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"I'm not someone who gives up and we're going to reintroduce this bill during the next legislative session". Representative Chris Danou's reaction to Governor Doyle's veto of the raw milk bill. His other reaction was disappointment that the governor caved to special interest and prevented farmers from openly selling unpasturized milk. Wisconsin's governor claims he was concerned about safety. Danou believes consumers should have the right to make up their own minds. The democratic lawmaker points out that this bill would have included regulation of raw milk.
It's time for round two for the Race to the Top. And local school districts are signing up. La Crosse, Holmen and Onalaska school boards have agreed to be part of Wisconsin's second application for education funding under the federal Race to the Top program. It's a competitive process and Wisconsin wasn't anywhere near the money in the first round of applications. But, if successful in the second round, local school districts could land big dollars. About 300 thousand for Onalaska, 350 thousand for Holmen and over a million dollars could come to La Crosse schools.
La Crosse's mayor will not let his power of 'no' go lightly. Mayor Matt Harter has vetoed a city council resolution on procedures for filling vacant positions in the city. The mayor says he understands why the council wanted a new policy. He says anytime the city can approve processes, it's a good thing. Harter just thinks the approved resolution on new hires is lacking in alllowable time for evaluation on whether requested personnel are even needed.
Could this week's cougar attack in Wisconsin's Juneau county be the first among many? Might depend on how many cougars we're talking about. The Wisconsin DNR is unsure how many big cats are in the state. But the agency knows what to do when cougars start going after livestock. Remove it from the landscape. That means killing it, says the agency's Adrian Wydeven. He says cougars can likely exist pretty well in Wisconsin, as long as they don't come into conflict with humans or farm animals.
Another increase this year, for a food drive by La Crosse area letter carriers.
They collected 45-thousand pounds of food just in the city of La Crosse on Mother's Day weekend. That was three thousand pounds above the amount collected a year ago. The letter carrier drive is a major source of food during the year for community pantries, and organizations like the Salvation Army.