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Today at the New Directions luncheon, held at the Lunda Center on Western Technical College’s campus, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development Secretary Scott Baumbach and Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation CEO Paul Jadin discussed the success of Governor Scott Walker’s initiatives to open Wisconsin up to new business development and increase employment opportunities for Wisconsin residents.
Baumbach says Governor Walker’s reforms are working and as he has traveled the state he hears the same thing.....businesses are hiring and people are looking for and finding solid jobs that support working families. Jadin says that businesses across the country are taking notice of Governor Walker’s leadership on job creation.
Employment data for the month of June shows a gain of close to 13 thousand private-sector jobs, the largest one-month increase since September 2003. Additionally, since Governor Walker took office, Wisconsin has created approximately 39,300 private-sector jobs, or over 25% of the jobs that were lost during the recession. Manufacturing has also seen an increase so far this year.....the largest 6-month gain since 1995.
The Government Accountability Board has decided to do a formal investigation into potential violations of conduct by Jeffrey Greene of the La Crosse school district. It is related to prohibitions on political solicitation involving public officials and employees and also violations related to misconduct in public office.
A deadly motorcycle accident reported on County Highway B in La Crosse County...
The crash happened shortly before 4:30 in the afternoon. Traffic was shut down for a time in the area of Kleinsmith Road, near Smith Valley Road in Medary. The victim's name has not been released yet.
After three days of searching, the body of a six-year-old swimmer is found in the Mississippi.
Word came in late Wednesday that Junior Thao had been located in the Goose Island area. That's a few miles south of the Pettibone Beach area, where the boy's family had been swimming on Monday. Rescue teams had been working since then to find Junior.
It may take awhile to get there. But eventually fines and tickets in La Crosse could be much higher. Depends on the outcome on a proposed study that would determine how La Crosse fines stack up against those in comparable cities in the state. Do that study, says city councilman Doug Farmer, but don't be surprised to find that, among other things, the city has enacted ordinances for which a ticket has never been written.
The police department says it wouldn't be able to complete a fine study for several months.