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A Sparta man is in a La Crosse hospital with life threatening injuries after being involved in an officer related shooting last night in Sparta. The shooting happened just after 10 Thursday night in the 400 block of Austin Street. Sparta police officers were responding to a 911 hang-up call.
The man injured in the shooting, whose name has not been released, was taken to Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse. The unnamed officer involved in the shooting was not injured but as standard protocol in a shooting, was placed on administrative leave.
The Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wisconsin State Patrol, Sparta Police and Monroe County Sheriff's Department are investigating the incident.
The La Crosse County Board will spend $5000 towards a study of the I-90 Exit 3 corridor, but not every one on the board agreed with the plan. Gerald Sebranek was one of the 6 no votes and explained to the board......he was voting on behalf of his constituents.
The board passed the measure on a 23-6 vote. They join the City of La Crosse and the La Crosse Area Planning Committee in contributing the $49 thousand needed for the study.....which will begin next month.
For many, a mild winter has been more than pleasant. It's also been a whole lot cheaper than last year. Xcel energy says customers are spending 20% less on energy this winter compared to last year. Although that may change soon, says Brian Elwood from Xcel, starting with the current cold snap
Besides mild temps in November and December, Elwood says a much lower price for natural gas has helped to keep energy costs low so far this winter.
(AP) Minnesota's unemployment rate continued to move downward in December to a rate of 5.7 percent. State officials say it's now lower than at any time since the September 2008 financial collapse. The state Department of Employment and Economic Development released its monthly jobs report on Thursday. The December unemployment rate declined two-tenths of a percent from a 5.9 percent rate in November. The state's unemployment rate declined a total of 1.5 percent since August. That's the biggest decrease over a four-month period dating back to 1976.
Minnesota gained 7,900 jobs in December and 25,300 jobs for all of 2012. Department official Steve Hine says economic indicators are positive, but that a full economic recovery is still a ways off with numerous potential hazards that could throw it off track.
(AP) A Wisconsin judge is set to hear arguments in a lawsuit against the state's controversial new voter identification law. Judge Richard Niess will hear oral arguments Thursday against the law from the League of Women Voters in Dane County Circuit Court. Niess will decide if the case should proceed. The lawsuit names Gov. Scott Walker and members of the Government Accountability Board. Attorneys for the defendants want the case dismissed. The League of Women Voters say the law disenfranchises eligible voters. But supporters of the law say it helps prevent fraud. The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP's Milwaukee chapter have also filed lawsuits against the law. Those suits are still pending. The law is scheduled to be in effect for the state's spring primary in February.