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La Crosse County is ready to file attempted murder charges against a man who was shot during a standoff in March...
Keith Marchbanks will make a court appearance by phone on Thursday, because he's not able to leave the hospital yet, and has to use a wheelchair.
La Crosse County Sheriff Steve Helgeson says Marchbanks could be sent to the jail sometime next month. An Onalaska policeman shot and wounded Marchbanks when he came toward officers with a large knife, outside his wife's house at West Salem.
Is a GED just like a regular high school diploma? A new study suggests not. The study says a high school equivalency may only be a little better for students than just dropping out. But La Crosse associate superintendent, Randy Nelson says equivalency is still essential for some students. Especially those who deal with conflict at home or wind up in jail. Nelson says, for those, getting a GED or HSED is essential for showing that they have what it takes to be a high school graduate. Nelson says the district doesn't encourage students to get a GED but can help them in that direction if needed.
A response to controversial t-shirts in a western WIsconsin school district has drawn the attention of civil rights advocates. The Wisconsin ACLU says it will investigate how The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau school district handled the situation at the end of the school year that involved several students wearing KKK t-shirts. Those students will apparently face school discipline and maybe criminal charges for the t-shirts. But the ACLU questions whether the students' civil rights were violated. The group says the students' "expression of their religious or political beliefs is constitutionally protected." The group also says just because the t-shirts were considered offensive that alone would not give the school grounds to punish kids for wearing them.
Until recently, the presence of cougars in Wisconsin hasn't been a big topic of conversation for the state's DNR. But that might soon change. Because the big cats are moving in, says George Meyer, director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Meyer, who used to be DNR secretary in Wisconsin, says his old agency has been very cautious to confirm reports of cougars in the state, lacking significant physical evidence but he doubts the DNR has tried to cover up the existence of the big cats in Wisconsin.
By this point, parts of the La Crosse school district are a full-on construction zone. Doesn't take long to get that point in the summer, says district buildings and grounds chief, Joe Ledvina. He says, as soon as kids leave for summer vacation, crews are standing by to start tearing things apart. The district is still doing work paid for through a referendum from a couple of years ago. This summer, among many other projects, it's heating and air conditioning systems at Summit and Hintgen elementary and tennis courts at Logan high.