Lease keeps Loggers at Copeland until, likely, 2033
The board that oversees elections and ethics in Wisconsin has been hailed as a national model. Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board has proven to be effective. It is comprised of non-partisan...
So now that a 3 county commuter bus project has been put on hold due to a declined bid, what happens now. Peter Fletcher, a transportation planner at the Mississippi River Regional Planning Commission, says there's still hope.
The date was July 2nd to start the $3 a ride bus that included La Crosse, Vernon and Crawford counties. The Wisconsin DOT is paying about 80% of the project......at least for this year.
It probably cost more to fix a fire-damaged dorm at U-W-La Crosse this year than to build the dorm in the first place...
The renovation of Drake Hall is nearly complete, but it won't be open to students again until just before the fall semester. Campus residence life director Nick Nicklaus says the repair bill came close to three million dollars. And the remodeling process was prolonged by the need to replace wiring that was fused together by the January fire.
Nobody was hurt in the Drake fire, and the exact cause is still unknown. Meanwhile, the university expects the cleanup of another campus fire last weekend at Wittich Hall to take about a month.
Jurors at the Eric Koula murder trial may be seeing light at the end of the tunnel...
Thirteen days into the La Crosse County trial, they've been told that the defense is likely to call its last witness on Thursday. And after the D-A has a second chance at some witnesses, closing arguments could happen early next week.
Judge Scott Horne says the jury would be sequestered until it reaches a verdict...and if the discussions last more than one day, the jury could meet until 9 p-m on any given day. Koula is on trial for the shooting deaths of his parents over two years ago. The judge kept his schedule open for the trial through June 29th.
La Crosse's May unemployment rate has edged up over six percent. The latest numbers from the state shows the city with an unemployment rate of 6.1% for May. That's up from 5.8% in April but still half a percent lower than during May of last year. The lowest rate in the state continues to be in Caledonia which has an unemployment rate of 3.8%. The highest is in Beloit at 11.6%. Meanwhile, the state says La Crosse is just one of four measured metro areas in the state to lose jobs between April and May. But has still added 14 hundred jobs since Mayo of last year.
Practice rounds today for anglers taking part in the Bassmaster Elite tournament this week in La Crosse. Dan Deicher was out on the water early with Skeet Reese, 2009 Bassmaster Classic winner.
Cleanup from last weekend’s fire in UW-La Crosse’s Wittich Hall is
expected to take at least a month. Following a review of fire damage by the
state adjuster on Tuesday, the university is proceeding with getting more
details of the scope of work for cleaning and restoration of the
building, according to Bob
Hetzel, Vice Chancellor for Administration & Finance.
The building is likely to be off-line for a month while restoration work is
completed. During the next several days, employees who worked in the building
will be allowed in to retrieve work and personal items. State risk management
officials have not yet been able to provide a cost estimate for the
Firefighters were called to the second oldest academic building
on campus around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, June 16. The fire started in and was contained to a basement storage area, but there is extensive smoke damage throughout the building. The fire started near a power strip on the wall and has been ruled accidental.
A forensic expert for the defense believes that the murders of Eric Koula's parents were the work of an 'organized do-er'...
Max Scott of Colorado does not use the term 'hit man,' but he argues that the lack of physical evidence and the skill of the shooter suggests that an experienced killer committed the murders at Barre Mills two years ago. Scott also suggests there could be two shooters, because the bullets that killed Dennis and Merna Koula may not have been from the same gun. The defense has argued throughout the trial that Eric Koula hardly ever fired guns, except to shoot at rabbits in his yard.
It would only take a little political will to make monumental shifts in campaign regulations. From Wisconsin Common Cause, Jay Heck has some ideas for making needed reforms
Heck says, with legislation already written for all three reforms, it would take a matter of days to pass all three were the governor to call for a special session of the legislature.
Two days of questioning on the witness stand did not shake Eric Koula from his position of innocence in the shooting deaths of his parents.
During testimony on Tuesday, Koula did say that failing to tell police about signing his father's name to a 50-thousand dollar check might make him appear guilty. Prosecutor Gary Freyberg (FRY-berg) also accused Eric Koula of steering police away from the main suspect...Koula himself...by faking the threatening note which said 'Fixed You':
Koula became emotional at times on Tuesday, but mostly he challenged the prosecution's questions and repeated standard answers about his actions around the time his parents were killed.