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La Crosse County hasn't seen any cases of H-1-N-1, or even seasonal flu, in several months. County health nurse Traci Lien says local experts were surprised when a 'third wave' of H-1-N-1 didn't show up in the region. But in case the swine flu does return to the Midwest, Lien says the next batch of regular flu vaccine will include protection against H-1-N-1.
Wisconsin schools are on track to be just like every other school system in the nation. At least in some ways. Wisconsin is one of the first states to adopt the national Common Core reading and math standards. Those standards shouldn't be that hard to meet, says curriculum boss at Onalaska schools, Fran Finco.. Not for his school district or any other in the area. He says most in the area are already on track to at least hit Common Core minimums.
Adopting the national standards are part of Wisconsin's second round application for federal dollars under the Race to the Top education program.
La Crosse cops had to chase a guy all the way into a toilet on a possible drug bust Tuesday night. Police say an anonymous tipster said she'd been approached by a thug selling crack outside the Mileage station on Cass Street in La Crosse. Guy was still there when cops pulled up but hot-footed it inside to the bathroom as soon as the officer stepped out of his squad. The cop caught up to 40 year-old Micheal Williams while he had his arm stuffed inside the toilet, apparently trying to hide something. They tazed him, cuffed him, arrested him, but never found the drugs. Although apparently didn't pull the toilet apart to take a good look.
How young do gangsters get? If you believe a kid La Crosse cops have recently busted, it can be eleven years old. They say the young punk, while at the tennis courts on 7th and Farnam, whipped out a BB gun from his waistband and shot another middle schooler in the gut at close range, drawing blood. Police say he also threatened a witness to keep quiet about it or he'd shoot her, too. The kid claims to be part of the Gangster Disciples, just like his older brother. Cops believe it and say he was involved in another gang dust-up last month with the Crazy Hmong Boys.
Why wait a month? Might as well go smoke-free now...
That's the attitude at South Lanes in La Crosse, banning indoor smoking as of today, instead of holding off until the state law takes effect July 5th. South Lanes owner John Givens says bowlers could still have a smoke outside...but they might risk giving up their turns if they take too long. Givens tells us it may take about a month to wash down the walls and windows, to eliminate years of smoky smells in the bowling area.