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Getting rid of that algae could be costly. New rules approved by the DNR aim at reducing phosphorous which is blamed for algae blooms in Wisconsin waterways. Waste water treatment plants will have to make big changes under the rules, says La Crosse water utility manager, Mark Johnson. He says current effluent limit for phosphorous is 1.4 milligrams per liter, but a new limit could be as low as .1 milligrams per liter.Getting to that lower limit, says Johnson, could mean up to a whopping 60 million dollars in upgrades for the La Crosse waste water treatment facility.
It's not that a change in school funding formulas isn't a good idea. The state's certainly in need of something, says La Crosse school board member Neil Duresky, within reason. He says the state's constitution says that all students require an equitable education and anything lawmakers come up with should fall in line with that mandate.
Duresky says he's a bit skeptical so far of what he's heard of the state education secretary's plan for revamping school funding in the state. Duresky says any change has to come from the legislature. And, recently, lawmakers have shown little interest in changing how schooling gets paid for in the state.
Could this be the year for a serious challenge to Russ Feingold? A new Rasmussen poll shows just a one percent separation Wisconsin's junior senator and Republican endorsed senate candidate, Ron Johnson. A virtual dead heat. For now, says UWL political scientist, Joe Heim. He says it's a little early for a poll to indicate anything definitive about a race. Although it does suggest the race will be a close one. Heim thinks Feingold's name recognition will pose a tough challenge for political newcomer Johnson as the election nears in November.
A tussle over some borrowed money has police looking for an armed robbery suspect. Cops say a 19 year-old was in the parking lot of an ice cream place on the southside of La Crosse trying to pay back 20 bucks he owed some guy. But the guy apparently took all the young fellas money. nearly three hundred bucks. The victim tried to grab the keys from the van the thug was in. But, for his efforts, got choked and dragged for a short time while hanging out of the van. Cops are looking for the apparent robber. They've ticketed the vans driver. The robbery victim has some scrapes and bruises but he's okay otherwise.