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The sign company, Olympus Media, is asking the city of La Crosse for permits to put up new electronic billboards in the city. The company will have to wait awhile even if they get the permits. The city council has passed a one year moratorium on the big LED signs in order to study how they are used. The current city ordinance covering electronic billboards require that a certain number of conventional billboards come down for every electronic one that goes up. Opponents of the signs, however, pointed to the new electronic billboard on highway 16 just outside city limits as an example for why the city shouldn't have any of the signs. They complained the billboards were just too distracting and ugly
Some folks in the Wisconsin court system won't be sorry to see an early release policy come to an end...
The Assembly has repealed early release, and sent the bill to Governor Walker. La Crosse County D-A Tim Gruenke says prosecutors, judges, and crime victims prefer to see longer sentences for many lawbreakers, and the policy passed two years ago led judges to impose longer sentences to make up for possible early release. Republican leaders in the legislature disputed claims by Democrats that releasing some prisoners early would save tax money.
Firefighters on scene of fire at La Crosse Rubber Mills building on northside. Encountering heavy smoke. Building's apparently been evacuated. Possibly caused by welders.
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Local law enforcement officials will leave their police cars at the station and trade their uniforms for sneakers as they start running and biking, carrying the Flame of Hope. This isn’t a training camp; it’s the 25th Anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run, a movement initiated by officers to raise funds for and awareness of the 350 hometown Special Olympics athletes. That eternal flame burns with even more vigor today as Special Olympics Wisconsin celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Law Enforcement Torch Run.
Collectively, nearly 120 Wisconsin communities will run a total of 2,200 miles on this intrastate relay. Local law enforcement will converge in Stevens Point with hundreds of officers from across the state today at the State Summer Games Opening Ceremonies. Together, the officers will run the Final Leg of the Torch Run carrying a torch ignited with the Flame of Hope, light the caldron, and kick off the state event. Throughout the weekend, 2,000 athletes will participate in soccer, athletics, aquatics, and powerlifting competitions.