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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Lawmakers are considering a bill that would do away with high-stakes graduation exams for high school students. Instead, students would take tests designed to gauge whether they are ready for college or the workforce. The tests wouldn't require a certain score to get a diploma and that's something some Republican lawmakers and business owners disagree with.
Republican Sen. Roger Chamberlain of Lino Lakes says many agree some reform is needed, but getting rid of benchmarks is baffling.
Democratic Sen. Kevin Dahle of Northfield says a group of educators voted in November to drop the graduation tests and he'll resist efforts to a certain score a prerequisite to a diploma. Under the bill, students would start taking college readiness exams in eighth grade.
MILWAUKEE (AP) A new U.S. Census Bureau report says Wisconsin's population is growing. The latest figures show the state's population grew by about 39,000 since the 2010 census to about 5.7 million residents. Dane County experienced strong growth with nearly 40 percent of the state's increase attributed to that county.
Brown and Milwaukee counties also posted gains. Brown County added more than 5,000 residents to see 2 percent growth. Milwaukee County added 7,400 people with less than 1 percent growth. The population in St. Croix County, which hugs the Minnesota border, grew about 1 percent, adding 900 people since 2010.
The population in half of Wisconsin's 72 counties declined since 2010.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Opponents of wolf hunting are going before a Minnesota Senate panel to call for a five-year moratorium on future wolf seasons.
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee will hear from both sides Thursday on the contentious issue. Hunters and trappers killed 413 wolves during the state's recent wolf season, which was the first since wolves in the western Great Lakes region came off the endangered list early last year.
The anti-wolf hunting group Howling for Wolves says Minnesota's original wolf management plan called for a five-year wait after wolves came off the list until the resumption of sport hunting. The Legislature canceled that moratorium last year when it authorized the first season. Wolf hunting supporters say the years of court battles that held up ``delisting'' made further delays unnecessary.
The Catholic Church may have a new pope, but he'll probably continue church business as usual.
La Crosse Bishop William Callahan does not expect Francis the 1st, from Argentina, to make any radical changes in the church. However, Callahan says the pope may bring a different point of view to the position, as a Jesuit and as the first pope from the Americas. Francis was chosen by cardinals on the second day of balloting at the Vatican.
On 03/12/2013 at 8:53 P.M. the La Crosse Police Department responded to Gundersen Lutheran Hospital for a male party who had been brought to the hospital for a gunshot wound to the back of his neck area. The victim had a small entrance and exit wound to the back of his neck area that required bandages. Upon police arrival at the hospital, the victim was un-cooperative in the investigation and was unwilling to tell police how he got to the hospital or the location of the shooting.
The victim (Mr. Jameson) was out on bond for 2 previous felonies and was in violation of the bond. Mr. Jameson was placed under arrest for violation of his bond and transported to county jail. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing and there are no further details at this time.
Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the La Crosse Police Department at 608-785-5962. Callers can also remain anonymous by calling the La Crosse Area Crime Stoppers at784-8477 or text laxtips at Crimes (274-637) or online at www.lacrossecrimestoppers.com.
Callers to Crime Stoppers can be eligible for rewards of up to $1,000