennifer Shilling will have a primary opponent in the coming state senate recall election for the 32nd district. La Crosse's James Smith says he'll run as a democrat to challenge Shilling but also to protest the recall process that will mean possibly nine state senate recall elections statewide this summer. Smith, who made the announcement Monday evening on WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM with Mitch Reynolds, earlier in the day had resigned his post on the executive committee for the La Crosse county republican party.
A workplace tiff has turned into something a little bigger in the eyes of La Crosse police. A woman at a La Crosse hospital says some kidding around in the break room took a serious turn when one of the workers threatened to blow her up. He was talking about putting a bomb in her car, sending her up to heaven in little pieces, triggering the bomb to go off when she opened the door; that kind of thing. He apparently also mentioned something about being a terrorist. Internal investigation at the hospital determined it was all just talk. But after the guy cut the woman off while driving, she got police involved. Guy says he was joking about all the terrorism talk. Cops aren't laughing. They've busted the 43 year-old on disorderly conduct charges.