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Delays in processing DNA evidence have forced a postponement of the Eric Koula murder trial in La Crosse. Judge Scott Horne has set jury selection for April 16th. Defense attorney James Koby asked for more time to evaluate genetic evidence from the house where Koula's parents were shot to death last year. Koby says the latest report from the state crime lab came out just two days ago, and there is still some unidentified DNA from the crime scene. Horne says "this shouldn't have happened," because much of the evidence was sent to the lab over a year ago. The trial was scheduled to begin next Monday.
A winter storm watch is in effect for west central Wisconsin for Saturday. A potent storm system is expected to impact travel conditions. That's why ReadyWisconsin is encouraging motorists to be prepared before they hit the highways.
Two for two now on the plan for a city administrator in La Crosse. A second city council committee has last night given the go ahead on a proposal to add a top level manager in city hall and take away some of the duties from the mayor's office. Like the first committee vote, this one is also nearly unanimous with one abstention. In the two committee meetings, a total of ten city council members have said yes to the city administrator proposal which now goes to the full council on Tuesday. Twelve votes overall are needed to approve the change to the city's form of government.
Does the city of La Crosse have enough park land? This week, city councilman jim Bloedorn suggested as much, saying that developing part of the experimental forest near Hixon Forest might be a better use for the land than permanently designating it as a city park
Although La Crosse has owned the experimental forest for nearly fifty years, it's never been officially designated as park land.
The 6th Annual Lacrosse Dancing with the Stars, held last Saturday, was a huge success according to organizers.
Cheryl Hancock of the Scenic Bluffs Chapter of the Red Cross says the move to the Lacrosse Center was a huge part of the success.......going from 800 in the audience last year to 2000 this year.