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And Scott Walker's goal is shared by many Wisconsin residents in the job development profession. LADCO director Jim Hill in La Crosse says too many state regulations can prevent businesses from growing.
Hill backs Walker's idea of getting the state Commerce Department out of the regulation business. Both men would assign those duties to other agencies, or would cut down on the number of rules entirely.
A 29-year-old man from La Crosse could get 40 years in prison for molesting an underage girl...
John Bjerkaas is convicted of second-degree sexual assault, after entering an Alford plea...where he doesn't actually admit to a crime, but says there is evidence against him. Bjerkaas was supposed to go on trial for two more serious charges. He was charged in November with touching private parts of the 12-year-old victim, while she pretended to be asleep. Bjerkaas previously served probation for possessing child porn.
As the temperature jumps today, the melt-off begins. Which, coupled with forecasted rain, could cause some problems on La Crosse city streets if the melting snow has nowhere to go. That's why the city's public works department is asking for help in clearing storm drains covered by ice and snow on the road. Streets crews can't get to all of them at once, says public works director, Dale Hexom, so if you live near one of the drains, consider it a civic duty to get out a shovel and go for it. Melting snow will be the rule for the next couple of days as temps will stay in the thirties through Friday. Frigid temps expected again on Friday night and through the week-end.
A La Crosse area man will NOT be released from prison tomorrow...because the state of Wisconsin wants him to be committed as a sexual predator.
Fifty-year-old Homer Perren Junior is considered 'sexually violent' by the state justice department. Perren is finishing a 10-year prison term for the sexual assault of a child back in 2000. The state claims that Perren has a mental condition which makes him likely to commit sexual crimes again, once he's out of prison. A hearing on Perren's commitment is scheduled for next week, before La Crosse County Judge Elliott Levine.
They were still 40 per cent short of the goal, a couple days before Christmas...
However, workers with the La Crosse Salvation Army are confident they were able to collect lots of money from last-minute holiday shoppers. Julie Nelson at the Salvation Army says it's not too late to help put the red kettle campaign over the 600-thousand dollar goal.